HARROGATE, Tenn. -- The fourth-ranked Railsplitters (22-2, 18-0 SAC) survived a second-half shooting barrage to remain unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a 107-97 victory over the Newberry Wolves (15-9, 10-8 SAC) on Saturday evening, Feb. 13, at Tex Turner Arena.
Lincoln Memorial led by 21 points at the end of the first half, but the Wolves of South Carolina made things interesting in the second half by connecting on 22 of their 35 shot attempts (62.9 percent) and going 11-for-15 from three-point range. The Railsplitters were able to hold on, though, thanks to another exceptional shooting night, as they finished with 49.4 percent mark from the floor and went 18-for-40 from three-point territory, accounting for the second-most made three-pointers in program history.
"I thought our guys showed a lot of heart and a tremendous amount of fight," LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. "It was a really tough game. Newberry played outstanding in the second half and made shot after shot. We couldn't get stops, but our guys did an incredible job of continuing to make plays."
Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) and Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) combined for 64 points to lead the Railsplitters' long-range shooting clinic. Choice hit 10 three-pointers for the second time this season, tying his and Jalen Steele's (Knoxville, Tenn.) single-game program record for triples, to pace a 32-point outburst. He coupled that with four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Simmons also scored 32 points, going 11-for-23 from the floor and 5-of-10 from deep with seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
Paul Woodson (Cincinnati, Ohio) pitched in 14 points and five rebounds on 6-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes off of the bench, whileCurtis McMillion (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Emanuel Terry(Enterprise, Ala.) had eight points apiece. Terry also added six rebounds and eight blocks to his stat ledger, falling just one block short of tying McMillion's single-game record, which he set back in 2013 against Bob Jones.
The Railsplitters welcome the Mars Hill Lions to Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday night for a South Atlantic Conference battle at 8 p.m. Lincoln Memorial has won 13 straight games against Mars Hill.
In women's basketball action, the Lady Railsplitters (14-9, 11-7 SAC) fell in overtime as they dropped to Newberry 80-71 Saturday afternoon.
LMU's Megan Pittman, a junior forward from Liberty, Ky., posted another double-double, her 11th of the season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Britney Guy (Locust Grove, Ga.) added in 14 points and three assists while Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) had 10 points.
The Lady Railsplitters look to avenge an eight-point loss back on January 6th to Mars Hill as the Lions come to the Tex Turner Arena for a 6 p.m. Wednesday night tip-off. The Lions come into the contest having won five out of their last six games, including a 72-58 win at Queens Saturday, Feb. 13.
Photos by Jamie H. Vaught