HARROGATE, TN -- The no.8 Railsplitters cruised to a 69-58 victory of the Brevard College Tornados on Wednesday evening in Tex Turner Arena to improve to 13-2 in South Atlantic Conference play and 23-2 overall.
The Tornados were led by Gaither Hendrix's game-high 26 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the arc. Gaither stood as the lone double-digit performer for Brevard College in the contest. Darius Moose added nine points in the defeat.
Desmond Johnson led the Railsplitters with 20 points on 8-13 shooting from the field. He capped off a huge double-double performance with 14 boards along with two assists. Vincent Bailey added 17 points down low while grabbing six rebounds and tallying an assist and block. Chance Jones notched nine points in the contest. 11 different players scored for LMU on the night.
The Railsplitters shot 48 percent in the affair while dominating the battle of the boards by a margin of 41-25.
The opening minutes played to a 5-5 stalemate as both teams struggled offensively out of the gate. The Railsplitters responded with a 4-0 run that was quickly answered by a 7-0 run for the Tornado as they held a 12-9 edge with 12:44 remaining in the first half of play.
Following two lead changes and two ties, the Railsplitters took the lead for good with a jumper by Vincent Bailey, to make the score 24-22, with 6:47 remaining. Keenan Peterson's jumper with 3:04 left in the half capped an 8-1 run for the Railsplitters as they drove the score to 32-23 in their favor. Wally Jones gave Lincoln Memorial a 38-26 advantage at the break with a trey with just over a minute left on the clock.
The Railsplitters opened the second half with a lay in by Chance Jones and a freebie from Desmond Johnson to extend their lead to 41-26. With 13:33 on the clock, LMU had worked the lead out to 52-32. The Tornados fought back into the game with an 11-2 run in the next two minutes to cut the deficit to 54-43.
Lincoln Memorial extended their lead back to 17 with just under eight minutes remaining. The Railsplitters maintained a double-digit lead for the greater portion of the second half until the Tornados used a trey from Michael Gist with 1:52 remaining to cut the score to 64-55. The Railsplitters closed the game at the free throw line in the final two minutes and capped a 69-58 victory.
LMU will look to avenge one of their two losses of the season on Saturday, February 18th as they host Anderson University, who currently holds the top spot in the South Atlantic Conference. That game is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. in Tex Turner Arena.