Anderson stuns Lincoln Memorial
Trojans top Railspilitters for second time this season
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Seventh-seeded Anderson (S.C.) continued its success against one of the country’s top teams, knocking off second-seeded Lincoln Memorial 91-86 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Lincoln Memorial (27-3), which was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally after opening the season with 22 consecutive wins, suffered two of its three losses this season to Anderson (19-11). Anderson advances to Sunday’s 5 p.m. semifinal against sixth-seeded Montevallo, which upset third-seeded Georgia Southwestern 62-59 in the first game of the day.
Nick Trull hit five of his eight shots from the field, including three from three-point range, and all seven of his free throws to lead a balanced Anderson attack with 20 points.
Brandon Young scored 16 points, Denzail Jones added 14 and Trey Britton and Taylor Shugart each chipped in 13. Shugart pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Jones had five assists and four steals.
Darryl Garrett paced LMU with 24 points. Foul trouble limited D’Mario Curry, the Railsplitters’ leading scorer (17.6 points per game), to just 12 minutes of action. Curry scored nine points, all in the first half, before fouling out with 6:55 remaining in the game. LMU led by as many as nine points in the second half, 59-50 on a jumper by Garrett with 12:06 remaining. Anderson answered with a 12-2 run, capped by two Trull free throws, to go up 62-61, its first lead since 18-17.
Anderson was out-rebounded 39-25, but two huge offensive rebounds keyed the Trojans’ second-half surge. Jones rebounded Trull’s three-point miss and hit a jumper to give Anderson a 67-63 lead, and, on the Trojans’ next trip down the floor, Curry committed his fifth foul after Britton grabbed a rebound. Britton hit both free throws to push the lead to six.
The Trojans took their first double-digit lead, 80-70, on a Britton basket with just 2:17 to play. LMU hit a trio of three-pointers in the final minute to pull within 89-84, but Jones sealed the upset with two free throws with 16 seconds left. Anderson shot 80.6 percent (29-36) from the free throw line for the game, compared to 61.3 percent (19-31) for Lincoln Memorial.
Both teams were red-hot from the field in a high-scoring first half, with Lincoln Memorial hitting 65.4 percent of its shots (17-26) and Anderson shooting 64 percent (16-25).
Lincoln Memorial took a 47-44 lead to the locker room behind 17 points from Garrett on 5-6 shooting from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. Each team finished the game shooting exactly 50 percent – 26-52 for Anderson and 28-56 for Lincoln Memorial.