Jones' 21 points lead No. 20 Lincoln Memorial past King (Tenn.) 75-68
HARROGATE, Tenn. -- No. 20 Lincoln Memorial led wire-to-wire and fended off a late rally to capture a 75-68 victory against King (Tenn.) in non-conference action on Sunday at Tex Turner Arena.
With the win, the Railsplitters rebounded from their first loss of the season and moved to 7-1 on the year. The Tornado fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with the loss, dropping to 7-1 on the season.
The Railsplitters limited the Tornado to 38.9 percent shooting from the field while piling on a 50 percent clip on the offensive end of the ball. Lincoln Memorial came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, jumping in front 7-0 following a jumper from Vincent Bailey at the 16:20 mark of the first half. The Railsplitters extended their lead to 11-2 on a dunk by Jake Troyli, assisted by Lorenza Ross, with 14:53 left in the first half. The Tornado countered with five consecutive points, capped by a pair of free throws from Jason Seymore to cut the deficit to 11-7. The Railsplitters answered with an 11-3 run, highlighted by four consecutive points from Bailey, to take a 22-10 lead with 10:49 left in the half.
Lincoln Memorial held to a double-digit advantage for a large portion of the ensuing minutes, grabbing a 30-20 lead on a 3-pointer from Wally Jones at 6:53 before halftime. King went on a 5-0 run fueled by an Aaron Wheeler drive to pull within five at 30-25. The Railsplitters closed the first half on a 7-4 run, highlighted by another Troyli dunk, to extend their lead to 37-29.
In similar fashion to the opening minutes of the first half, the Railsplitters began the second half with a 9-2 run, paced by four points from Vincent Bailey, to take a 46-31 lead with 16:41 left in regulation.
Lincoln Memorial led by double-digits for the entirety of the next six minutes until Malcolm St. Louis tipped in a Tornado miss to cut the Railsplitters' advantage to single digits at 58-49 with 9:34 left to play. Michael Fortune's 3-pointer in the next Tornado possession pulled King within six points. LMU's Jake Troyli scored on consecutive possessions for the Railsplitters to propel them back to a double-digit lead at 62-52.
The Tornado made a final push to make it a 66-61 game at the 2:43 mark. The Railsplitters answered with a 5-0 run to take a commanding 71-61 lead with only 58 seconds left.
LMU kept King's late rally at bay and Jake Troyli sealed the game at the charity stripe for the Railsplitters by draining a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining en route to a 75-68 victory.
Senior Wally Jones led all players in the contest with 21 points, marked by a 6-of-9 effort from 3-point range.
Senior Jake Troyli and junior Vincent Bailey were the catalysts for a 40-26 advantage in the paint and the Railsplitters outrebounded the Tornado 36-32. Troyli had 18 points and narrowly missed recording a double-double with nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Bailey was limited to only 17 minutes on the court due to foul trouble but contributed 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, and seven rebounds.
King was paced by Eddie Piccinini's 18 points. Jason Seymore finished with a 16-point, 10-rebound performance to notch a double-double for the Tornado, while Aaron Wheeler added 13 points off the bench.