BANNER ELK — Lees-McRae College has played a tough non-conference schedule to open the 2015-16 season and the Bobcats are continuing to improve every game out.
After opening the season with six straight road games, LMC returned home on Nov 24 to take on nationally-ranked Mount Olive. The Bobcats knocked off Mount Olive, who was ranked as the sixth best team in the nation, 80-77.
The Bobcats had three players reach double figures. Leading scorer Austin Anderson dropped in 19 points, including hitting 4-of-6 from three-point land. Kendall Isler and Lepreece Lynch both added 13 points.
LMC shot the ball nicely from the perimeter, hitting 14-of-30 (47-percent) from three-point range.
Dominique Reed led all scorers with 21 points for Mount Olive. Mike Moore scored 18 and John Wieland added 16.
The Bobcats shut down Mount Olive from outside, holding the opposition to just 29-percent from three-point territory.
On the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Bobcats hit the road again, this time to Brevard College.
Lepreece Lynch nailed the game-winner with less than two seconds left to give LMC its second straight win, 84-83.
Lynch finished the game with 13 points.
Anderson scored 14 points and had six rebounds and Isler led the way with 17 points and chipped in five rebounds and four assists.
Darius Malbon scored 13 off the bench and was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats as a team were impressive once again from three-point territory. The team hit 14-of-31 attempts and shot 51-percent overall from the field.
Brevard played well in the paint, scoring 42 points, but was held in check on the perimeter by a stingy Bobcat defense, hitting just 5-of-20 from three-pont range.
Lees-McRae (3-5, 1-0 conference) will host Belmont Abbey on Wednesday and travel to Pfeiffer on Saturday.
– Ashe County native Daniel Waln enters his second season as an assistant coach under third-year head coach Steve Hardin.
– The Bobcats are averaging 84.6 points per game.
– Three LMC players are currently averaging double-figure scoring: Anderson (15.1), Isler (13.3) and Lynch (12.8).
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87