WISE, Va. — No. 11 Lincoln Memorial left Saturday’s game with its first loss of the season after falling to host Virginia-Wise 81-80 in overtime.
Javon Moore had a game-high 20 points for the Cavs.
Neither team led by more than four points until the final two minutes of the first period. LMU used the final two minutes of the half to go on a 9-0 run to go up 46-35 at the intermission. C.J. Wakeley was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field as he scored 12 first-half points to aid the Railsplitters to a large halftime lead.
The Cavaliers outscored the Railsplitters 16-5 in the first 2:54 of the second half to tie the score at 51.
The remainder of the game saw neither team stretch its lead to double digits. The largest lead came with four minutes to play when Wally Jones’ 3-point shot extended LMU’s lead to seven.
On the following possession, Darius Smith scored in the paint to pull within five with 3:31 to play. Following a scoreless possession by the Railsplitters, the undersized Cavs went to work on the glass. Virginia-Wise collected three offensive rebounds on its next possession before Moore scored from inside to cut the margin to three.
Wakeley responded for LMU to extend the lead back to five, only to have Matt Day hit a three from the top of the key to make the score 75-73 in favor of the visitors with 2:25 remaining.
Neither team scored until just 32 seconds remaining in regulation.
Smith drove the lane and dished off to Jermaine Wright, who connected in the paint to tie the score at 75. LMU got two looks at the basket in the final seconds but came up short to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session, neither team found much success on the offensive end. LMU’s Vincent Bailey broke the ice with a jumper nearly two minutes into the period. Two possessions later, Day drove to the basket and was fouled by Cam Carden. Day’s basket and free throw went in to give the Cavs a 78-77 lead with 2:23 to play.
LMU regained the lead 20 seconds later when Bailey knocked down a jumper. Day’s free throws with 26 seconds remaining put Virginia-Wise back on top. The next trip down the floor, Bailey split a pair of free throws to tie the game with 18 seconds to play.
Virginia-Wise ran the clock down to three seconds before Smith began his drive to the hoop. He was fouled on the drive and went to the charity stripe for two shots. Smith made the first free throw before missing the second. LMU rebounded the miss, but a last second heave came up short, sealing the upset for Cavs.
Moore’s added 10 rebounds to his 20 points for his second double-double of the season. Day also finished with a double-double as he had 15 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. Smith added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in the win. James Turner rounded out the balanced offensive attack with 10 points and five rebounds.