Kansas City, Mo. - (Box Score) No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) advanced to the second round of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship and claimed a 67-49 victory over Voorhees (S.C.). The Flames will advance to the second round and play the winner of No. 14 Montana Western/Philander Smith (Ark.) on Friday, March 15 at 10:45 a.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.
Chase Dunn scored 19 points to lead all scorers for Lee, hitting 9-of-12 free throws and knocking down a pair of shots from three-point range. Duran Blue and Will Barnes each scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds while Jamorris Gaines came off the bench to record 10 points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
"It feels great right now, I know that," said Lee head coach Tommy Brown about advancing to the second round. "But, we know we have to take it one step at a time. I'm proud of how our guys prepared for this game. I've been to the tournament enough to know that you have to take each game one at a time."
The Flames (30-3) led throughout the game, scoring the first field goal on a three-pointer by Blue 1:12 into the contest, and led by as much as 11 points in the first half before settling for a 29-22 advantage at the half.
Chad Lee hit a three-pointer on the opening possession of the second half to restore the double-digit advantage for the Flames. Brandon Allen converted a pair of free throws for the Tigers, but Barnes scored back-to-back buckets and Lee led by at least 11 points the rest of the way.
"We didn't play up to our standards," said Voorhees head coach Michael Cheney. "When you play against a team like Lee, which is 29-3, they're not going to beat themselves. They're going to do things the right way and I think today we were just a little nervous."
Voorhees was limited to a 16-for-64 (.250) field goal percentage for the game that included a 20.0 percent three-point clip (3-for-15). Lee recorded 10 blocked shots in the game, led by Patrick Shaughnessy with five, while Blue dished out a game-best seven assists.
Allen recorded 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Voorhees while Willie Waters III collected 10 rebounds to help the Tigers to a 44-41 rebounding advantage.
Voorhees ends its season at 22-12.
Lee - The Flames are now 9-9 all-time in the Division I Men's Basketball National Championships ... Lee advanced to the second round for the third time in the last four seasons after falling in the 2012 first round, 70-62, to Georgetown (Ky.) ... The Flames allowed less than 50 points for the third time this season.
Voorhees - The Tigers made their first appearance at the Division I Men's Basketball National Championships since 2006 and are 1-6 all-time in the event ... Voorhees finished the season with at least 20 wins for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign ... The Tigers brought a nine-game winning streak into the tournament prior to today's loss ... Voorhees was held to less than 50 points for the third time this season with each game ending in a loss.