KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team continues to move up in the national rankings, as the Railsplitters jumped one spot to No. 11 in the NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll, which was revealed by officials on Tuesday afternoon. LMU moved to an unblemished 6-0 on the season after swiping a pair of South Atlantic Conference victories at Tusculum and Newberry this past week.
The Railsplitters opened the past week of competition with a trip to South Atlantic Conference foe Tusculum College on Wednesday evening, where they captured a commanding 83-70 win over the Pioneers in Greeneville, Tennessee. Lincoln Memorial established a double-digit advantage by the 15:12 mark of the second half and never led by fewer than eight points from that juncture en route to victory. LMU boasted a balanced scoring attack with four players notching double-figure scoring, headlined by Cam Carden's 17-point outburst.
Lincoln Memorial traveled to Newberry College on Sunday and found themselves in a dogfight with the Wolves. With 6:02 left on the game clock in the second half, the Railsplitters were facing a 12-point deficit but used some late-game heroics to lift their way to victory. Trailing by six with 1:47 to play, senior Wally Jones drilled a three to cut the deficit in half and Lorenza Ross knotted the game two possessions later with another three at the 38-second mark to send the game into overtime. In the OT, the two teams met at a 95-95 stalemate before Cam Carden drained a three-pointer with three seconds left to give LMU a 100-95 win on the road.
The early portion of the season has seen the Railsplitters boasting the characteristics with which have become a part of the culture en route to accruing a perfect 6-0 start. Lincoln Memorial is shooting at a highly-efficient 51.1% clip from the field and 43% from the three, while limiting their foes to only 38% from the floor and 24% from the three-point arc. The 'Splitters are outscoring their opponents by an average margin of 25.7 this season, while also holding an 11.5 rebounding margin.
Five players are currently averaging double-figure scoring for the Railsplitters this season, paced by senior Jake Troyli's average of 15.5 points per contest. The forward hailing from Largo, Florida has also reigned in 4.7 boards per game and shot at a 55% mark from the field (53% from three). He ranks second on the team with an average of 29.3 minutes played per game. The Railsplitters' front court has been bolstered by the return of preseason All-SAC First Team selection Vincent Bailey, as he is holding an average of 10 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Senior Wally Jones is playing the best basketball of his career this season, as he is pouring in 13.2 points and four rebounds per game for the Railsplitters. He leads the team in three-point shooting with 15 makes in 32 attempts for a 47% mark. Lorenza Ross ranks third on the team in scoring at 12.2 per contest, highlighted by 49% shooting from the field and a 5-8 clip from long range. He is tied with Cam Carden for the team lead in assists with 19. Cam Carden has recorded 10.2 points per game with 10 made three-pointers to his credit.
Senior Dustin Craig is leading the Railsplitters in rebounding with 7.2 per game to go along with a scoring average of 7.5 per.
The Railsplitters will be back in action on Saturday, December 8th, as they travel to the University of Virginia-Wise for a nonconference matchup in Wise, Virginia. That game is set to tip 4 p.m.