CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With points coming at a premium, the second-seeded and No. 15 Railsplitters (28-5) rode a lockdown defensive effort and a dominant display on the backboards to defeat sixth-seeded Limestone (27-6) 70-64 and advance to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championship game for the second straight season on Sunday night, March 12, at the Levine Center.
Lincoln Memorial will face the winner of the Queens/Augusta game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, with the winner of that contest advancing to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D. Lincoln Memorial trailed by as many as nine points in the second half and faced a 59-51 deficit with six and a half minutes left in regulation, but closed on a 19-5 run to book its ticket to the Sweet 16. Luquon Choice scored a team-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks, but finished just 8-for-22 from the field and 4-of-11 from three. Cornelius Taylor (pictured) attacked the rim at will to produce 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while Chris Perry produced 13 points and 12 boards. Trevon Shaw chipped in 10 points with eight rebounds over 38 minutes of work. Redshirt-senior Paul Woodson contributed only two points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three blocks, but was arguably Lincoln Memorial's most valuable asset, as the 6-7 forward played a key role in slowing down Limestone's dynamic duo of Shaq Dance and Shaun Stewart, who combined for 68 points in the Saints' quarterfinal win over UNC Pembroke.
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