No. 13 Lincoln Memorial Ends Lenoir-Rhyne's Season In Men's Basketball, 65-47
February 26, 2011
Bears finished the year with a 4-22 mark
|Sophomore guard Alex Watkins led the Bears with 15 points in Lenoir-Rhyne's 65-47 loss to No. 13 Lincoln Memorial Saturday on the road in Harrogate Tenn.|
Harrogate, Tenn. - The Lincoln Memorial University Men's Basketball Team (24-2, 16-2) ended Lenoir-Rhyne University's (4-22, 3-15) 2010-11 season with a 65-47 victory Saturday evening in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Tex Turner Arena.
The Railsplitters, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II this week, were led by Desmond Johnson (Lynch, Ky.) and D'Mario Curry (Detroit, Mich.). Johnson tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs, while Curry added 15 points as Lincoln Memorial finished with four players in double figures in sweeping the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.
L-R sophomore guard Alex Watkins (Charlotte, N.C.) totaled a team-high 15 points while junior forward Jeff Thomas (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and junior guard Kevin Davis (Charlotte, N.C.) each scored 11 for the Bears in the loss.
The Railsplitters took control with a 14-2 run midway through the first half capped off with a lay-up by Cam Carden (Clearwater, Fla.) for a 24-13 lead with 6:19 left before break. Carden finished with 11 points to go along with three treys.
Lincoln Memorial never let its lead get under nine points the rest of the way and would eventually increase the margin to as many as 22 points (53-31) with just over 10 minutes remaining in the contest.
L-R would cut the margin in half at 55-44 on a pair of free throws by Watkins with 5:59 left but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Lincoln Memorial, the 2010-11 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions, will be the top seed in next week's league tournament which begins on Wednesday. The pairings will be announced on Sunday by the conference office.