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Scott Harris Lynchburg College Sports Information 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501 434-544-8495 harris.se@lynchburg.edu For immediate release - 12/10/2009 - #165 KC Mendez’s Career Day Leads Lynchburg Men’s Hoops to a 74-64 Win Over Maryland Bible BOX SCORE NEWPORT NEWS, VA - KC Mendez (San Antonio, TX/Winston Churchill) set career-highs in points and rebounds to lead the Lynchburg College men’s basketball team to a 74-65 win over Maryland Bible in the CNU Classic from the campus of Christopher Newport University Saturday night. Lynchburg (3-6) looked to run away with the game in the first half as they built a 27-13 lead with 6:11 left before halftime. However, Maryland Bible closed out the half outscoring the Hornets 13-0 to go into the half down just one point, 27-26. The second-half opened up as a see saw affair with the score being tied several times along with multiple lead changes. MBC would eventually took a two point lead, 40-38, at the 15:56 mark after Michael Simon converted an and-one play. Michael Wims (Standardsville, VA/William Monroe) would then check into the game for the first time and the momentum would change from there as Lynchburg fed off the infectious energy Wims provided off the bench. LC went on a 15-4 run over the next four minutes that was highlighted by nine points from Steven Echols (Martinsville, VA/Carlisle) to help the Hornets take a 53-44 lead with 11:34 remaining in the contest. Maryland Bible responded with a mini 10-6 spurt to cut the lead to just three, 57-54, with 7:38 left, but LC responded with nine straight points to take a 12 point lead, 66-54, at the 5:22 mark. Maryland Bible fought to the end, but Lynchburg was able to make all six freethrows in the final minute to seal the win. Mendez was 10-18 from the field for 26 points and corralled 11 rebounds (4 offensive, 7 defensive) to set new career highs along with five assists and two steals in 38 minutes of action. Wims played just 16 minutes, but he maximized his playing time by posting eight points and 11 rebounds (3 offensive, 8 defensive), just one board short of his career-high. Echols contributed with 13 points, six assists, and three steals while Nate Campbell (Cary, NC/Cary) tacked on nine points and six caroms. Three players contributed all but 10 of Maryland Bible’s points as Terry Hosley led the team with 19 points along with five rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. Ty Burns posted 18 points and three steals but also turned over the ball seven times, and Michael Simon had 17 points, five boards, three thefts, and three rejections. The Hornets led in nearly every single statistical category, but the major difference in the game came in the form of rebounds. LC dominated the glass all night, outrebounding MBC 51-33. LC tallied 20 offensive rebounds and 31 defensive boards, while MBC could only register eight on the offensive end and 25 on the defensive end. This led to LC having decisive advantages in points in the paint (52-22) and second chance points (19-4). Lynchburg returns to CNU tomorrow as they play the host Captains at 4 p.m. The winner of tomorrow’s contest will be the champion of the CNU Classic as Christopher Newport rallied to defeat Salisbury 71-65 in the first contest of the day. ###


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