Railsplitters jump on Wolves early in 115-84 romp

HARROGATE, Tenn. - Alex Dahling scored a career-high 24 points and sparked a 17-2 opening run with three of his career-high eight three-pointers as the Railsplitters whipped the Newberry Wolves 115-84 on Saturday evening at Tex Turner Arena.

For the second consecutive game, Lincoln Memorial (10-3, 5-1 SAC) set a new season-high scoring mark while crossing the 100-point threshold for the fourth time in 2018-19. The Railsplitters also extended their regular-season home winning streak to an impressive 29 games.

Newberry (4-6, 1-3 SAC), meanwhile, saw its three-game winning streak snapped in their first game since December 11. The Wolves also suffered its fourth straight loss to the Railsplitters dating back to February 2017.

Dahling was one of three players to surpass 20 points in the Railsplitters' highest scoring output since December 2017, as the sophomore caught fire from three-point range in a spectacular 8-for-11 effort to account for all of his career-high 24 points.

Cornelius Taylor added 23 points while dishing out a career-high 13 assists - tied for the second most in program history. Anthony Brown chipped in a season-high 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with a game-high 10 rebounds and five assists. Kamaran Calhoun hit double figures as well with 14 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of work.

It was an impressive and complete offensive display for the Railsplitters, who shot 56 percent from the field, canned 16 three-pointers and went 19-for-20 at the free-throw line. Lincoln Memorial also turned the ball over just 10 times against a Newberry defense that entered the game ranked 22nd in the nation with 18 forced turnovers per contest.

On the other side of the court, Lincoln Memorial held Newberry to 32 percent shooting and an unremarkable 13-for-38 clip from three-point range. The Wolves missed their first eight shot attempts in the game and 28 of their first 36 overall.

Omari Wilson led Newberry with 19 points on a 4-for-14 shooting night, while Angelo Sales Jr. and Jamaal Satisfield had 13 points apiece. TJ Brown finished in double figures as well with 11 points.

The Railsplitters' offensive efforts were bolstered by 43 fast-break points as well as 46 points in the paint. By contrast, Newberry accumulated just 17 fast-break points.

Lincoln Memorial couldn't have possibly envisioned a much better start as Dahling hit three-pointers on back-to-back-to-back possessions to push the home team out to a commanding 17-2 lead by the 15:52 mark of the opening half.

Just over three minutes later, an old-fashioned three-pointer play by Calhoun kicked off an 8-0 run that extended the Railsplitters' lead to 27-7 with 12:38 left in the half.

Lincoln Memorial's lead grew to as many as 22 over the next passage of play, but threes from Wilson and Satisfield briefly shrunk that down to 16 by the 7:36 mark.

But the Railsplitters didn't allow the Wolves to gain any momentum, though, as Dahling drilled back-to-back threes with five minutes left in the half to catapult the lead to 46-21.

Lincoln Memorial's first-half cushion was as large as 26, but a bucket by Sales Jr. on Newberry's final possession cut the halftime margin to 58-34. That was one of only 10 first-half field goals for the Wolves, who shot 26 percent in the frame.

The Railsplitters kept their foot on the gas in the second half, too, as Taylor and Dahling banged in back-to-back threes early to push the lead to 76-45.

The lead never dipped below 26 points from that moment on, as the Railsplitters shot a sizzling 61 percent in the second half, including an 8-for-17 mark from three.

Quick Hits

- Brown has now scored 20 points or more in back-to-back games after going the first 11 games of the season without hitting that mark.

- The Railsplitters' Tex Turner Arena scoring average jumped to 98.4 following Saturday's win.

- Dahling's eight three-pointers are tied for the 11th-most in program history. That surpassed his previous career-high of seven that came against Hiwassee in February of last season.

- All 13 players that appeared in Saturday's game scored at least one point while five hit at least one three-pointer.

Up Next

The Railsplitters will hit the road on Saturday, January 12 to face the Catawba Indians for a pivotal South Atlantic Conference test. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

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