Lee 92, Mountain State 89
Lee’s Steven McClellan hit a 28-foot fadeaway three-pointer with five seconds left to give the Flames a 92-89 win over NAIA No. 1 Mountain State Monday night at Lee.
“He stepped up and hit a big shot,” MSU coach Bob Bolen said. “It was a broken play. We had defensed what they were trying to do.”
MSU’s Barry Wellington got off a three at the buzzer but it bounded away as the Cougars saw their undefeated season go by the wayside.
Nick Aldridge led the Cougars with 32 points, including three 3-pointers. He came into the game with six for the season. Aldridge, a preseason NAIA All-American, was 11-of-20 from the field. He also had six assists.
Wellington finished with 15, Marcus Hunter 14 and Deandre Duncan came off the bench for 11 points.
Jerrell Blocker had 24 to lead Lee.
“They played well and deserved to win,” Bolen said. “I thought our guys played hard. Nick is out there playing injured and he had a tremendous game. They made the play at the end of the game and we didn’t.”
After gaining as much as a 10-point lead in the first half, MSU allowed Lee back in the game. The Flames led 45-44 at the break.
But MSU surged again, going ahead by double figures midway through the game but time after time Lee fought back.
MSU (25-1) had a chance to go break the tie but missed a pair of free throws with just over 30 seconds, setting the stage for McClellan, who had 21 points in the game.
The Cougars remain on the road, taking on Emmauel Wednesday before returning home for their final home game Saturday against Life.
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