HARROGATE, TN -- Despite Sammy Emile's near record night, the top-ranked Railsplitters defeated the Lions of Mars Hill by a score of 131-96. With the win, Lincoln Memorial University moves to 15-0 on the season and 5-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.
Sammy Emile led all players as he poured in 50 points for the Lions on the evening. That point total falls one shy of the South Atlantic Conference record for points in a single game. Emile was aided by Terrell Harris' 18 points and JaShawn Anderson's 14 points off the bench.
Six players notched double digit scoring in the game for the Railsplitters led by Jake Troyli's 26 points. Justin Allen finished with 18 followed closely by Wally Jones with 17 points off the bench. Vincent Bailey put in 15 points. Brandon Armstrong scored his 1,000th career point on the evening as he finished with 13 points. Dustin Craig tallied 10 points.
The Railsplitters completely dominated the glass as they outrebounded the Lions by a margin of 61-28. Lincoln Memorial finished shooting an impressive 58 percent from the field.
After trailing 2-3 in the opening minute of play, the Railsplitters took the lead at 4-3 with a jumper by Jake Troyli. The Railsplitters would never trail in the game from that point. By the third media timeout, LMU had asserted a 40-21 lead. That would remain the deficit at the conclusion of the half as the Railsplitters led 59-40 at the break.
The Lions would never cut into the Lincoln Memorial University advantage as the Railsplitters would mount as large a lead as 36 with thirty seconds remaining. The Railsplitters completely dominated throughout as they concluded the game with a 131-96 victory.
The Railsplitters will look to continue this dominant stretch of basketball as they face a tough road challenge. On Saturday, January 14th, the Railsplitters will head to Anderson University for a match up of undefeated South Atlantic Conference foes. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip.