KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team moved to 15th in the seventh NABC/Division II Coaches Poll of the 2013-14 season and the first of the 2014 calendar year, which was unveiled by officials with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday.
The Railsplitters (9-1, 5-1 SAC) jumped a spot in the national poll after winning their fifth straight contest this past Saturday at Tex Turner Arena, steamrolling the Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears, 84-60. LMU shot 56 percent as a unit and amassed a 43-23 advantage on the glass.
Senior Vincent Bailey and redshirt-freshman Luquon Choice carried the load offensively, as the last two SAC Player of the Week winners tallied 20 points apiece on a combined 14-for-21 effort from the field. Lorenza Ross, Chance Jones and Curtis McMillion each added 10 points apiece, while Keenan Peterson matched a career-high with 14 rebounds.
For the 49th consecutive week, the Railsplitters are ranked among the top-25 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll, a South Atlantic Conference record and the fourth-longest active streak in the nation. With one more week of representation in the poll, Lincoln Memorial will become only the 12th team to accumulate at least 50-consecutive weeks ranked since the 1960-61 season.
Lincoln Memorial faces a tough task in the week ahead, as a pair of daunting South Atlantic Conference bouts loom large on the horizon. The Railsplitters make the trek to Anderson, S.C., on Wednesday where they will look to avenge an overtime loss to the Anderson University Trojans. Following that encounter, the Railsplitters return to the friendly confines of Tex Turner Arena on Jan. 11 for a battle with Wingate, the defending SAC Tournament Champions. Both of those contests are scheduled for 8 p.m. tip-offs.