January 3, 2011

No. 17 Railsplitters surge past Bobcats, 100-62

Box score

HARROGATE, Tenn. --- Desmond Johnson (Lynch, Ky.) and D'Mario Curry (Detroit, Mich.) each recorded a double-double to lead the No. 17 Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team to a 100-62 victory over visiting Lees-McRae College on Monday night in a non-conference matchup.

Lincoln Memorial (10-0) knocked down 52.9 percent of its attempts from the floor on the night, including a 57.6 percent clip in the first half, while holding Lees-McRae (3-6) to a 37.3 percent mark from the field. The Railsplitters won the battle on the glass by a decisive 52-31 margin, including a 33-18 advantage on the defensive glass, while converting 15 Bobcat turnovers into 21 points.

Adam McFerran (Stow, Ohio) paced the Bobcats with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while Tevin Friday (Gastonia, N.C.) and Dairl Scott, Jr. (Pfafftown, N.C.) chipped in 10 and nine markers, respectively. Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) and Reshon Benjamin (Valdosta, Ga.) paced LMC with three assists each, while Sepokas and McFerran each pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

Curry poured in a game-high 25 points off the bench, connecting on 9-of-15 attempts from the floor and going 7-for-10 at the free throw line, while pulling down 12 rebounds to post a double-double. Johnson recorded a double-double of his own with 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, connecting on 9-of-14 attempts from the floor and 4-of-8 at the charity stripe. Brandon Armstrong (Decatur, Ga.) also scored in double figures with 11 points, while Carlos Sanford (Durham, N.C.) dished out a game-high five assists. Curry also chipped in a game-high four blocked shots.

The game began with neither team being able to gain more than a two-point advantage over the opening five minutes until, with the score knotted at 10-10, Lincoln Memorial launched a 15-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 25-16 lead on a Justin Allen (Lithonia, Ga.) triple with 9:53 remaining in the half.

Lees-McRae would trim the margin to 26-20 with a 4-1 spurt before the Railsplitter offense took control, countering with an 11-3 run over the next two minutes to push the lead to 37-23 with 6:26 to play in the period. The Railsplitters then closed out the half with a 17-11 run to take a 54-34 advantage into the intermission.

The Lincoln Memorial offense continued to dictate the tempo early in the second half, opening the period with a 13-3 run to push the margin to 67-37 on a three-point play by Curry with 15:50 to play. Lees-McRae would answer with a quick 5-0 spurt to trim the lead to 67-42 before the Railsplitters regained control, pushing the lead to 80-42 with a 13-0 run, which was capped by a Curry dunk with 11:04 to play.

Lincoln Memorial would maintain the 30-point margin for the remainder of the game, pushing the lead to as much as 39 points (86-47) en route to the 100-62 victory, running its season-opening win streak to 10 games in the process.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday when the Bobcats host Queens University of Charlotte to resume their Conference Carolinas schedule. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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