DUE WEST, S.C.  – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team trailed for over 33 minutes in its game Saturday at Erskine. Despite trailing for over half the contest, the Bobcats found a way to rally and defeat the Flying Fleet, 67-64. The win pushes LMC's record to 16-7 overall and 10-4 in league play. The 16 victories ties the program's single season win record that was set in 2015-16. 

Considering that Lees-McRae was averaging nearly 90 points per game coming in Saturday's contest, Erskine held the Bobcats in check in the opening 20 minutes of action. Six of LMC's nine made field goals in the first half came via three-pointers. Additionally, the Bobcats only got to the line twice and went 1-for-2. With the Bobcat offense scuffling a bit, Erskine was able to control the pace of play for most of the first half as it held a six-point lead at the break, 31-25.

For about the first 10 minutes of the second half the Bobcats seemed like they were on the verge of taking the lead, but Erskine would answer to keep that from happening. It wasn't until the clock read 2:58 to go that the Bobcats took the lead for good. Jordan Turner connected on one of his five three-pointers in the game to make it 61-58 Bobcats. After the three ball from Turner, the Bobcats got critical stops and points from their senior class. Josh Gaither made a layup for two and then Turner and Lepreece Lynch combined to go a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line to seal the victory.

Lynch and Turner both had stellar performances totaling 20 and 17 points, respectively. Lynch also totaled a season-high five steals in the win. Jason Saintizaire also had a solid outing off the bench scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.

Riding a four-game winning streak, the Bobcats will look to make some program history when they travel to Southern Wesleyan Tuesday night. If the Bobcats can defeat the Warriors, which they did in Banner Elk earlier this season by a score of 93-80, it will set a new program record for wins in a season with four regular season tilts to go. Tip-off for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Bobcats rebound from slow start to pick up a 73-62 win at Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C.  – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team connected on 12 three-pointers to overcome an early deficit and defeat Erskine College on the road, 73-62. The victory, which clinches a season sweep of the Flying Fleet for the Bobcats, boosts LMC's record to 7-14 overall and 4-11 in conference play.

The Bobcats started extremely slowly Saturday. Erskine quickly jumped out to an 11-0 lead on Lees-McRae before five minutes came off the clock in the opening quarter. LMC, however, corrected themselves somewhat and got within nine points after one period. The Bobcats really turned up the pressure in the second quarter. As a team, LMC connected on six three-pointers in the stanza and outscored Erskine 27-11 overall to gain the lead going into the locker room, 38-31.

Erskine looked like it may get back into the game as it trailed by as little as three points in the later stages of the third quarter. However, the Bobcats kept the Flying Fleet from getting any closer than that thanks to their shooting from long distance. LMC grew its lead back to double figures and ended up winning Saturday's contest by 11 points, 73-62.

Despite not starting the game, Mackenzie Blankenship ended the day as Lees-McRae's leading scorer with 16 points. Fellow guard Markia Stacey connected on a trio of shots from beyond the arc to account for the bulk of her 13 points on the day. Rounding out the double figure scorers was freshman Meg Crawford who finished with 11. Crawford definitely led the charge for the Bobcats from the free throw line finishing 7-of-8 from the charity stripe Saturday.  

Lees-McRae will look to pick up not only its second win a row Tuesday when it visits Southern Wesleyan but also notch a season sweep of the Warriors as well. The Bobcats knocked off SWU, 94-72, when the latter visited Banner Elk earlier this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Bobcats close out Hawaii trip with a 3-0 loss against Academy United

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball wrapped up its trip to Hawaii with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-9) loss in an exhibition match against Academy United Saturday night. Academy United is a professional team that plays in the National Volleyball Association (NVA) based out of San Francisco, California.

Set 1 – LMC found itself down very early in the match. AU promptly started scoring four of the first five points. Lees-McRae was able to trim the deficit back down to a pair of points, but Academy United repeated itself at the end of the frame closing out the first frame on a 4-1 run to win the first, 25-19.

Set 2 – Lees-McRae played its best set of the night in the second stanza. LMC trailed Academy United by just three points midway through the frame, 16-13. Following that point, however, AU went on a 9-4 run to close out the set, 25-19.

Set 3 – In what proved to be the final set of the match, Academy United put together its best efforts of the contest. They hit .556 on 18 attempts with 11 kills. On the flip side, the Bobcats struggled with attack errors hitting a match-low -.043. Those two factors led to a 25-9 victory for Academy United.

Next Up – The Bobcats will return home to Williams Gymnasium next Thursday when they host Queens (N.C.) University. First serve for that match is set for 7 p.m.

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Photo Courtesy: Jordan Turner, LMC Athletics