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Explosive LMU Defeats Mars Hill 120-84 In North Carolina Wednesday Night


MARS HILL, N.C. -- The 19th-ranked Railsplitters (11-2, 7-0 SAC) turned in the second-most efficient shooting performance in program history and improved to 7-0 in South Atlantic Conference play with a 120-84 dismantling of the Mars Hill Lions (5-8, 1-6 SAC) on Wednesday night, Jan. 6, at Stanford Arena. Lincoln Memorial was far from its best defensively, allowing Mars Hill to make 44.6 percent of its shot, including a 14-for-26 mark (53.8 percent) from three-point territory. But the Railsplitters overcame that by connecting on 42 of 62 shots from the field, including 17 of 26 from beyond the three-point arc to finish shooting 67.7 percent. That marks the program's second-highest ever field-goal percentage in a game, lagging only slightly behind LMU's 69 percent mark in a win over Hiwassee in November, 2009. Five players hit double figures for the Railsplitters, who were led by Gerel Simmons' (Accokeek, Md.) 31 points on 11-of-13 shooting. Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) compiled 20 points on a 6-of-9 mark from deep coupled with six rebounds and six assists. Dorian Pinson (Greenville, S.C.) racked up 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists while going 5-for-5 from the field, while Curtis McMillion (Fayetteville, N.C.) added 12 points in 17 minutes. Curtis Webb (Spartanburg, S.C.) came off the bench to score 11 points on 4-of-5 field goals.

A Top 20 match-up is next on the docket for the Railsplitters, who welcome the No. 8 Queens Royals to Tex Turner Arena on Saturday, Jan. 9 for a 4 p.m. tip. The Royals improved to 12-0 overall on Wednesday with a 94-79 win over Catawba.


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