HARROGATE, Tenn. — Wednesday was a winning night for the both the LMU men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Railsplitters closed on an 8-0 run to pull out a 101-93 win over Brevard while the Lady Railsplitters erupted for a season-high in an 87-59 win.
LMU’s men (21-2, 17-2 SAC) won their fourth in row and has clinched at least a share of the South Atlantic Conference regular season championship with three games to play.
The Tornados tied the game 1t 93 on a Darius Moose free throw with 1:05 remaining, but it was all Railsplitters from there. Tim Pierce kicked off that push with a driving left-handed lay-up at the 48-second mark. On the ensuing Brevard possession Vincent Bailey intercepted a pass, shot down court and flushed in a crushing slam.The final 35 seconds saw Brevard miss three three-pointers, a rarity for a team that drilled 13-of-30 attempts from beyond the arc. Over that same stretch, Luquon Choice and Chance Jones banged in a pair of free throws apiece to ice LMU’s hard-fought victory.
Jones finished the evening with 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, one assist and one block. And the Knoxville, Tennessee native’s stat line wasn’t even the most impressive by a Railsplitter, as Bailey collected 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting with eight boards, four blocks and two steals. Pierce collected 14 points in 26 minutes, while Lorenza Ross dished out nine assists to go along with 13 points. Paul Woodson provided a nice lift off the bench, logging six points and six rebounds in 15 minutes.
Moose led all players with 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting, while Alex Moe and Dominique Pickett each pitched in 21 points for Brevard. Miles Leathers was productive in 36 minutes for the Tornados, scoring 11 points, dishing out five assists and corralling a team-high six boards.
While offense has come in gaping spurts for LMU’s women, defense has been the calling card for the Lady Railsplitters all season. That defense was on full display while the offense hit its stride as Lincoln Memorial notched an emphatic 87-59 victory over Brevard in Wednesday’s first game.
The Lady Railsplitters (13-10, 12-7 SAC) left its two-game losing streak in a torrent of dust, racking up the most prolific scoring night for the program since a 92-point effort versus Converse on Nov. 19, 2011. LMU’s 28-point victory over Brevard was its widest margin of victory this season.
Aisjah Roan dropped a game-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor, while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 productive minutes. Samantha Satterlee collected 15 points on 3-of-3 shooting from deep in only 23 minutes. Katrina Ottesen needed even less time as she posted 14 points with four three-pointers in 17 minutes off the bench. Haley Nelson filled out the stat sheet with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals
Katie Williams paced the Tornados with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Madison Lenox contributed 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Shelby Wolfe finished with 10 points and five boards.
LMU visits Wingate (N.C.) on Saturday with the women playing at 2 p.m. and the men taking the court at 4 p.m. A win for Railsplitters would clinch their third outright conference championship in four seasons.