Steele, Simmons & Choice Combine For 74 Points As No. 5 LMU Blasts Wingate 107-74 Saturday; Lady
WINGATE, N.C. -- Jalen Steele (Knoxville, Tenn.), Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) and Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) matched Wingate's point total to lead the fifth-ranked Railsplitters (20-2, 16-0 SAC) to a 107-74 win over the Bulldogs in South Atlantic Conference men's hoops action on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Cuddy Arena.
Lincoln Memorial's three-headed monster combined for 74 points to fuel the Railsplitters' ninth 100-point performance of the season. Steele led that trio with 32 points, as the Knoxville, Tenn. native finished 11-for-19 from the field and one three-pointer shy of tying his and Choice's single-game record for threes with a 9-for-12 mark from deep. Simmons fell just short of a triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Choice went 5-for-8 from three-point range to score 18 points, which he coupled with seven rebounds and three assists.
The win gives the Railsplitters their seventh consecutive 20-win season - a feat that had happened only one other time in the program's more than 100-year history - and extends the best SAC start in league history to 16-0.
The Railsplitters travel to Greeneville, Tenn. on Wednesday, February 10 to face the Tusculum Pioneers. Lincoln Memorial defeated Tusculum 82-77 in the first meeting this season back on January 21 at Tex Turner Arena. The Pioneers lost by nine points at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.
Lady Railsplitters Drop 83-74 At Wingate
A cold-shooting second overtime by the Lady Railsplitters (13-8, 10-6 SAC) spoiled the day as Wingate (11-8, 8-7 SAC) escaped with the 83-74 win in double overtime Saturday afternoon in Cuddy Arena. Josey Harding (Middletown, Ohio) led the way for the Lady Railsplitters with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Kiara Rawls (Killeen, Texas) had 19 points and Britney Guy (Locust Grove, Ga.) added in 11 points and two steals. Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) had her 13th double-digit rebounding performance of the season as she pulled down ten rebounds.
LMU continues their two-game road swing as they travel to Tusculum for a Wednesday night contest. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Arena. The Lady Railsplitters won 72-57 over the Pioneers in their first meeting this season on Jan. 21.
Tusculum ccomes into the contest riding a two-game losing streak, losing at Anderson last Wednesday and earlier today at Lenoir-Rhyne.
Live stats, video and links to the broadcast by the LMU Sports Network are available on LMURailsplitters.com.