Philip Harris, Staff Writer
The Wingate Men’s Basketball team (12-12, 9-7 SAC) was unable to keep up with the high-powered #1 team in the country, falling to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (23-1, 17-0 SAC) 93-65 on Saturday afternoon.
Wingate started the game off hot, jumping out to a 13-10 lead early in the first half of the game. LMU, however, scored the next eight points to take an 18-13 lead on a Dorian Pinson layup with 9:16 left in the half. The Bulldogs were able to pull within three on a Marco Haskin’s three-point play, but the Railspittters went on to score 19 out of the next 21 points and the visitors led 49-29 at halftime.
“We got away from the game plan for a brief moment, but that is all it takes against them,” said coach Brian Good when asked about the first half.
The second half didn’t get any better for the Bulldogs with the Railsplitters going on a 21-5 run pushing the lead to a game-high of 34 points. Jeremy Williams scored 8 straight points for Wingate to chop the lead down to 26. The closest the Bulldogs got the rest of the way was 22 points.
Trevon Shaw led the Railsplitters with 24 points while shooting eight-of-12 from three-point range. Emanuel Terry also had 22 points and 11 rebounds going eight-for-11 from the field.
Freshman guard Kendrick Tucker had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs offense, and also added three steals and two rebounds. Junior guard Marco Haskins also had 14 points along with five rebounds.
Wingate will look to rebound on Wednesday when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne (10-13, 8-9 SAC) for an 8pm tip off.
Edited by Brendan Shriver