BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Four players scored in
double figures to lead the No. 5 Lincoln Memorial University men's
basketball team to an 86-54 win over Lees-McRae College on Saturday
afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.
Lincoln Memorial (3-0) shot 50.8 percent from the floor on the
afternoon, including a 54.5 percent clip in the first half, while
holding Lees-McRae (0-4) to a field goal percentage of 28.1 percent
in the game. The Railsplitters won the battle on the glass by a
52-34 margin, including a 38-24 edge on the defensive boards, while
outscoring the Bobcats by a 38-18 tally in the paint.
Jake Troyli poured in a game-high 14 points to pace the
Railsplitters, as Desmond Johnson and Brandon Armstrong each posted
12 markers. Vincent Bailey added 11 points as Johnson chipped in 10
rebounds to post a double-double. Armstrong also dished out a
game-high five assists for LMU.
DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) led the way for Lees-McRae with 12
points on 4-of-7 shooting, all from behind the arc, as Daniel
Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) and Will Lopez (Sydney, Australia)
added 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Sepokas paced the Bobcats
with four assists, as Lopez and Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added
seven and six rebounds, respectively.
The Bobcats hung with the Railsplitters for the first several
minutes of the game, taking an early 5-2 lead on a Lamot layup at
the 18:32 mark before LMU responded, launching a 27-8 run over the
next eight minutes to claim a 29-13 advantage on a triple by Wally
Jones with 10:26 to go in the half. Lincoln Memorial continued to
dictate play over the final 10 minutes of the period, closing out
the half with a 16-10 spurt to take a 45-23 lead into the
Lees-McRae started to rally early in the second half, cutting
the lead to 47-30 on a Brown triple before Lincoln Memorial
responded with a 20-3 surge, pushing the margin to 67-33 on a
three-pointer by Armstrong at the 8:39 mark. The Railsplitters
would hold on from there, outscoring the Bobcats by a 16-12 margin
over the final seven minutes of the game.
The Bobcats return to the court on Tuesday when they travel to
Greeneville, Tenn. to take on Tusculum College at 7 p.m. in Pioneer