The Bobcats (12-13, 9-7 CC) moved into a tie for fourth in conference standings and are only a game out of third while Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) notched her third 20-point game out of the last four. The Trojans (15-9, 10-6) struggled from the floor, shooting only 32.3% in the first half.
LMC continued to thrive at home (9-1) while holding Mount Olive to six points in the first 9:01 in the wire-to-wire victory. Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) connected on a jumper at the 15:23 mark, 10-3.
Senior Layana de Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) swiped a steal and rolled in a fast break layup to give LMC its biggest lead of the night, 17-6.
The Bobcat offense caught fire and knocked down five consecutive shots, capped off by a Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) three-pointer at the with 2:49 remaining, 31-20. Lewis chimed in with five points during the spurt.
The Trojans responded with an 8-0 run to end the half after Andrea Jones and Kirsksten Mitchell connected on deep triples. Lewis registered 14 points while going 6-of-8 in the first half. Mount Olive connected on four three-pointers.
The Trojans' Ty Wallace would strike for a quick bucket, following a block to open the second frame to cut the deficit to one, 31-30. LMC responded with a 12-5 run thanks clutch shooting from Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) and Belcher.
Mitchell hit a pair of free-throws to make it 47-44, but LMC ripped off a 7-0 run to stretch it back to 10. The Bobcats would hold the Trojans at arm's length until a Joneiqua Gary block and bucket shaved the lead to four, 63-59, with 4:26 on the clock.
Senior Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) got in the mix with a steal, rebound and bucket prior to a pair of made free-throws from Natalija Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) pushed the lead to nine, 73-64.
The Trojans made it interesting by knocked down three three's over the next 40 seconds, but efficient free-throw shooting from Munson and Lewis iced the win.
LMC dominated the boards (39-29).
Lewis led all scorers with 22 while Belcher (18) and Munson (16) recorded double figures. Patterson chipped in with nine points and two steals.
LMC welcomes Belmont Abbey Saturday at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium for Senior Day. Seniors Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.), Cakarevic, Lewis, Patterson and De Souza will be honored before the game.
LMC Men Fall to Mount Olive, 93-65
The Lees-McRae men's basketball team saw freshman Mike Chambers notch his ninth 20-point game on the season, but it wasn't enough while LMC dropped a 93-65 decision to Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas play Wednesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Trojans' (16-8, 10-4 CC) defense stifled LMC while holding it to 27.3% from the floor. The Bobcats (6-19, 1-13) enjoyed an 18-point second-half performance from junior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.).
The game saw its fifth tie after Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) splashed a three at the 11:46 mark, 17-17.
The Trojans gained momentum and ran with it thanks to 24-11 run over the next 8:20 after Dontrell Brite collected seven points during the run.
Consecutive three's from Mount Olive's Ewon Bright extended the lead to 17, 47-30.
LMC offense was held to 23.3% in the first 20 minutes while the Trojan's connected on 52.9% of their shots.
Dominique Reed scored eight of Mount Olive's first 10 points of the second half to see its lead balloon to 24, 60-36.
Freshman Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.) connected on a triple before Chase Arnold (Kingsport, Tenn.) followed suit with one of his own to shave the deficit to 18, 60-42.
Junior Jacquise Moore corralled a rebound after missing a three and nailed a bucket to close the gap to 14, 69-55.
Tutton was a free-throw making machine in his 16 minutes of action, knocking down 12-of-14.
Mount Olive held LMC without a point the final 5:12 of the game while ripping off a 9-0 run.
Reed led all scorers with 24 points and an eye-popping seven blocks. Brite chipped in with 21 points while the Trojans shot 50.9%. Kendall Hargrove produced a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds).
Chambers (20) and Tutton were the only Bobcats to record double figures while Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) led the team with five rebounds.
LMC wraps up its home portion of the 2013-14 campaign with a bout against Belmont Abbey Saturday at 4 p.m. on Senior Day. Seniors Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) and DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) will be honored prior to the game.
Opening Quarter Looms Large in Loss at Tusculum
Senior Kyle Judge netted a hat trick while freshman Louis Parks notched a pair of goals, but the Lees-McRae men's lacrosse team suffered a 23-6 loss at Tusculum in nonconference action Wednesday evening in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Pioneers (2-0) exploded for 10 goals in the opening quarter while four players had at least three goals. The Bobcats (0-2) forced 23 turnovers while Dustin Barrow (Columbia, S.C.) won eight faceoffs.
TC wasted no time by notching its first goal 59 seconds into the game thanks to a Steven Raimondi goal.
LMC's Parks (Mays Landing, N.J.) responded quickly with a goal to tie it, 31 seconds later.
The Pioneers' Ben Boyd tallied three goals while TC finished the quarter on a 9-0 run.
TC racked up 18 shots while holding the Bobcats to four in the opening period.
Four different Pioneers netted a goal in the second period, including one from Boyd and Raimondi, to hold a 14-1 lead at half.
Judge (Hampstead, Md.) sliced through the Pioneer defense to net his first of three at the 13:10 mark in the third quarter.
The Bobcats impressed in the third by winning the ground ball battle, 10-7, and forcing seven turnovers.
Consecutive goals from TC's David Fernandes put the Pioneers up, 16-2, but LMC's Parks and Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) bested Eddie Schoenig for a goal each in the fourth.
Judge capped off the Bobcat scoring with a goal at the 7:08 and 3:04 mark, respectively in the final 15 minutes.
Boyd led both squads with five goals while Fernandes, Raimondi and Kellen Asmundson recorded three goals apiece.
Freshman Mike Gregory (Greensboro, N.C.) stonewalled eight shots while William Eagle (Winston-Salem, N.C.) won four faceoffs.
LMC welcomes Pfeiffer in Conference Carolinas action for its 2014 home opener on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the campus of Watauga High School.
Photo Courtesy: Kerri Belcher, LMC Athletics