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Railsplitters fall to No.14 In NABC/Division II Coaches Poll

KANSAS CITY, MO -- After seeing its 13-game winning streak snapped this past week, the Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team dropped seven spots to No.14 in the latest NABC/Division II Coaches' Poll, which was unveiled by officials with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday.

The Railsplitters (18-2, 14-2 SAC) fell for the first time in 2014 last Wednesday, suffering a 77-79 setback against the Carson-Newman University Eagles in Jefferson City, Tennessee. LMU finished with its second-worst shooting performance of the season, going 26-for-66 for a 39.4 percent mark. Meanwhile, Carson-Newman logged the most efficient offensive output for an LMU opponent during the 2013-14 campaign. The Eagles shot the rock at a 47.1 percent clip. The Railsplitters trailed by 13 with 7:29 left in regulation before rallying to cut the deficit to two in the final minute. However, the Eagles did just enough to hold on down the stretch.

Lincoln Memorial responded emphatically on Saturday, rolling the Newberry College Wolves, 92-77, in Tex Turner Arena. The Railsplitters held the nation's second-highest scoring outfit 17 points below its per-game average, pitching a defensive gem in the first half by limiting the Wolves to a dismal 6-for-25 clip. LMU led by as many as 20 in the second half, but Newberry rallied to make it a one-point game at the 10:38 mark. However, the Railsplitters used a 9-0 run and another late 8-0 run to pull away from Wolves.

Senior Vincent Bailey (Jennings, FL) extended his double-double streak to four-consecutive games this past week. Bailey went for 16 points and 10 rebounds at C-N before compiling 30 points and 11 boards against Newberry. Chance Jones (Knoxville, TN) poured in 17 points in Jefferson City and 14 against Newberry, while Lorenza Ross (Savannah, GA) became the first LMU men's player to record double-digit assists in a game since 2009. Ross dished out 10 assists with 10 points in the win over the Wolves.

Lincoln Memorial extended its South Atlantic Conference record streak to 54-consecutive weeks in the poll with its appearances in the 12th poll of the 2013-14 campaign. The Railsplitters have been ranked in every NABC poll since December 8, 2010.

The Railsplitters are slated for a pair of South Atlantic Conference contests this week, hosting the Tusculum College Pioneers on Thursday, February 13 at 8 p.m. inside of Tex Turner Arena before hitting the road to Hickory, North Carolina to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.

NABC Division II Coaches Poll
1. Metropolitan State, Colo. (15 first place votes)
2. Drury, Mo. (1 first place vote)
3. West Liberty, W.Va.
4. Tarleton State, Texas
5. Indianapolis, Ind.
6. East Stroudsburg, Pa.
7. Indiana, Pa.
8. California Baptist
9. Montevallo, Ala.
10. Florida Southern
11. Southern Connecticut State
12. South Carolina Aiken
13. Colorado School of Mines
14. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.
15. Seattle Pacific, Wash.
16. Wisconsin-Parkside
17. Cal State-San Bernardino
18. Minnesota State
19. Lewis, Ill.
20. Lake Superior State, Mich.
21. Delta State, Miss.
22. Southern Indiana
23. Walsh, Ohio
24. Western Washington
25. Cal Poly Pomona

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