Trailing by a point with 4:29 left in the third stanza, Christian McRae led an 8-0 run with six points by himself as the Pirates seized a seven-point lead.
Lumberton would never trail again en route to its third Southeastern Conference victory. McRae and Austin McNeill finished with a game-high 17 points while Dorian Davis contributed eight points and five assists.
"In the first half, we played P.E. basketball," Lumberton coach Ted Gaskins said. "We played with a lot more character in the second (half)."
Scotland (4-11, 0-4) dropped its fourth consecutive game in league play despite 14-point efforts from Reggie Jones and Artemis Robinson. The Pirates battle Purnell Swett on the road Tuesday, their first matchup with their cross-county rival this season.
The Scots will take on Richmond, a 53-46 loser Friday to Pinecrest in Southern Pines.
Lady Pirates fall by double-digits
Fueled by Jonissa Monley's double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, Scotland's girls basketball team routed Lumberton Friday, 66-33.
Nursing a bum knee, Lumberton's Keana McNeill sat out the second straight game and it showed for the Pirates’ offense.
Lumberton (10-7, 2-2) failed to score more than 10 points in three quarters and fell behind 36-18 at intermission. Aliyah Ratley led the Pirates with 13 points. Lumberton returns to the floor Tuesday in Pembroke against Purnell Swett.
Fairmont’s boys rally to road win
LAKE WACCAMAW — Fairmont’s boys basketball team improved to 4-0 in the Three Rivers Conference Friday night with a 73-63 victory at East Columbus.
No individual statistics were available at press time.
Controversial ending in Red Springs-South Robeson game
ROWLAND — South Robeson won its first Three Rivers Conference game of the season in dramatic fashion Friday, downing Red Springs in the final seconds, 44-42.
Holding possession with two seconds left, the Mustangs’ inbounds pass went through the hoop and into an offensive player’s hands. Instead of the play being blown dead and Red Springs getting the ball back, South Robeson notched a layup underneath to pull ahead, 44-42.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Red Springs coach Glenn Patterson said. “Even coach (Bryan) Grice agreed with me. I had some choice words for the referees but it didn’t matter. They gave us the ball back with 1.7 seconds left and that was the ball game.”
Lady Devils beat Mustangs behind Murchison's 23
ROWLAND — Jasmine Murchison ignited Red Springs’ girls basketball team to a 55-46 win at South Robeson Friday night with 23 points and nine rebounds.