CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jordan Turner scored a career-high 21 points and knocked down four of seven shots from three-point range, but it wasn't enough as the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team dropped a 84-69 decision to Queens University Friday evening in Charlotte. The loss moves LMC's record to 0-4 on the season.
LMC and Queens battled back-and-forth in the opening half as the score was tied at three different points and there were six lead changes. Turner lit the fire for the Bobcats in the first scoring a team-high 11 points. Nine of Turner's 11 points came via the three-pointer. Turner was not alone in his sharp-shooting from the outside as LMC connected on seven shots beyond the arc to open the game. Despite the stellar shooting performance by the Bobcats, they still trailed Queens 41-39 heading into the locker room.
The second half started much like the first half with both teams exchanging leads. Donta Falls put the Bobcats on top 51-50 with a pair of made free throws with 13:14 remaining in regulation. Following the free throws by Falls, the Bobcats went cold offensively which allowed Queens to go on 21-0 run over the next seven minutes to open a 20-point lead (71-51) on LMC.
That deficit proved too much for Lees-McRae to overcome as it ultimately fell by a final score of 84-69.
Lees-McRae will look to pick up its first victory of the season Saturday when it travels to Aiken, S.C. to take on USC Aiken. The Bobcats and Pacers are scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m.