HARROGATE, Tenn. — The fifth-ranked Lincoln Memorial men’s basketball team clinched the school’s first-ever South Atlantic Conference regular-season championship in men’s basketball when they defeated Newberry College 84-72. With the win, the Railsplitters improve to 22-0 on the season and 14-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The 14 wins are a new SAC men’s basketball record for conference wins in a season.
LMU jumped into the lead quickly, gaining a 5-0 advantage after two minutes of play in the game. The Railsplitters added to this lead, pushing the lead out to 11 with 12:47 remaining in the half. LMU led by as many as 12 in the half before the Wolves made a late run. With the run, the Railsplitters took a 40-38 lead into the second half.
Lincoln Memorial opened the second half with a three-point basket by Brandon Armstrong, giving the Railsplitters a five-point lead. From that point on, LMU would never lead by less than four. With nine minutes remaining in the game, the Railsplitters had firmly established a double-digit advatage. Lincoln Memorial was able to ward off the defensive pressure in the late minutes, winning the game, 84-72.
Newberry (11-11, 6-8 SAC) was led in scoring by Brunes Charles, who scored 13 points. Tony Davis, Matt Dixon, and Jawuan Lockhart all had double-digit points as well for the Wolves. Davis and Charles Ndoloum led with six rebounds apiece.
The Railsplitters were led by the scoring performance of Brandon Armstrong, who poured in 22 points to lead all players. D’Mario Curry was also impressive, finishing with 17 points. Kierre Jordan threw in 15 points to add a big spark off the bench. Curry led all players with 12 rebounds. Desmond Johnson was big on the boards as well, pulling in 8 rebounds.
LMU will look to continue their perfect season on Wednesday, as they travel to Brevard College. That game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.