The Bobcats (7-8, 4-2 CC) are on a season-high three-game win streak while leading wire-to-wire and defeating Barton for the first time since 2005. The Bulldogs (7-7, 4-2) saw their three-game win streak snapped despite a 22-point effort from Nyeshea Willie.
LMC scored early and often while sprinting out to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:36 of the game following a pair of treys from Lewis (Concord, N.C.).
The Bobcats didn't back down while they extended the lead to a healthy 17 points, 22-5, after a pair of Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) free throws at the 8:47 mark. Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) chipped in with four points during the run.
The Bulldogs Tiffany Webster scored six points in a two minute span to help shave the deficit to eight, 28-20, but a Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) three-point play stretched the Bobcat lead back to 15 moments later.
The Bobcats held a solid 39-26 lead at the half after holding BC to 30.3% from the field and 0-7 from three-point range. LMC shot 43.3% in the first 20 minutes and knocked down 10 free-throws.
Willie connected one of her two three-pointers at the 12 minute mark to cut the LMC lead to six, 49-43.
However, senior Icey Patterson (Seneca S.C.) connected on a three, converted two free-throws and registered an assist to help the Bobcat squad extend the lead back to 12, 68-56.
The Bulldogs wouldn't back down when a Shatisha Dukes layup made it 71-65 in LMC's favor with 1:57 on the clock.
Patterson drained another three before the Bobcats iced the game with free throws from Munson and Lewis.
LMC forced 18 turnovers and won the battle on the boards, 44-37. Munson impressed with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Belcher nearly missed a double-double (8 points, 11 rebounds).
The charity line was busy in the second half as both teams took 20 shots for it while the Bobcats shot an impressive 50% from the floor in the final 20 minutes. BC shot 33.3% from the floor and went 4-of-22 from long range.
The Bobcats wrap up a four-game homestand when North Greenville visits the friendly confines of Williams Gymnasium in a Conference Carolina battle Saturday at 2 p.m.
Bobcats' Rally Falls Short Against Barton
The Lees-McRae men's basketball team shot 47.8% from the field, but fell victim to a three-point attack from Barton in a 92-84 loss in Conference Carolinas play Wednesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bulldogs (7-8, 3-2 CC) saw Chris Flemmings explode for 32 points, including seven three-pointers in the first half while collecting their third win in four games. The Bobcats (6-9, 1-4 CC) dropped their fourth consecutive game despite a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) from junior Darryl Bond (Nashville, Tenn.).
Neither team could earn much breathing room for much of the first half. The Bobcats grabbed a one-point lead following a layup from Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 31-30.
BC responded with a 14-3 run thanks to back-to-back threes from Travis McEachern and Flemmings to take a 44-34 lead with 3:13 on the clock.
Junior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) hit consecutive layups to make it a six-point deficit, but an unstoppable Flemmings drained three straight triples to cap off a 9-2 Barton run to end the half.
LMC dominated the paint in the first 20 minutes, 28-16, despite trailing 53-42. The Bobcats shot an impressive 50% in the first period, but BC connected on nine three-pointers.
Senior Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) got in the mix with a bucket at the 17:31 mark to make it a 56-53 game.
However, Barton rattled off a 7-0 run following a Brian McNair three, to extend the lead to 10, 63-53.
Barton would stretch the lead to 16, 74-58, thanks to solid free-throw shooting.
The Bobcats would claw their way back into it after 20-8 run after freshman Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) ripped off seven of his team-high 19 points. Bond drove and scored on a layup with 2:01 remaining to cut the deficit to three, 85-82.
BC would go 7-for-7 from the free-throw line to claim the victory despite being outscored 28-14 in the paint in the second half.
Chambers paced the Bobcat offense and was a rebound away from a double-double. Tutton finished the game with 13 points and three steals.
The Bulldogs had a quartet of players register double figures, led by Flemmings. McNair had 14 while Daniel McClendon and Khari Fiason had 13 and 11, respectively.
LMC was held without a converted three-pointer (0-for-8) for the first time this season, but went 18-of-23 from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats look to snap their skid when they welcome North Greenville Saturday at 4 p.m. to Williams Gymnasium.
Photo Couttesy: Alyssa Munson, LMC Athletics