ANDERSON, S.C. -- Luquon Choice broke the South Atlantic Conference career record for three-pointers as the 25th-ranked Railsplitters (11-4, 6-3 SAC) cruised to a 94-77 win over the Anderson Trojans (7-8, 5-4 SAC) on Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, in Anderson, S.C.
After suffering a heartbreaking, two-point loss in overtime at No. 3 Queens on Monday night, Jan. 9, Lincoln Memorial made a quick turnaround and bounced back in convincing fashion in the Abney Center, building a 22-point halftime lead before breezing to the finish line against the upstart Trojans. "I thought we played our best 16 minutes of the season to end the first half," LMU head men's basketball coach Josh Schertz said. "Outside of that we were extremely uneven and credit Anderson for outcompeting us and outworking us the entire second half. I thought we showed character in how we responded on the road in a difficult environment after Monday, but we obviously have to get a lot better and become more consistent with our effort and execution." Choice scored 21 points on a 7-for-11 mark from three-point range, bringing his career total to 343 to surpass Carson-Newman's Ish Sanders for the South Atlantic Conference record. The Laurens, S.C. native broke LMU's career record earlier this season when he hit triple number 298 against Kentucky Wesleyan on November 18. Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) also turned in a dominant performance for the Railsplitters, recording 25 points on 12-for-16 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Paul Woodson (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists in 31 minutes off the bench. Cornelius Taylor (Claxton, Ga.) produced 12 points and four assists over 34 minutes of work. Dorian Pinson (Greenville, S.C.) finished in triple-double territory with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. As a team, Lincoln Memorial was excellent on the offensive end, shooting 58.7 percent while going 9-for-19 from three-point territory. The Railsplitters were also nearly perfect from the free-throw line with an 11-for-13 effort. LMU handed out 18 assists on 37 made field goals. The Railsplitters accomplished that while holding the Trojans to 42.4 percent shooting, including a dreadful 10-for-26 effort (38.5 percent) in the first half. Over that same span, Lincoln Memorial went 22-for-34 from the field for a 65 percent clip to establish an insurmountable lead. In addition to his 21-point performance, Choice did an outstanding defensive job on Randall Shaw, the SAC's leading scorer. Shaw was limited to just 13 points -- eight below his average -- on 5-for-12 shooting. Maurice Howard and Warren Vinson led the Trojans with 16 points apiece, while Jeremy Bouton and Shawn Benard added eight points each. Up Next The Railsplitters return to Tex Turner Arena on Saturday to face the Catawba Indians at 4 p.m. Catawba has lost two of its last three games after falling 97-82 at Wingate on Wednesday night. Quick Hits -Lincoln Memorial defeated the Trojans for the seventh straight time and improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. It marked the Railsplitters' fifth straight win on the road in the series.
-The Railsplitters outrebounded Anderson 37-28 with a 30-20 edge in defensive rebounds. Pinson and Perry both had double-doubles and combined for 22 boards.
-LMU absolutely dominated the paint, scoring 52 of its 94 points inside the square. By contrast, the Trojans accounted for a meager 24 points in the paint.
-The Railsplitters only played eight players in Wednesday night's contest. Woodson notched 18 points, but Anderson's bench produced a 33-21 edge over LMU's second unit.
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