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LMU's Lorenza Ross Named All-American


HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Lincoln Memorial University guard Lorenza Ross added more hardware for his brilliant senior season as he was recognized as a Division II Bulletin All-American. Ross was tabbed as a fourth team All-American by the small college hoops publication, joining Montevallo's Troran Brown and Mount Olive's Dontrell Brite as the lone players from the Southeast Region represented on one of the four teams. Ross (pictured below with coach Josh Schertz) was the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year as well as an NABC and Daktronics All-Southeast Region first team selection after leading the Railsplitters to a 30-3 overall record, breaking the SAC's single-season watermark for wins and winning percentage. With Ross at the point, Lincoln Memorial captured a third straight SAC regular season title, advanced to the title game of the SAC Championship for the third straight season and broke into the NCAA tournament's round of 32 for the fourth time in as many years. The Railsplitters hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at Tex Turner Arena for the first time in program history. The Savannah, Ga. native's final stat ledger showed 12.2 points, 5.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game, finishing with a 49.4 shooting percentage and a 46.9 percent mark from three-point territory. Ross led the South Atlantic Conference and ranked 19th nationally with 176 total assists, which are the eighth-most assists in the program's single-season history. Ross hit double figures in 26 of his 33 appearances, including a season-high 20 points in a 95-62 destruction of North Greenville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. He handed out double digit helpers three times, highlighted by LMU's single-season record 14 assists against Anderson on January 7. Measured by both his individual achievements and the team's cumulative success, Ross is unquestionably one of, if not the most accomplished point guard in program history. During his tenure, the Railsplitters won three SAC regular season title, one SAC tournament championship, made four NCAA tournament appearances and compiled a ridiculous 109-18 record, the winningest four-year stretch in program and league history. Individually, Ross finished 20th in school history with 1,143 career points, fourth in assists with 441, 12th in field goals with 446 and second in games played with 122. He was a four-time All-SAC selection. Ross is the third Division II Bulletin All-American of Josh Schertz's tenure with the Railsplitters, joining Vincent Bailey and Desmond Johnson as the only other players with that specific honor. Division II Bulletin All-Americans First Team Seger Bonifant - West Liberty Garret Kerr - Univ. of Sciences Kevin Capers - Florida Southern Jake Thelan - Bellarmine Darryl Williams - Texas A&M Commerce Second Team Josh Allen - Western Washington Mitch McCarron - Metro State Troran Brown - Montevallo Devante Chance - Indiana (Pa.) Dan Jansen - Augustana Third Team Terrence Drisdom - Cal Poly Pomona Ben Stelzer - Michigan Tech Jordan Riewer - Minnesota State-Moorhead Deonta Stocks - West Georgia Chris Santo - Saint Anselm Fourth Team Darian Hooker - New York Tech Troy Leaf - Azusa Pacific Dontrell Brite - Mount Olive Lorenza Ross - Lincoln Memorial Derek White - Colorado Springs

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