HARROGATE, Tenn. — The No. 18 Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters took a commanding 95-58 victory over the Bruins of Bob Jones University in nonconference men’s basketball action Friday in Tex Turner Arena. With the win, LMU jumps out to a 2-0 start on the season, while the loss drops Bob Jones to 1-7 on the year.
The Railsplitters shot a cool 50-percent from the field in the game, including an eye-popping 56-percent clip from beyond the three-point line. Lorenza Ross paced LMU with 16 points on 7-10 shooting and added four rebounds and a game-high four assists.
Tim Pierce came off the bench to spark the Railsplitters with 13 points, three assists and three boards. Wally Jones his three of five 3-pointers and finished with 11 points while adding two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
Chance Jones was another highlight off the Railsplitters’ bench, tallying 10 points on 2-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Curtis McMillion and Keenan Peterson added eight points apiece while Jairocey Simpson, Jake Troyli and Cam Carden each chipped in with six points in the game. Dustin Craig notched seven points and bolstered his performance with a game-high 10 rebounds. In total, 11 different players scored in the contest for the Railsplitters.
The Railsplitters dominated the battle of the boards (47-28) while recording 10 steals in the contest. LMU forced the Bruins into 16 turnovers while committing 12 of their own miscues in the game.
Bob Jones was led by the 14-point effort of Ray Holden. Evan Brondyke added 13 points and Kyle Turner 10 for the Bruins.
Holden, Turner and Josh Clater all grabbed five rebounds to lead Bob Jones.
Brondyke’s 3-pointer gave the Bruins a 7-6 lead in the early goins, but the Railsplitters responded with an 11-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Pierce to take control of the game.
The LMU was leading just 30-22 late in the half, but they used a 9-1 spurt over the final 3:57 and Carden’s trey sent the Railsplitters into intermission up 39-23.
Lincoln Memorial quickly built onto that lead, establishing a 35-point cushion by the 14:27 mark of the second half. The Railsplitters ran out to as large as a 37-point lead and never held less than a 28-point advantage for the remainder of the contest. They would conclude the game with a 95-58 win over the Bruins.
LMU hits the road for the first time this season as they head to Trevecca Nazarene Tuesday. That contest is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. in Nashville.