HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Sophomore guard Courvoisier McCauley (No. 1) was nearly unstoppable Wednesday night inside Tex Turner Arena on his way to putting on a performance for the ages. Willing the fourth-ranked Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team to a 97-77 South Atlantic Conference home victory over Lenoir-Rhyne, the Indianapolis native scored a career-high 44 points on 17-of-25 shooting from the floor and went 8-for-10 on three pointers.
McCauley's 44 points are the most scored by a Railsplitter in a single game in LMU's NCAA era and the most since Nick Sanford also scored 44 against St. Michaels in 1987. Furthermore, his 44 points are tied for the seventh-most in a game in program history.
The Railsplitters (11-1, 5-0 SAC) won their 11th straight behind 60.3 percent (38-of-63) shooting and 13 treys on 24 attempts (54.2%), never trailing for the entire 40 minutes. Scoring 55 first-half points on 65.6 percent (21-of-32) shooting, including going 8-for-12 (66.7%) from deep, LMU was able to overcome foul trouble and 14 made three pointers by the visiting Bears (4-5, 0-5 SAC).
LMU hits the road for one final game before Christmas break this weekend when they travel to Owensboro, Kentucky, to face Kentucky Wesleyan Sunday afternoon in a 3 p.m. EST tip-off from inside the Owensboro Sportscenter. Following Sunday's non-conference road tilt, LMU will have 13 days off from game action before returning to conference play Saturday, Jan. 4 at Newberry.
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The LMU women's basketball team just could not get the shots to fall when needed Wednesday evening against Lenoir-Rhyne, shooting a season low 30.3 percent from the field as they fell to the Bears 72-62. The loss snaps a three-game win streak and drops the Lady Railsplitters to 4-4 overall on the season and 3-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 3-7 and 1-4 in SAC play.
The Lady Railsplitters will close out the 2019 portion of the schedule as they travel to face future SAC foe Limestone College Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Gaffney, South Carolina.
Photos by Jamie H. Vaught