Photo Courtesy of Sherri Gardner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will return to the court this week with a pair of games on tap. LMC will begin the week by hosting Johnson C. Smith Thursday night at Williams Gymnasium before heading out on the road Saturday for its conference opener at Emmanuel. Thursday's contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's tilt is set for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae picked up a 97-82 victory over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez last Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida. The win, which is the team's third in its last four games, boosts LMC's record to 3-4 on the 2018-19 campaign.
Home Court Advantage – With a win on November 19 against Piedmont International, the Bobcats have won 17 of their last 19 games at home dating back to the beginning of last season. No school in Conference Carolinas has won more games on its home floor than Lees-McRae during that time frame.
Balanced Bobcats – A key to LMC's success early on this season has been its balance offensively. The quartet of Quay Kimble (11.2 PPG), Malik Wright (10.4 PPG), Andrew Gardner (10.9 PPG) and Jonathan Webb (10.9 PPG) are all averaging over 10 points per contest. Among Conference Carolinas schools, only Limestone has more players averaging over 10 points per game with five.
Start of Conference Play – Fresh off its best record as a member of Conference Carolinas last season (13-5), Lees-McRae will look to get its league schedule off to a good start Saturday at Emmanuel. If Lees-McRae can knock off the Lions Saturday, it will be the program's first ever road victory at Emmanuel.
About the Opponents – Johnson C. Smith comes into Thursday's matchup with the Bobcats with a 1-3 record overall. The Golden Bulls will be aiming to snap a three-game skid after winning its season-opener against Bluefield State, 95-69. A player to watch for JCSU Thursday is Roddric Ross who leads the team in both scoring average (17.3 PPG) and rebounding average (6.0 RPG).
Emmanuel will come into Saturday's game with Lees-McRae boasting a record of 4-2 on the 2018-19 season. After beginning the season 0-2, the Lions have reeled off four straight wins, including a 95-39 triumph over Bob Jones on Tuesday. A major key in Emmanuel's success can be traced to the play of Kendrick Colvin. Colvin currently leads the conference in scoring average (21.2 PPG) and rebounding average (9.0).
Series Histories vs. Opponents – LMC has a record of 1-3 against JCSU since the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Lees-McRae's lone win during that stretch came on November 22, 2016 by a score of 70-66. Against Emmanuel, meanwhile, the Bobcats are 2-6 against the Lions since the latter joined the league in 2015. In 2017-18, the two teams split the pair of meetings with each squad winning on its home court.