HARROGATE, Tenn. - Emanuel Terry scored a career-high 27 points and Dorian Pinson (pictured) became the 28th member of the 1,000-point club as the No. 6 Railsplitters (14-1, 8-0 SAC) bludgeoned the Coker Cobras (7-8, 4-3 SAC) 120-74 to win their 22nd straight South Atlantic Conference contest on Saturday evening, Jan. 6 at Tex Turner Arena.
Powered by Terry and Pinson, Lincoln Memorial shot 63 percent from the field, converted 25 Coker turnovers into 36 points and matched the second-longest SAC winning streak in league history. The Railsplitters also improved to 9-0 in the all-time series against the Cobras, who suffered its fourth straight loss by at least 37 points against Lincoln Memorial. "I was really proud of our team," LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. "I thought every guy that played came out and competed hard. Other than one lull in the second half, we really competed hard and played really smart basketball for 40 minutes. "Coker is a hard game because of the pace and how frenetic it can be. We wanted to play with pace and discipline, and that's a hard paradox to manage. I thought we did a good job of walking that line. Overall, I'm really proud of our basketball team. Everybody came in, competed hard and played smart basketball." Terry led the charge for the Railsplitters, resetting his career-high for points with 27 on 12-of-14 shooting. The 6-9 senior also added a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocks. Terry scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, when he went a near perfect 8-of-9 from the field. "He was great. I thought the guys did a really nice job of finding him against their pressure and traps," Schertz said of Terry's performance. "He was great on the glass, battling in there and competing. He's one of the best big men in the country and he certainly played like it today." In addition to Terry's monster game, Pinson racked up 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with six steals, five assists and five rebounds. On his bucket with 16:15 remaining in the first half, Pinson crossed the 1,000-point threshold to become just the ninth player in program history with over 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds. The senior out of Greenville, S.C. is also ninth all-time with 349 career assists. "It's something that's hard to do in your career," Schertz said of the 1,000-point achievement. "Dorian is one of those guys that is just a joy to coach. The crazy thing is that he scored 1,000 points and scoring is well down the list of his attributes that he brings to the table. That's how good a player he is. That kind of sums it up and speaks volumes about the kind of impact he has on winning games." Trevon Shaw pitched in 19 points and four rebounds, Cornelius Taylor had 15 points with three three-pointers and five assists, and Josh Odem scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. All told, Lincoln Memorial's starting five accounted for 93 of the team's 120 points. The Railsplitters take the week off before heading to Charlotte, N.C. to face the No. 2 nationally ranked Queens Royals in a rematch of last season's Sweet 16 showdown on Saturday, January 13. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
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Reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Qua Hines helped spark a 15-4 third quarter run and led all scorers with a career-high 24 points as the LMU women's basketball team held of a very athletic Coker team 75-59 Saturday afternoon. In addition to Hines' 24 points, she also had a team high six rebounds and four assists. Rachel Griffith also tied her own career high with 15 points while Shea Coker made history by becoming the 19th Lady Railsplitter to reach 1,000 points in their career with her tenth and final point of the game. Coker (6-7, 3-4 SAC) actually bested LMU (9-5, 5-3 SAC) in shooting from the field, hitting 39.3 percent (22-56) of their shots to LMU's 35.9 percent (23-64). But the Blue and Gray hit seven three-pointers to two from the Cobras and owned the boards by a 46-37 margin in rebounding to grab the win.
The Lady Railsplitters will have a week off to begin classes for the spring semester before travelling to face the Queens Royals next Saturday in SAC action. The Royals are currently 4-9 overall and picked up their first SAC win (they are now 1-6) earlier today with their 65-62 win over Mars Hill. They play at Newberry on Wednesday.
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