Lincoln Memorial downs King
Railsplitters sink two late 3-pointers to advance to second round
MONTEVALLO, Ala. -- In a game that saw nine ties in the second half alone, No. 4 Lincoln Memorial pulled away late to advance past No. 5 King 67-60, and move into the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Railsplitters defeated King for the third time this season and will matchup with host, Montevallo on Sunday. The Tornado complete their season at 23-7. The Railsplitters jump to 25-5 on the season.
The Railsplitters trailed 56-55 with 2:31 left in the contest before Brandon Armstrong gave LMU the lead for good with a clutch 3-pointer as the contest neared the two-minute mark. Cam Carden made it a two possession game with 1:08 left in the affair as he drained a deep trey to push the score to 61-57 in the Railsplitters' corner. LMU went 6-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the game out of reach and advance past the Tornado 67-60.
Vincent Bailey led the Railsplitters, who shot 43 percent from the field while limiting King to only 32 percent, with 15 points, aquired mostly at the free-throw line where he went 9-11. Bailey added 12 rebounds to cap a strong performance for the Railsplitters in their biggest game of the season. Lorenza Ross came off the bench to pour in 13 points on 4-8 shooting while dishing out a couple of assists. Cam Carden added nine points on three 3-pointers, two of which came in the closing minutes of play.
The Tornado were led by Eddie Piccinini who put in a brilliant 32 point performance to lead an offensive attack that struggled mightily in the contest. Brandon Goss added nine points as the second leading scorer for King College on the night.
The Railsplitters won a close battle on the boards by a margin of 42-35. The Tornado won the battle in the paint as they outscored LMU 18-10 in that area. The difference came from the bench as the Railsplitters received 29 points to King's 10.