ROCK HILL, SC -- For the second-consecutive week, the Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team was honored in the South Atlantic Conference weekly awards, as senior Jake Troyli was crowned the SAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, league officials announced early Monday afternoon. Troyli was also named the Railsplitter of the Week earlier this morning.
Troyli, a 6'10" senior forward out of Largo, Florida, earned this distinction after leading the Railsplitters to an undefeated week and vaulting LMU into a three-way tie atop the South Atlantic Conference standings. Jake opened the week in a big way, shooting the Railsplitters to an 80-63 victory over arch-rival Carson-Newman with a career-high 32 points on Wednesday evening in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Of those 32 points, 21 came in the first half as the Railsplitters built a 46-30 advantage at the end of the first stanza on their way to a rout over the Eagles. Troyli connected on 14 of his 19 shot attempts and grabbed nine rebounds to round out his stat ledger for the contest.
The big man continued his stellar play over the weekend, as he led all scorers with 20 points in the Railsplitters' 60-58 triumph over the Wingate University Bulldogs on Saturday night in Tex Turner Arena. Troyli made good on eight of 15 shot attempts, reigned in eight boards and swatted three shots in 39 minutes of action, as the Railsplitters handed the Bulldogs their first loss in SAC play this season.
Troyli is riding a streak of three-consecutive games with at least 20 points dating back to January 19th, where he matched his previous career-high with 26 points in the Railsplitters' win over Lenoir-Rhyne. Over that span, Jake has increased his scoring average from 14.3 per to 15.8 points per appearance, ranking seventh in the South Atlantic Conference. He has displayed efficient offensive production for the Railsplitters this season, ranking eighth in the league in field-goal percentage (54.1%), while also boasting a 50% clip from beyond the three-point line.
The No.12 Railsplitters moved to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in South Atlantic Conference play with the pair of wins this past week. Lincoln Memorial is knotted in a three-way tie in first place in the SAC standings with Wingate and Anderson University.
Lincoln Memorial University will look to extend their four-game winning streak this week, as they are slated for two more all-important South Atlantic Conference tests. The 'Splitters are set to welcome Tusculum College to Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday evening (8 pm) before hitting the road to Salisbury, North Carolina to take on the Catawba College Indians on Saturday (4 pm).