Lee Men Edge Truett-McConnell 88-84

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Thanks to several late free-throws the Lee men's basketball team sneaked past Truett-McConnell College, 88-84 Tuesday evening.

The Flames finished 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes to finish off a pesky Bears squad looking to pull the upset in front of their home crowd.

The victory moves the sixth-ranked Flames to 18-1 overall and 9-1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). With the loss TMC falls to 4-16 on the year and 2-9 in conference play.


"There's nothing easy about this trip. Absolutely nothing." admitted coach Tommy Brown.

Junior Chase Dunn paced the balance scoring attack for Lee, hitting 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to finish with 23 points. Senior Will Barnes added 16 markers and dished off six assists. Junior Jamorris Gaines battled through injury to register 14 points, doing most of his damage in the second half.

Senior Duran Blue added 11 points, five boards and four assists while sophomore Cory Billingsley tallied 10 markers to go along with seven rebounds. Senior Steve Bennett made it six Flames in double-figures, finishing right at his season average with 10 points.

Brown, who prides himself on defense, was disappointed his club gave up 53 second half points after limiting the Bears to 31 points in the opening half.

"You know we won, but I don't feel very good about it. The first five minutes we hit everything and the guys could've thought it was going to be easy the whole night." noted Brown. "I think we let up a little and they have some guys who can score."

Both teams shot the ball well as Lee shot 54 percent from the field (32-of-59) while canning 18-of-19 from the free-throw line. The Bears shot 52 percent (28-of-54) from the field and 58 percent from behind the arc (11-of-19). The Flames won the battle on the glass, outrebounding TMC 27-20.

Brown's club finished with 13 assists compared to just 11 turnovers. TMC had 16 assists and turned the ball over 11 times.

Truett-McConnell was led by Anthony Dorsey and Andretti Lloyd. Dorsey, who leads the NAIA in scoring (28 ppg), finished with 29 points. Lloyd tallied 26 points, doing most of his damage from long distance in converting five 3-pointers for the Georgia-based club.

The Flames will face another difficult challenge on the road as they head for Marietta, Ga. to tangle with SSAC rival Southern Polytechnic State University Saturday afternoon. Tip time is set for 4 p.m.

Bushnell Poll Has Dalton State Men's Golf At No. 10 In NAIA

The Dalton State men’s golf team is ranked No. 10 in the Bushnell NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll released Friday by Golfweek. Defending national champions Coastal Georgia received six of the seven votes for No.1 but is two points in back of William Woods of Mo.  Dalton State is voted No. 10 in the Bushnell. ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women Picked 5th In NAIA Golf

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Defending national champion Keiser (Fla.) is the No. 1 team in the 2015 NAIA Women’s Golf Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Seahawks claimed 14 first-place votes and 405 points overall. This is the second time that Keiser, formerly Northwood, starts the season atop the poll, dating back to 1999. The Seahawks ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Takes New Cost-Cutting Measures

Hutcheson Medical Center has announced new cost-cutting measures as it tries to stop ongoing losses. A trustee has asked that the Fort Oglethorpe hospital's bankruptcy process be dissolved, saying it has accumulated over $5 million in debt during the 10 months it has been in bankruptcy. The board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center voted Wednesday evening to suspend ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Rejects Bids For Road Work For Bass Pro Shop Development

The Bass Pro Shop development at East Ridge has hit another snag as the bids for widening Camp Jordan Parkway came in higher than expected.   Officials said the two bids were $2,597,003 by Talley Construction and $2,670,375 by Brown Brothers. Improvements to Exit 1 of I-75 are due to be bid later.   Vice Mayor Marc Gravitt said the council had ... (click for more)

Vote To Save Graduate Medical Education Funding

As a resident physician at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, I know first-hand the impact Medicare financing for Graduate Medical Education has on physician education and access to care for patients in our community and communities all over the country.  GME funding provides medical school graduates the opportunity to complete the required years of clinical residency training ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quaker Oats & Stuff

Some genius in the Quaker Oats marketing department came up with a novel idea last summer with the theme: “What if you had the chance to do something you have always wanted to do … but you had to start today?” Somehow Michael Hope and his family – that includes three children – got to be interviewed and, when his 10-year-old daughter Lauren was asked, she said she always wanted ... (click for more)