GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Four of Lincoln Memorial University’s five starters scored double-figures, as the 11th-ranked Railsplitters led wire-to-wire in a 97-68 win at Tusculum on Wednesday.
It was LMU’s eighth straight victory — matching their longest streak from last season — and the team is now 12-1 overall and 8-1 in SAC play. Tusculum drops to 1-14 and 0-9.
The Railsplitters’ 97 points was the fourth-highest point total of the season, and LMU accumulated that mark on 52.2 percent shooting (35-for-67). The ‘Splitters shot a respectable 42.1 percent from long range (8-for-19), however, a 19-for-32 effort at the free-throw line limited what might have been the most productive offensive performance of the season.
Senior forward Vincent Bailey led the way with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Bailey rounded out his stat ledger with six rebounds in 29 minutes. Fellow senior Chance Jones poured in 18 points highlighted by a 3-for-4 mark from beyond the three-point arc. Lorenza Ross and Luquon Choice pitched in with 12 points apiece, while Curtis Webb and Paul Woodson contributed eight and nine points, respectively, off the bench. Webb also tallied eight rebounds — tying Keenan Peterson’s game-high mark — with five assists and three steals in 20 minutes.
The Pioneers were led in scoring by Darius Carter’s 17 points and seven rebounds. Neal Spinks added 13 points in 23 minutes off of the Tusculum bench while Addison Flynn finished with eight points.
Jones scored four of LMU’s first eight points, as the Railsplitters opened up the game on an 8-0 run which was finally brought to an end with a Chase Mounce jumper at the 15:08 mark. After less than 10 minutes ticked off the game clock, the Railsplitters had established a 35-15 lead, as Woodson finished off a dish from Webb with a lay-up to give LMU that cushion.
After outscoring the Pioneers by 15 in the opening half, the Railsplitters continued to hold down the throttle in the second half, amassing a 51-37 advantage in the final 20 minutes. LMU knocked down 18 of its 34 shots in the second half.
Lincoln Memorial dominated the paint, outscoring the Pioneers 52-32 inside the square, while amassing a 46-28 advantage on the glass. The Railsplitters capitalized on 16 Tusculum turnovers to account for 26 points off those miscues. LMU accumulated only 14 turnovers in the game while matching a season-high with 20 assists. LMU’s 16 offensive rebounds — the team’s second most this season — led to 18 second-chance points.
The Railsplitters head to Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday for a 4 p.m. conference game against the Queens University Royals.