HARROGATE, Tenn. -- On a night when his starting unit didn't play up to snuff, Coach Josh Schertz dove into his bench early and often in the search for energy and production. And the second unit delivered, outscoring Bluefield's (8-6) bench 40-14 to lead the 16th-ranked Railsplitters (7-1) to a 101-77 win over the Rams in nonconference men's hoops action on Wednesday night, Dec. 9 at Tex Turner Arena. With the win, Lincoln Memorial won its seventh straight game and improved to 7-1 overall. Click here for Box Score
"The bench effort was really good," Schertz said. "We had to go to that early in the second half and those guys played with energy." Paul Woodson (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Railsplitters' bench platoon with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, falling one point short of his career high while also grabbing eight rebounds. Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) paced the Railsplitters with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Jalen Steele (Knoxville, Tenn.) canned three triples en route to scoring 15 points. Curtis McMillion (Fayetteville, N.C.) had 11 points and Dorian Pinson (Greenville, S.C.) finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. The Railsplitters shot 48.6 percent (34-for-70) from the field, 47.8 percent (11-for-23) from three-point range and 75.9 percent (22-for-29) from the charity stripe and turned the ball over just seven times. After a four-day layoff, the Railsplitters will start a grueling stretch with three South Atlantic Conference tests in five days. That begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 14, when Lincoln Memorial tips off against Brevard in Boshamer Gymnasium.