McMillion comes up big in LMU rout

December 2, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Paced by a record-breaking near triple-double from sophomore Curtis McMillion, the 13th-ranked Railsplitters powered past the Bob Jones University Bruins 99-63 in non-conference men’s basketball action on Saturday.

Lincoln Memorial improves to 5-1 overall, while the Bruins drop to 4-6.

McMillion led LMU to a commanding 36-point victory with a performance for the ages. The 6-6 post from Fayetteville, N.C., churned out a team and career high 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with 20 rebounds — tied for fourth in LMU’s single-game record book — and nine blocks. That effort propelled the Railsplitters to a dominant 61-26 advantage on the glass.

McMillion’s nine blocks broke the previous single-game record held by D’Mario Curry and helped propel the Railsplitters to a record-breaking 15 team blocks. McMillion’s outing was bolstered by an 11-for-12 mark from the free throw line. Curry was also the last Railsplitter to record 20 rebounds in a game, accomplishing that feat last on March 3, 2010.

With 61 rebounds in the contest, the Railsplitters matched the fourth-highest output in school history. The Railsplitters last recorded 60 team rebounds in a win over Mars Hill on Jan. 13, 2011.

McMillion’s monster outing was backed by forwards Vincent Bailey and Paul Woodson. Bailey popped in 24 points — 16 in the second half — and added six rebounds in only 19 minutes of action. Woodson was equally efficient, pouring in 10 points with 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time.

That trio paced the Railsplitters to a 48-22 advantage in the paint. Lincoln Memorial collected 20 offensive rebounds in the contest and turned those second-chance opportunities into 31 points. LMU’s second unit outscored the Bruins 28-23. Lincoln Memorial University never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 40 points.

Freshman Luquon Choice chipped in with eight points and six rebounds, while Chance Jones tallied nine points and six boards in 25 minutes.

McMillion’s performance overshadowed a big game from Bob Jones’ Larry Taylor, who led all players in the contest with 29 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Taylor went 11-for-12 from the free throw line while adding a team high five rebounds and four assists.

Jason McVey backed that effort with nine points and Darnel Antoine sparked the Bruins off the bench with eight points in 14 minutes.

The Railsplitters return to action and South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday when they travel to Hartsville, S.C., for a 4 p.m. bout against the Coker College Cobras.