HARROGATE, TN -- The third-ranked Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team stormed past the Jaguars of Augusta State University by a score of 73-57. With the defeat of this perennial region power, the Railsplitters move to 12-0 on the season.
The Jaguars' offense was powered by Devonte Thomas' 14 points. Harold Doby and D'Angelo Boyce added ten points apiece to round out the double digit scoring for Augusta State.
The Railsplitters were the benefactors of a balanced offensive attack, led by Cam Carden's 16 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the arc. Desmond Johnson added 15 points to solidify the paint. Lorenza Ross provided 14 big points off of the bench while Brandon Armstrong notched 12.
The Railsplitters shot a staggering 58 percent on the evening while holding the Jaguars to 38.5 percent from the floor.
In the opening minutes, the game was tightly contested as the score was tied at 15-15 with 10:05 remaining in the half. A three-point bucket by Devonte Thomas gave the Jaguars a brief lead in the half. The Railsplitters used a 9-0 run in the ensuing five minutes, capped off by Brandon Armstrong's three-point basket, to take a 24-18 lead. LMU continued to push their lead to close the half. Vincent Bailey layed the ball in with 11 seconds remaining to send the game into the break with Lincoln Memorial on top 33-22.
The second half of play continued in similar fashion as the Railsplitters continued to extend on their lead. With 10:10 remaining in the game, Armstrong nailed another three-pointer to take a commanding 56-41 lead. LMU pressed the score to as many as 23 with a dunk by Desmond Johnson with a little under five minutes remaining. The Jaguars would be unable to make a run back into the game as the Railsplitters won in dominating fashion, 73-57.
The Railsplitters will break for the holidays as they will resume play on January 4th, as the Pioneers of Tusculum College travel to Harrogate, Tennessee for South Atlantic Conference action. That game is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. following the girls' game.