Men's Basketball

#24 LMU Makes Late Run to Top King, 67-60

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The 24th-ranked Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University used a late run to pull away from the Tornado of King College in the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regionals in Montevallo, Ala. The Railsplitters will now take on the host, University of Montevallo, in the semifinals of the tournament. The rivalry dates back to both schools time in the Gulf South Conference. UM now is a member of the Peach Belt Conference while LMU is a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

The win improves the Railsplitters record to 26-5 while the Tornado fall to 23-8.

LMU was led by Vincent Bailey who had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lorenza Ross added 13 points.

King was led by a one-man scoring machine, Eddie Piccinini who scored 32 points while knocking down six three-pointers and hitting 8-of-10 at the free throw line.

The Railsplitters shot 42.6 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from three-point range. They knocked down 22-of-31 from the free throw line. King hit 31.6 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three-point range. The Tornado knocked down 17-of-24 from the free throw line.

LMU out-rebounded King 42-35 and the Railsplitter bench outscored the Tornado bench 29-10.

The Railsplitters opened the game with a 7-2 run but the Tornado immediately responded with a 10-0 run powered by Piccinini who scored seven of the 10 points. The Railsplitters would not be held down as they answered with a 9-0 run of their own including an old-fashioned three-point play by Vincent. LMU would not trail the rest of the half as they held off the Tornado the rest of the way. Their largest lead was at the 1:38 mark where they led 31-22. The Tornado trimmed that lead by four-points before the half expired, 31-26.

The Railsplitters shot 34.6 percent from the field and just 10.0 percent from three-point range in the first half. They knocked down 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The Tornado hit 28.1 percent from the field and just 14.3 percent from three-point range. They made just nine trips to the free throw line while knocking down six.

The Railsplitters and Tornado traded baskets for almost the entire second half. With 2:31 to play and the Tornado up by one the Railsplitters went on a 10-1 run to take a 65-57 lead with just 20 seconds left on the clock. Brandon Armstrong and Cam Carden sparked the run with back-to-back three pointers that help LMU pull away. A late three by King cut the lead to five but it would not be enough as LMU won, 67-60.