MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Mount Olive connected on 15 three-pointers to down the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team by a score of 88-79 Saturday night. The loss dips LMC's record to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Mount Olive used 10 three-pointers in the first half to open up a 47-36 lead on the Bobcats after 20 minutes of action. A large dose of this offensive production from UMO came from its bench as 34 of the team's 47 points came from players that did not start the game. Junior Kamil Williams was LMC's leading scorer in the first totaling 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

Facing a nine-point halftime deficit, the Bobcats couldn't seem to gain ground on the Trojans as they continued to put points on the board. UMO led by as many as 20 points with a little over three minutes to go in regulation. LMC cut the Trojan lead back down to nine by the end of the contest for the 88-79 final score.

Four Lees-McRae players finished in double figures Saturday. Williams led the team with 17 points and Jason Saintizaire added 14 points. Additionally, Jordan Turner contributed 15 and Quay Kimble chipped in 11 points off the bench for Lees-McRae.

The Bobcats will look to snap this two-game losing skid Wednesday when they visit King (Tenn.) University. Wednesday's matchup is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Fort Wayne blanks Lees-McRae in non-conference action Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Fort Wayne swept the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team Saturday night in a non-conference matchup. The loss drops LMC's 2018 record to 0-2 on the season.

Set 1: The Bobcats played neck-and-neck with the Mastodons in the opening set of Saturday's match. Fort Wayne held the lead for most of the frame, but Lees-McRae was never more than a few points behind. LMC was able to knot the score at 23-23 in search of its first set win of the young 2018 season. The Mastodons had other ideas though as they notched back-to-back points to finish off the first stanza, 25-23.

Set 2: It looked like the Bobcats would even the match at 1-1 in the second as they led 12-10 midway through the frame. Fort Wayne would go on a 10-2 run to rally past Lees-McRae and eventually won the stanza by a 25-18 final tally.

Set 3: In what proved to be the final set of the match, the Mastodons scored 13 of the first 20 points to stake themselves to an early 13-7 lead on LMC. The six-point deficit proved too much to overcome for the Bobcats as they ended up falling to Fort Wayne by a 25-18 score.

Stat Standouts: For the second straight match, LMC's offense was paced by Robert Bowling who totaled nine kills. Bowling also finished tied for the team-lead with three total blocks with fellow freshman, Ethan GardnerChris Woolslayer also had a productive night with five kills on 10 attempts to go along with a team-high six digs.

Next Up: The Bobcats will look open their home schedule next Friday when they host Bluefield College at Williams Gymnasium. The start time for that game is set for 7 p.m.

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Bobcats battle but fall just short at Mount Olive, 74-73

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – In search of its first win at Mount Olive in over a decade, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team nearly pulled it off but fell just short Saturday night as the Trojans edged the Bobcats, 74-73. The loss moves LMC's record to 4-8 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas play.

Both squads began Saturday's contest with a ton of energy as UMO and LMC held the lead at times in the opening frame. The Trojans netted a layup as time expired in the first quarter to take a 20-19 lead into the second. After a hard fought opening quarter, the Bobcats went on a run to open up a 10-point lead on Mount Olive. UMO would rally to not only tie the score but also take the lead as the two teams went to the locker with the Trojans leading 45-43.

The third quarter began much like the previous two frames. Mount Olive, however, was able to close out the third quarter on an 8-0 run to pull in front of LMC, 61-55. Facing a six point deficit, the Bobcats clawed back on a few different to get within one possession of UMO. With just 12 seconds to go, Mackenzie Blankenship connected on a three-pointer to make the score 74-73 UMO. A backcourt violation by the Trojans followed, which gave the Bobcats an opportunity to win the game with 6.7 seconds remaining. Brea Forbes took a jumper from around the free throw line but it rimmed out as the clock hit zeroes giving the Trojans the slim one-point victory.

Lees-McRae was led Saturday by its freshmen. Karli Mason led all Bobcat scorers with 18 points. All 18 of Mason's points came via the three-pointer. Fellow freshman Meg Crawford put forth her best statistical performance of her young collegiate career scoring a career-high 16 points and adding seven rebounds. Markia Stacey also finished in double figures against the Trojans with 13 points.

The Bobcats will have a few days to prepare for their next contest at King (Tenn.) University Wednesday night. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. from Bristol, Tenn.

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