BANNER ELK, N.C. --- 10 Lees-McRae players notched five points or more, led by 13 from Avery Wallis, while the men's basketball team led wire-to-wire in a 96-68 game against Piedmont International Monday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (9-7) shot 63% in the second half and held a +16 (48-32) advantage on the boards. The Bruins (0-12) remain winless on the season despite four players tallying double figures.
Junior Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while LMC connected on 12 threes.
A trio of Bobcats scored on layups in the first 73 seconds and jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
PIU's Timothy Worles and Bobcat Jordan Turner (Hickory, N.C.) exchanged triples before consecutive threes from Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) and Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) pushed the lead to 15, 25-10.
The Bruins connected on three consecutive three pointers before a Worles jumper cut the deficit to 12, 33-21.
Worles and Malik Milton led the Bruin offense with 13 points each.
PIU hung around with a pair of buckets from long range to shave the lead to 11, 44-33.
Wallis (Wilkesboro, N.C.) ripped off eight points in the first 5:04 of the second half, 63-41.
Sophomore Tyriq Royal (Kernersville, N.C.) knocked down a pair of buckets to keep PIU at arm's length.
Isler and Malbon finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Junior Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) led all players with eight assists.
LMC welcomes Limestone Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. for a Conference Carolinas game in Williams Gymnasium.
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