BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team had the magic touch from beyond the arc Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium as the Bobcats connected on 19 three-pointers to knock off North Greenville, 94-61. The win is the sixth straight for Lees-McRae, and it moves the team's record to 18-7 overall and 12-4 in conference play.

North Greenville shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half Saturday, but it still found itself behind LMC by 10 points at the break. NGU's downfall can be traced to its 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Lees-McRae would use these turnovers and turn them into opportunities to get out and run in transition. With the Crusaders trying to catch the Bobcats, the latter drained 10 three-pointers in the first to account for 30 of the team's 43 points at the break.

The Bobcats kept rolling in the second half outscoring the Crusaders 51-28 to finish off their seventh straight win. LMC led by as many as 31 points in the second half and 10 different players scored at least two points in the stanza.

Senior Jordan Turner led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including a 7-of-10 mark from beyond the arc. The duo of Jason Saintizaire and Lepreece Lynch also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Overall, seven different Bobcats scored seven points or more in the victory. In addition to his point totals, Lynch also blocked a pair of shots and snatched a team-high six rebounds, while Quay Kimble matched a season-high with eight assists.

Next up for the Bobcats is a non-conference game against Winston-Salem State on Tuesday at Williams Gymnasium. The game, which is the final non-conference matchup of the regular season for LMC, will get underway at 7 p.m.

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Bobcats extend winning streak to three with an 82-69 win over North Greenville

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Paced by a career-high 18 points from Taylor Fluette, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team notched its third straight conference victory Saturday afternoon defeating North Greenville, 82-69. The win boosts LMC's record to 9-14 on the season and 6-11 in league action.  

The first half was one of polar opposites. North Greenville jumped on Lees-McRae to lead by eight points, 22-14, after one quarter of play. LMC would rebound, however, to outscore the Crusaders 22-10 in the second to pull ahead, 36-32, at the halftime break. Balance was key for the Bobcats to mount their comeback with six different players with at least four points at the intermission. Additionally, Markia Stacey had eight assists in the first half alone.

Lees-McRae kept stellar play from the second quarter rolling in the second half. LMC led by as many as 18 points before winning the contest by 13 points, 82-69. The Bobcats connected on eight three-pointers in the final 20 minutes to power the offense, and to pick up their third straight victory.

As mentioned earlier, Fluette notched a career-high 18 points in the win. The Burlington, N.C. native scored all of her points on the afternoon via the three-pointer. Freshman Grace Canella also had a stellar outing off the Bobcat bench scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds. Brea Forbes led LMC with seven rebounds, while Stacey finished with a team-high 11 assists.

LMC will look to ride this wave of momentum Wednesday when it welcomes Converse to Williams Gymnasium for another critical Conference Carolinas matchup. Tip-off for that game is set for 5:30 p.m.

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Men’s Cross Country honored by USTFCCCA for academic success

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Lees-McRae College men's cross country team and a pair of its student-athletes were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Friday for academic success. As a team, the Bobcats boasted a 3.16 team GPA last fall to earn All-Academic honors from the organization. Individually, both Austin Thompson and Nolan Capps earned All-Academic honors as well.

Teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic team awards. Overall, there were 176 teams – 157 women's teams and 119 men's teams – that picked up All-Academic honors.

The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

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Bobcats battle but fall in four sets to Queens (N.C.)

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team battled but fell to Queens (N.C.) University Thursday night at Williams Gymnasium in four sets (27-25, 22-25, 29-27, 29-27). The loss moves the Bobcats' record to 2-8 on the season.

Set 1 – The Royals led the Bobcats by as many as five points in the opening stanza Thursday but the Bobcats clawed back to tie the score at 18. Both squads traded turns with the lead and the tally was tied at 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. It was the Royals that came up with points when they needed them with the score knotted at 25 with back-to-back kills to take the opening frame, 27-25.

Set 2 – Lees-McRae came out and put together its best performance of the contest in the second set. LMC hit a match-high .464 on 28 attempts and totaled 19 kills to even the match at a set a piece. Wes RogmanJoseph Valadez and Spencer Graf powered LMC's attack combining for 13 of the team's 19 kills in the frame.

Set 3 – Much like the first set, neither team had much in way of a lead in the third. Lees-McRae mounted a rally from a five-point deficit to tie the score at 24. The scoreboard continued to show ties at 25, 26 and 27 until Queens notched back-to-back points with kills to pull in front of the Bobcats with a 29-27 win.

Set 4 – In what proved to be the final set of the contest, the Bobcats were hampered heavily by errors. LMC totaled 12 attack errors and seven service errors in the fourth. Even with the miscues, the Bobcats still forced the Royals to extra points but ended up falling just short, 29-27.  

Stat Standouts – Rogman posted a team-high 17 kills finishing one shy of his career-best. Graf also had a solid outing finishing with a career-high 11 kills on 25 attacks, while finishing with a team-high four service aces. Setting both players up was Valadez who finished with career-highs in assists (41) and kills (9). Valadez also chipped in three aces and seven digs in the match.

Next Up – The Bobcats will have nine days to prepare for their next match, which will be February 17 when they host Limestone. First serve for that match is set for 2 p.m.

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