HICKORY, N.C. -- There are moments in life and in sports when words prove inadequate. Instances when language falls hopelessly short of describing the emotions and the visceral thrill of an experience that needed to be seen to be believed. Over the course of two and a half drama-filled hours, Lincoln Memorial and Lenoir-Rhyne provided a spectacle that only sports can deliver, as the 15th-ranked Railsplitters went into a hostile environment and defeated the unbeaten Bears 123-122 in a four-overtime thriller at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday night. Click here for Box Score
Dorian Pinson (pictured), who is from Greenville, S.C., led the way for the 5-1 Railsplitters with a career-high 29 points and 20 rebounds, notching only the 10th 20-rebound game in the history of the men's basketball program and the first since his teammate Curtis McMillion of Fayetteville, N.C. grabbed 20 boards against Bob Jones on November 30, 2013.
Gerel Simmons of Accokeek, Md. had 28 points, which included both the game-winning basket with two seconds left in the fourth overtime and the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation. Luquon Choice of Laurens, S.C. had 21 points and eight rebounds, while Knoxville's Jalen Steele produced 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. McMillion accounted for 13 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out after 22 minutes of work. Curtis Webb of Spartanburg, S.C. added 10 points in 28 minutes off of the bench. Will Perry led Lenoir-Rhyne (6-1) with 41 points on 13-of-21 shooting and a 7-of-11 mark from three-point range.
In the first four-overtime game in the history of the Lincoln Memorial men's basketball program, the Railsplitters finished shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, 25.9 percent from the three and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. By comparison, Lenoir-Rhyne shot 43 percent from the field, 39 percent from three and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Railsplitters owned a 62-54 advantage on the glass and feasted in the paint, outscoring the Bears 70-34 inside of the square. But Lenoir-Rhyne knocked down 16 three-pointers and scored 22 second-chance points off of 15 offensive boards. Quick Hits The Railsplitters avoided their first loss to Lenoir-Rhyne since 2010 and extended their winning streak against the Bears to 11, improving to 14-8 in the all-time series in the process...Lincoln Memorial's 46 made field goals is tied for the fourth-most in the program's single-game history - that is the most field goals for the program since 2012, when they registered 51 against Mars Hill...The 245 combined points is the most on record in the history of the LMU men's basketball program...Will Perry's 41 points are the most by an LMU opponent since Mars Hill's Sammy Emile scored 50, albeit in regulation, in January of 2012...The Railsplitters' 62 rebounds are the fourth-most in the program's single-game history Up Next Lincoln Memorial returns to Tex Turner Arena to face the Coker Cobras in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday, December 5 at 4 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne also plays on Saturday, traveling to Brevard.
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In women's basketball, Lincoln Memorial had never beaten Lenoir-Rhyne in Britney Guy's career, but the senior point guard from Georgia made sure that was no longer the case on Wednesday night, Dec. 2 in Hickory, N.C. Guy scored 18 of her career-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Lady Railsplitters (4-2, 2-0 SAC) to a 69-66 win over the Bears (1-5, 0-2 SAC) in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lady Railsplitters return to Tex Turner Arena to face the Coker Cobras in SAC action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 5.
Photo by LMU Athletics/Raymond Welch