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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team (15-1, 11-1 SAC) jumped two spots in this week’s NABC/Division II national rankings, moving to No.8 in the 10th coaches’ poll of the 2013-14 campaign.

The Railsplitters extended their South Atlantic Conference record streak to 52-consecutive weeks in the poll, which now stands as the third-longest active streak in the country after losses in four of the last five games knocked Bellarmine out of the top 25 for the first time since March 2010. After moving to No.10 last week, the Railsplitters have spent 20 weeks total inside the top 10 since entering the poll in December 2010. By leaping to No.8 in this week’s poll, the Railsplitters ascend to their highest national ranking since February 2012.

Lincoln Memorial captured a pair of league victories this past week to push its winning streak to 11 games, the longest streak for the program since the start of the 2012-13 season.

The Railsplitters opened the week with an 88-60 win over Mars Hill on Wednesday night. The two teams were tied 27-27 at the half, but LMU poured in 61 points on 61.1 percent shooting in the second half to outscore the Lions by 28 in the final 20 minutes. Five different Railsplitters reached double-figures in the game, headlined by senior Chance Jones with a career-high 30 points.

On Saturday, the Railsplitters used another explosive second half to clip the Catawba Indians 111-90 in Salisbury, N.C. Lincoln Memorial led by two at the break before accumulating a 63-44 edge in the second period. LMU’s 63 second-half points matched the highest scoring half of the season, while its 111 total points were the most for the program since January 2012. Three players posted 20 or more points for the Railsplitters, led by Jones and Curtis McMillion with 24. Jones was named Railsplitter and South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts last week.

The Railsplitters — currently holding a three-game lead in the SAC standings — are set for two league games in a three-day stretch this week. Inclement weather in the region postponed Wednesday’s game against Brevard to Thursday, and the Railsplitters close the week back at Tex Turner Arena against Coker on Saturday. Both those contests are scheduled to tip at 8 p.m.

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NABC Division II Coaches Poll

(Jan. 28, 2014 - Poll #10)

1. West Liberty, W.Va. (14 first place votes)

2. Florida Southern (1 first place vote)

3. Metropolitan State, Colo.

4. Tarleton State, Texas

5. Drury, Mo.

6. East Stroudsburg, Pa.

7. Cal State-San Bernardino (1 first place vote)

8. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.

9. South Carolina Aiken

10. Indianapolis, Ind.

11. Indiana, Pa.

12. Montevallo, Ala.

13. Colorado School of Mines

14. California Baptist

15. Delta State, Miss.

16. Southern Indiana

17. Lewis, Ill.

18. Wisconsin-Parkside

19. Southern Connecticut State

T20. Dixie State, Utah

T20. Seattle Pacific, Wash.

22. Minnesota State

23. Cal Poly Pomona

24. Fort Hays State, Kan.

25. Winona State, Minn.

Others receiving votes: Bellarmine (Ky.) 47, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 18, Missouri Southern 18, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 13, Georgia Southwestern 13, Northwest Missouri State 13, Barry (Fla.) 12, GRU Augusta 12, Western Washington 6, Chico State (Calif.) 4, Angelo State (Texas) 1, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1.

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