AUGUSTA, Ga. – For the second game in a row, the No. 20 Railsplitters knocked a team from the ranks of the unbeaten, as Lincoln Memorial (8-1) scored a 67-53 victory against the 12th-ranked Jaguars of Augusta State (6-1) at the James Brown Arena on Wednesday.
The Railsplitters rode a revived defensive unit to victory, as they held the Jaguars to a 18-67 shooting effort (26.9 percent) from the floor and a 3-12 mark from the 3-point line (25 percent). Only three players on the Augusta State side tallied double-figure scoring, paced by Harold Doby and Josh Samuels with 11 points apiece. Devon Wright-Nelson finished with 10 points and matched a game-high with 12 rebounds. No other player on the Jaguar side finished with more than five points.
The Railsplitters used a balanced offensive attack, with 10 players each recording a basket in the game, and a solid individual effort from Jake Troyli to capture the win on the road. Troyli led all players with 24 points and matched Nelson’s game-high figure with 12 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. He made 10 of his 18 shot attempts and added an assist, a steal and a block.
Wally Jones added nine points and dished out a game-high five assists with no turnovers in 29 minutes on the court. Jones also tallied a game-high three steals in the contest. Lorenza Ross and Vincent Bailey had six points apiece and Bailey added seven rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Cam Carden made good on two of his four shot attempts to notch five points, while Tim Pierce provided the Railsplitters with five points as well off the bench. Senior Dustin Craig was a force on the glass for LMU with seven rebounds to go along with four points.
The Railsplitters grabbed the early lead following two quick buckets from Bailey, with his second score coming at the 19:11 mark to assume a 4-0 advantage. The Jaguars responded with a 7-3 run, capped with a free throw from Harold Doby to knot the game at seven with 16:18 remaining in the half. Augusta State took its only lead of the game at the 15:43 mark with a jumper from Travis Keels, which was quickly erased in the next possession with a jumper from Lorenza Ross.
The Railsplitters held tight to the lead over the ensuing minutes, never leading by more than five until Troyli drained a three with 8:53 left in the first stanza to extend LMU to a 23-17 cushion. Tim Pierce pushed Lincoln Memorial to a double-digit lead with a three of his own at the 6:08 mark of the period. The Railsplitters continued to hold the Jaguars at bay and extended the lead to 12 with a jumper from Keenan Peterson with only 2:37 to play in the half. Two free throws by Devonte Thomas cut the deficit back to 32-22 with 47 left in the half, however, Jones had the final word in the half with a layup to take the Railsplitters into the break atop the scoreboard, 34-22.
Lincoln Memorial forced Augusta State into committing seven turnovers in the half and limited the Jaguars to an 8-29 effort from the field and an 0-3 mark from behind the arc.
Coming out of the locker room, the Jaguars received a bucket from Wright-Nelson and another score from Doby to drive to within eight points of the Railsplitters. Lincoln Memorial quickly extended its advantage back to 37-26 during the next two possessions with a jumper from Ross and a free throw from Troyli. A 3-pointer from Nelson drove the score back to 37-29 with 16:44 remaining in regulation, however, that was the closest Augusta State got.
Two scores in a row from Jake Troyli extended the lead to 12 and the Railsplitters established their largest lead of the contest by the 9:44 mark with a free throw from Troyli to grab a 48-32 advantage. Augusta State got to within 10 on one occasion down the stretch with a pair of free throws from Doby with 5:51 left on the clock, however, LMU responded with a 5-0 run to take a 59-44 lead with 4:37 remaining. The Railsplitters went 4-5 from the charity stripe during the final two minutes to secure the 67-53 victory.
The Jaguars came into the game with the 32nd-ranked scoring offense in the country (83.0 points per game) and the Railsplitters responded by holding Augusta State to thirty points below its scoring average this season.