HARROGATE, Tenn. — The seventh-ranked Railsplitters withstood a 24-5 second-half run and Vincent Bailey notched his fourth straight double-double to ward off the Newberry College Wolves, 92-77 on Saturday.
Lincoln Memorial (18-2, 14-2 SAC) rebounded from Wednesday’s loss while Newberry (14-6, 10-6 SAC) lost for only the third time in its last nine games.
Bailey led the Railsplitters in nearly all phases, pouring in a game-high 30 points while collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. Bailey was nearly perfect from the field, finishing 14-for-16 and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe. Five additional Railsplitters finished with double figures in the contest, as Chance Jones tallied 14 points, Tim Pierce went for 13 points and six rebounds, while Curtis McMillion and Luquon Choice notched 10 and 11 points, respectively. Lorenza Ross also had a double-double with 10 points and a season-high 10 assists.
The Railsplitters punched the Wolves in the mouth at the start, rolling out to a 31-10 advantage following a McMillion jumper at the 7:14 mark of the first half. They led it 46-29 lead into the break.
The Railsplitters extended their lead to 57-37 on a Bailey jumper with 16:05 remaining in regulation, but that score preceded what would be a 24-5 run for the Newberry Wolves over a five-minute stretch to close the gap to 62-61. Newberry drained five of its 11 three-pointers during that flurry.
Dondray Walker’s three with 7:12 to play made it 71-70, but Bailey scored four points during a 9-0 LMU spurt to take control of the game and they went on to win by 15.
Xavier Holmes and Gerald Evans pitched in 19 points apiece to lead Newberry, while Demarkus Smith added 13 points.
In Saturday’s women’s game the Lady Railsplitters put on a defensive clinic and used a 19-point first-half edge to beat the Wolves, 77-63.
LMU (12-8, 11-5 SAC) won for the eighth time in its last 11 tries to solidify its second-place hold in the South Atlantic Conference standings. In the process, the Lady Railsplitters snapped Newberry’s (13-7, 9-7 SAC) season-long four-game winning streak.
LMU’s starting five combined for 48 of the team’s 77 points, but it was the effort of Katrina Ottesen off the bench that carried the Lady Railsplitters. Ottesen led the Lady ‘Splitters with 16 points behind a 3-for-7 mark from long range.
Aisjah Roan contributed 15 points while Kalasia Green fell just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. MaRanda Boddie led LMU to a 45-39 advantage on the glass with 12 boards to go along with eight points, two blocks and two steals. Samantha Satterlee got into the act with nine points and seven rebounds in 25 foul-plagued minutes.
Newberry was held to just two field goals over the 7:14 of the game as the Lady Railsplitters romped out to a 22-5 lead. It was 40-21 at the half.
The Wolves cut to nine early in the second half, but Roan scored four points and Ottesen knocked down a jumper during a 6-0 run that put LMU back in charge. They never led by less than 13 points the rest of the way and went on to win by 14.
Haylee Lepaio led the Wolves with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Zara Pearson tallied 21 points, four rebounds and four steals. Tasia Holdorf added 11 points and seven boards, and Ellie Gleeson rounded out the Newberry scoring with eight points to go along with a game-high seven assists.
Lincoln Memorial host Tusculum on Wednesday with the women tippping off at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.