Railsplitters catch fire from three in 107-54 win over Hiwassee

(Photo: LMU Athletics)

HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Railsplitters matched the second-highest three-point total in program history to hammer Hiwassee in the final nonconference tune-up of the 2018-19 season on Wednesday night at Tex Turner Arena.

Eight different players buried at least one triple as Lincoln Memorial (17-6) went 21-for-43 from deep in a 107-54 demolition of the Tigers (12-15). The 21 threes tied the 2006-07 team's effort against North Greenville for the second-most threes in program history and fell nine short of tying the program record that was set last season against Mars Hill.

With starters Anthony Brown, Cameron Henry, Alex Dahling and Kamaran Calhoun getting the night off to rest some nagging injuries and illnesses, role players had the opportunity to step into the spotlight.

Courvoisier McCauley posted his first career double-double by tying a career-high mark with 23 points and securing a career-high 10 rebounds. The true freshman went 6-for-11 from three-point range. Julius Brown finished just one shy of matching his career-high mark, scoring 19 points while handing out three assists. Xavier Bledson added nine points and eight rebounds across 28 minutes of work, and Steven Perriere chipped in nine points and nine rebounds. Ricky Clark also pitched in nine points in 14 minutes of action.

The Railsplitters' lone starter that played, Cornelius Taylor, scored 17 points, handed out eight assists, grabbed five steals and nabbed six rebounds over 25 minutes.

Lincoln Memorial shot 51 percent as a team and accounted for just 16 two-point baskets. The Railsplitters assisted on 26 of their 37 made buckets overall and turned it over only six times.

The Railsplitters put the game completely out of reach in the first half, shooting 58 percent through the first 20 minutes while allowing just seven made field goals to take a 55-18 lead into the locker room.

Lincoln Memorial produced four different scoring runs of 7-0 or longer in the half.

The Tigers mostly withstood the Railsplitters early in the first half despite that, cutting the lead to 28-16 with six minutes to go. However, the Railsplitters closed out the half with a commanding 27-2 run.

Clark and Hackett sparked that run by scoring all nine points of the Railsplitters' initial spurt, while LMU buried five threes in the final 2:46 to race out to a 37-point lead at the break.

Hiwassee doubled its point total in the second half, but the Railsplitters were nearly just as good, scoring 52 second-half points while knocking down 11 threes over the final 20 minutes.

No Hiwassee player reached double figures. Bryant Bernard and Jacquon Brown led the way with nine points apiece, while Kobe Clisby chipped in seven.

Quick Hits

- The Railsplitters outrebounded Hiwassee 45-38, but struggled to keep the Tigers off the offensive glass, allowing 12 second-chance opportunities.

- Nothing much happened at the free-throw line as the Railsplitters went 12-for-14 compared to Hiwassee's 5-for-8 effort.

- Brown and Taylor led LMU in the first half with 11 points apiece, while McCauley carried the torch offensively in the second half with 15 of his 23 points.

- All nine LMU players that appeared in the game accounted for at least two made field goals.

- LMU moved to 28-2 all-time against Hiwassee and extended its winning streak in the series that dates back over 80 years.

Up Next

The Railsplitters hit the road on Saturday to face the Newberry Wolves at 4 p.m.