HARROGATE, Tenn. — The No. 14 Railsplitters continued their dominant stretch of play to open the season by capturing a 93-48 victory over the Hiwassee College Tigers in nonconference action on Saturday afternoon at Tex Turner Arena.
The win propels Lincoln Memorial University to 4-0 on the season, highlighted by three-wins by more than 30 points. With the loss, the Tigers sink to 2-8 on the year.
The Railsplitters came up just short of matching their season-high output for points, as they poured in 93 points on 36-64 shooting from the field, including a 7-14 mark from the three-point line. LMU boasted a balanced offensive attack throughout the game with all 12 players scoring at least two points. Jake Troyli led the way with 24 points in only 25 minutes of action. Troyli was highly efficient from the field with a 9-12 mark including a 4-4 effort from three.
Wally Jones finished with 11 points on 4-6 shooting and a team-high five assists and four steals. Lorenza Ross poured in 10 points and dished out three assists in 19 minutes.
Curtis McMillion made his impact felt in limited action, tallying nine points and nine boards in 14 minutes of playing time.
Rico Stanley and Justin Browner headlined the offensive effort for the Tigers with 13 points apiece. Those were the only two players to tally double-digit scoring in the contest as Jeff Golden and Brandon Carpenter were the next highest performers with five apiece.
LMU dominated the battle of the boards (43-24) and finished with an eye-popping disparity in the paint, outscoring the Tigers, 46-18, in the lane. The Railsplitters also capitalized on 23 miscues from the Tigers to rack up 33 scores off turnovers.
Lady Railsplitters hold off West Alabama, 70-64
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Lady Railsplitters withstood a furious second-half rally to upend the Tigers of the University of West Alabama, 70-64, on the final day of the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Thanksgiving Classic Saturday afternoon.
The win propels Lincoln Memorial to 4-2 on the season, while the Tigers drop to 3-2 with the loss.
The Lady Railsplitters led wire-to-wire in the contest as they struck the opening blow with a layup from Kelsey Bradford with 17:22 remaining in the first half of play to take a 2-0 lead. The remainder of the half saw four ties, however, LMU led by as many as seven on a jumper from MaRanda Boddie with 1:06 left to play in the half.
The Tigers closed the half with a 6-0 run to trim the lead to 27-26 at the break.
LMU shot out of the gates in the second frame, quickly extending their lead to 11 with a jumper from Mariah Richardson with 15:47 to play in regulation. Later, an 8-0 rally capped with a layup from Boddie and a made free throw from Bradford pushed the lead 53-40 with 8:12 to play.
From that juncture, West Alabama began to chip away and closed to within four when Jamie Gunter’s layup made it 62-58 with 2:34 to play. The Lady Railsplitters answered with a jumper as the shot clock expired from Boddie.
The Tigers closed the gap to four on three more occasions and threatened to push closer over the final two minutes, yet all three of those opportunites were countered with clutch free throw shooting from Kelsey Bradford. Bradford was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe in the closing minutes as she held the Tigers at bay and sealed a 70-64 victory for the Lady Railsplitters.
Bradford’s 9-of-10 effort from the line helped her to a team-leading 19 points. Bradford also dished out seven assists to lead all players in that field and grabbed six rebounds.
Boddie finished with 12 points while leading the Lady Railsplitters in rebounding with seven. Mariah Richardson and Ralissa Nelson recorded eight points apiece with Nelson drilling two of her three three-point attempts. Nelson also had five assists.
Edina Musa wrapped up six rebounds with a game-high four offensive boards to help the lead LMU to yet another dominating performance on the boards, out-rebounding the Tigers, 38-26.
The Tigers were led by the trio of Brittany Weathers, Gunter and Tamya Thomspon as they combined to score 60 of West Alabama’s 64 points. Weathers led all players with an outstanding 36-point effort, marked by a 12-22 effort from the field with a 6-8 mark from the three-point arc. Gunter and Thompson added 12 points apiece.
South Atlantic Conference play is up next for both LMU teams as they travel to Greeneville Wedensday to take on the Pioneers of Tusculum College. The women tip off at 6 p.m. with the men following at 8 p.m.