BANNER ELK, N.C. – Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team came storming back to upend Emmanuel College Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium, 76-74. The win pushes LMC's record to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.

Emmanuel's Kendrick Colvin gave his squad an early boost in Saturday's matchup with the Bobcats. Colvin scored a team-high 17 points in the first 20 minutes of action to pace the Lions. Unlike Emmanuel that relied heavily on one player to do most of the damage, Lees-McRae used a more balanced approach. Five players scored five or more points in the opening half with Jordan Turner leading the way with seven points. The diverse offense by LMC allowed it to stay within striking distance going into the halftime break, 44-42.

As the two teams began play in the second half, the Bobcats seemed like they were in danger of falling too far behind to catch up. The Lions led 58-48 with 12:57 to go in the game. LMC would battle back though closing the deficit to one possession with just under two minutes to go. Lees-McRae tied the score at 74 with 1:01 to go. The Bobcats then forced a turnover to give themselves a chance to either win the game or force overtime. Senior Donte Falls found fellow senior Avery Wallis on a back cut underneath the basket and Wallis laid it up and in to give LMC a 76-74 lead with four seconds to go. The Lions took a timeout to plan a play but they could not execute as they didn't attempt a shot in the four seconds they had to work with giving LMC its second straight win.

Jason Saintizaire led all Bobcat scorers with 13 points on the night. Fellow junior Kamil Williams was not far behind with 12 points of his own. Overall, 11 of the 14 Bobcats that played Saturday scored at least two points.

The Bobcats will look to win their third in a row Monday when they host Erskine at 4 p.m. Monday's game is Community Appreciation Day for LMC. All fans will be admitted into the game free of charge.

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Strong Second Half lifts Emmanuel past Lees-McRae, 69-64

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Emmanuel (GA) College erased a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team in Banner Elk, 69-64, Saturday afternoon. The loss is LMC's fifth straight dropping its record to 4-10 overall and 1-7 in league play.

Neither team started well offensively as neither shot above 35 percent in the first half. The little offense that the Bobcats had can be traced to their shooting from beyond the arc. Half of LMC's 12 field goals in the opening 20 minutes came on three-pointers. Brea Forbes notched three of these herself to finish the first with a team-high 10 points to go along with eight rebounds. Thanks to the efforts from Forbes and the rest of the Bobcats, Lees-McRae led the Lions, 33-23 after one half of play.

After shooting just 25 percent from the field in the first two quarters, the Lions looked like a different team in the third quarter. Emmanuel shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the third on its way to tying the score at 60-60 going to the fourth and final quarter.

The Bobcats were never out of reach of the Lions in the fourth as they never trailed more than two possessions. Emmanuel, however, got the lead with a little over eight minutes to go and never gave it back finishing off the comeback and the 69-64 win.

Forbes not only led Lees-McRae with a 24 points but she also paced the Bobcats on the glass with 18 rebounds. Her 18 rebounds matched a career-high for Forbes. Mackenzie Blankenship was the only other Bobcat to finish in double figures Saturday with 13 points. It marks the fourth time in the last six games that Blankenship has scored 10 points or more.

LMC will be back in action Monday at 2 p.m. when it hosts Erskine at Williams Gymnasium. The game is Community Appreciation Day for the Bobcats and admission is free for everyone.

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Track & Field closes out its first indoor meet of 2018 Saturday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College track & field programs closed out its first meet of the 2018 portion of their indoor season Saturday in Johnson City. LMC notched a pair of top 10 finishes on the day to close out their performances at the ETSU Invitational.

Freshman Jalen Martin had an impact in LMC's top two finishes Saturday. Martin finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 6.72m. Martin was also a part of the Bobcat 4000m DMR team that took ninth. Tristin BertieJoshua Hall and Austin Thompson were also a part of that squad.

A complete list of the results Saturday and the whole meet can be found HERE.

The Bobcats will be back in action next weekend when they make the short drive over to Boone, N.C. to compete in the Appalachian State Open. The two-day meet is scheduled to run from Jan. 19-20.

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Men’s Volleyball picks up first win of the season in four sets over Coker on Saturday

BANNER ELK, N.C. – In its first home match of the 2018 season, the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team treated its home town crowd to a four-set victory over Coker College Saturday afternoon. The victory boosts LMC's record to 1-2 on the season.

Set 1: LMC's offense came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. The Bobcats hit .407 as a team in the opening frame. Robert Bowling and Wes Rogman both totaled five kills each to lead the way. Despite the hot-hitting Bobcat attack, the Cobras were able to remain within striking distance with four aces. Coker's efforts were for not, though, as LMC went on to win the first, 26-24.

Set 2: Coker did not have the same luck it did in the opening frame in regards to the service line. The Cobras still were within two points late in the frame at 22-20. LMC, however, would rattle off three straight points on a kill and a pair of blocks to seal the 25-20 win.

Set 3: As well as Lees-McRae's offense was clicking in the first two stanzas, it almost did the same in the opposite direction in the third. Seven of LMC's 17 points in the third came via Coker service errors. The Bobcats could not solve the suddenly hot-hitting Cobra attack as they hit .476 on their way to a 25-17 win to stay alive in the contest.

Set 4: In what proved to be the final set of the match, the Bobcats used a slow and steady approach to finish off Coker with a 25-16 win. The defense held the same Coker offense that was clicking so well in the third to a -.222 hitting percentage in the fourth to finish off the 3-1 win.

Stat Standouts: Bowling led Lees-McRae in the win with 17 kills on 27 attempts with just four errors for a .481 hitting percentage. Rogman also had a stellar day offensively finishing with 12 kills. Defensively, LMC was led by Ethan Gardner who totaled eight block assists, and Rogman had a team-high eight digs.

Next Up: The Bobcats will look to pick up their second straight win next Saturday when they return to the court to face Alderson Broadus at Williams Gymnasium. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

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