Railsplitters up to No.20 in DII poll

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team (6-1, 3-1 SAC) moved to No.20 in the most recent NABC/Division II rankings, which were released by officials with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday.

The Railsplitters played only one time this past week, traveling to Hartsville, S.C., on Saturday where they captured a 78-67 South Atlantic Conference victory over the Coker College Cobras. Lincoln Memorial trailed 16-15 following a lay-up by Coker’s Trey Marshall at the 10:08 mark of the first half before rolling off a 25-4 run over an eight-minute stretch to catapult in front, 40-20. The Railsplitters never led by less than 11 for the remainder of the contest, finishing shooting a blistering 63.3 percent mark (31-for-49) from the field.

By appearing in the fourth ranking of the 2013-14 campaign, the Railsplitters extended their South Atlantic Conference record mark to 46 consecutive weeks ranked in the national top 25 poll. The Railsplitters claim the fourth-longest active streak in all of Division II, as only West Liberty (54), Bellarmine (49) and Southern Indiana (47) currently hold a longer streak.

The Railsplitters rank among the top three in the South Atlantic Conference in points per game (86.3), field goals made per game (30.1), field goal percentage (50.4), free throw percentage (78.0), rebound margin per game (16.6), blocks per game (5.7) and opponents’ field goal percentage (39.2). Currently, Lincoln Memorial is tied for third in the SAC regular season standings at 3-1 in league play.

Offensively, the ‘Splitters have been led by the four-headed attack of Vincent Bailey, Chance Jones, Curtis McMillion and Lorenza Ross. Bailey is churning out 21.3 points with 8.6 rebounds per game, ranking third and fourth in the SAC in those categories. Jones is pouring in 10.7 points a night, while McMillion is averaging 10.6 points and 8.9 rebounds (third in the SAC) per game. Ross rounds out that group with 9.9 points and 3.4 assists per appearance.

The Railsplitters are scheduled to return to action on Sunday with a trip to Newberry (S.C.)on tap. Lincoln Memorial is set to duke it out with the Wolves in conference play at 2 p.m. inside of Eleazer Arena.


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