KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team extended their South Atlantic Conference record streak to 38-consecutive weeks ranked in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll, as they remained in the top-25 despite falling four spots to No. 20 in this week's rankings. Officials unveiled the latest NABC/Division II poll late Tuesday afternoon.
The Railsplitters fell from No. 16 to No. 20 in this week's poll after a split week that saw LMU capture a 107-75 victory over Mars Hill on Wednesday evening before falling 113-98 to Newberry on Saturday evening. The 'Splitters notched a 61.6% effort from the field and placed five players in double-figures in their win over the Lions to start the week, however, they would fall victim to a hot-shooting effort from the Wolves on Saturday. Newberry canned 16 of their 34 three-point attempts in the game and went 16-16 from the charity stripe over the final five minute stretch of regulation to ice the win in Tex Turner Arena.
With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Railsplitters are locked in a two-way tie with Carson-Newman for the third spot in the South Atlantic Conference standings at 9-3 in league play. Lincoln Memorial boast a 16-4 overall record, which also matches the Eagle's season mark. The 'Splitters have six games left on the schedule and look to maneuver their toughest stretch of the year to close out the regular season. On February 16th, the Railsplitters are poised to battle the Anderson University Trojans in Anderson, South Carolina, where they will look to avenge a heartbreaking 67-66 loss to the Trojans from back on January 12th. Anderson currently is tied atop the SAC standings at 10-2 in league draws. The Railsplitters will also have to venture to Wingate University on February 27th looking to cap the season sweep over the Bulldogs. The 'Dogs are knotted in that two-way tie with Anderson in first place in the SAC. Prior to that contest, the Railsplitters a re slated to host Carson-Newman (2/20) and Lenoir-Rhyne (2/23) in back-to-back games. Lenoir-Rhyne is currently fifth in the SAC standings at 7-5 in league play.
The Railsplitters look to rebound from their loss to Newberry on Saturday with a trip to Brevard College tomorrow evening. The Tornados come into that game with a 2-10 mark in the SAC. That game is slated to tip at 8 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina.