GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 9 Lincoln Memorial was able to weather the storm on Wednesday evening, outlasting Tusculum to win a hard-fought contest 65-58.

With the win, Lincoln Memorial extended its record to 9-2 in South Atlantic Conference play and 19-2 overall. The Railsplitters are still within one game of the South Atlantic Conference lead heading into the final stretch of regular season.

Kevin Vest led the Pioneers and all-scorers with 15 points on the night. Darius Carter added 11 points off the bench for Tusculum.

No. 2 West Liberty 100, Shepherd 63
No. 4 Tarelton St. 63 Texas A&M-Kingsville 52
No. 5 Lincoln Memorial 65, Tusculum 58
No. 14 MSSU 90, Lincoln (Mo.) 54
No. 16 IUP 59, Gannon 48
No. 20 Hillsdale 64, Lake Erie 40
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With three of their top-nine scorers sitting the game out due to injury, every Railsplitter was called on to provide offense in the contest. Cam Carden led Lincoln Memorial with 14 points on 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Four other players notched double-digits in the game with Jake Troyli leading that group with 12 points off the bench.

Desmond Johnson was tremendous with an 11 point, 14 rebound performance. Wally Jones and Chance Jones each poured in 10 points to round out the balanced Railsplitter attack.

The Railsplitters limited Tusculum to 20 percent shooting from the three. LMU dominated the rebound battle, winning in that area by a margin of 40-22.

Cam Carden opened the contest by draining two consecutive threes as the Railsplitters shot out to a 15-4 lead in the opening minutes of play. LMU continued to dominate the first half of play with Chance Jones putting the Railsplitters on top 22-10 with a layup at 9:28. The next five minutes saw Lincoln Memorial pound out a 9-3 run to grab an 18-point lead, which would be their biggest lead in the game.

A 7-0 run by the Pioneers cut the Railsplitter advantage to 31-20 with 4:35 left in the half. Darius Carter hit a jumper with 28 seconds left to put Tusculum back within striking distance at 38-30. Carter hit a 3-pointer to end the half and cut the score to 40-33 in favor of the Railsplitters at the break.

LMU began the second half with a layup by Desmond Johnson followed by a three-pointer from Jake Troyli to take a 45-33 lead. With 14:48 to play, Nicholas Spinks capped an 8-0 run for the Pioneers with a jumper to make it a 45-41 game.

Tommy Klempin's three-point play with 10:17 remaining tied the game at 46-46. Klempin followed with a layup to give TC its first lead since the opening possession. Jake Troyli calmly answered with a jumper the next possession to put the Railsplitters back on top.

The Railsplitters would never trail again in the game despite facing two more ties in the ensuing minutes. Chance Jones drained a 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining to break the final tie and give LMU a 57-54 advantage. Cam Carden slammed home another three with two minutes left to put the Railsplitters on top 60-54. Jake Troyli hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to ice the game.