Duran Blue tied a single-game record for highest 3-point percentage, going a perfect 7-of- 7 from behind-the- arc, to lead the Lee men's basketball team over Spring Hill College, 90-52 Saturday evening at Walker Arena.
Lee shot the ball well from the start of the contest and opened up a 19 point lead on the Badgers at the intermission. The Flames never looked back in route to their ninth-straight win to begin the 2012-13 campaign.
Blue would finish with a game-high 25 points for the Lee. The senior guard would also dish out five assists. Senior Will Barnes added 20 points to match his scoring average on the year and had a game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore Corey Billingsley was also hot from downtown, hitting 4-of-5 treys and finishing with 16 markers.
Chase Dunn dished out six assists and added five points. Patrick Shaughnessy was active in the post with seven points, four boards and two blocks. Kymon Woods added seven rebounds, five points and three assists off the bench to round out a dominating performance for the Flames.
The Flames shot a sizzling 61.3 percent from the 3-point line going 19-of-31 and shot 51.9 percent from the field overall. "Spring Hill was collapsing so much to cut off the drive it left the 3-point shots open and we have a lot of guys who can knock down the three" Coach Tommy Brown said.
Lee dominated the battle of the boards, outreboudning the Badgers 40-25. The Flames defense limited SHC to just 35.8 percent shooting from the field (19-of-52). Lee on the other hand went 28-of-54 (51.9 percent) from the field and shot a sizzling 61.3 percent from the 3-point line, going 19-of-31.
"After having to play last night and come right back around and play today I was suprised we came out and shot the ball as well as we did." admitted Brown. "Whether you're getting open looks or not, being able to knock down over 60 percent of your 3-point shots is pretty remarkable."
Spring Hill was paced by Alex Looney with 15 points and Todd Martin with 11. Robert Gipson and Frederick Gatson each pulled down seven boards for the Alabama club.
The victory moves the Flames to 9-0 on the year and 4-0 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The loss drops SHC to 1-9 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
FLAMES 74, LOYOLA 65
The long layoff had little affect on the Lee basketball team as they topped Loyola (La.) 74-65 Friday evening at Walker Arena. It was the first game in 13 days for the Flames.
The victory keeps the Flames unbeaten on the year moving them to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). With the loss the Wolf Pack fall to 5-3 and 2-1 in conference play.
"It's tough to simulate game situations in practice" admitted Coach Tommy Brown. "They're (Loyola) a good team and they play tough and physical, it wasn't a pretty game because they don't allow you to play pretty. They almost beat Tulane last week so we knew it was going be a tough battle"
The Flames were up for the tough, physical challenge. Lee outrebounded Loyola 46-35, and limited them to just 32.4 percent from the field. The Flames used a second-half surge, shooting 60 percent from the field (15-of-25) outscoring the Louisiana club 45-33 in the second half after trailing by three at the break.
Leading the offensive attack for Coach Brown's club was senior Will Barnes who had a game high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Barnes was also active on the boards pulling down seven rebounds. Junior guard Chase Dunn added 12 markers for the Flames and Corey Billingsley provided a spark off the bench with 12 points and five boards.
"Will (Barnes) had a great game and really got us going in the second-half" noted Brown.
Steve Bennett had eight points and eight rebounds battling down in the post. Chad Lee was his usual active self pulling down seven boards for the home team.
At the free-throw line Lee converted 16-of-24 good for 66.7 percent. Loyola made the most of their 19 opportunities from the charity strip, cashing in on 16 (72.7 percent).
Setting the pace for the Wolf Pack was the combination of McCall Tomeny and Robert Lovaglio. Both registered 18 points and six rebounds. Kyle Simmons was 3-of-9 from behind the arc accounting for 12 points while Manuel Gandara pulled down nine boards for Loyola.
Lee will be back action on Tuesday as they welcome Knoxville College to Walker Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.