No. 24 Trojans Upset Eighth-Ranked LMU; Clinch Regular-Season SAC ChampionshipFebruary 19, 2012
Stephen Cobb Joins Andersonís 1,000-Point Club
HARROGATE, Tenn. – Anderson junior guard Denzail Jones drained a 3-pointer with 22 seconds on the clock to give Anderson the lead and senior guard Jo’el Lamb blocked the Railsplitters’ Brandon Amrstrong’s last shot with three seconds remaining, as the No. 24 ranked Anderson men’s basketball team rallied from a late deficit to upset eighth-ranked Lincoln Memorial, 62-61, in dramatic fashion Saturday night at Tex Turner Arena.
In a battle befitting two nationally-ranked teams, the game featured 10 ties and 17 lead changes, including five in the final five minutes and neither squad was able to build more than a seven-point lead throughout the contest.
With its sixth straight victory, Anderson (20-4, 15-1 SAC) earned its third consecutive 20-win season and has now won four straight past the Railsplitters. Lincoln Memorial (23-2, 13-2) had its six-game win streak snapped and suffered just its second home setback of the year.
Lincoln Memorial’s CJ Wakely connected on two free throws with just 41 second left to give the Railsplitters a 61-57 lead, but senior guard Nick Trull countered with two of his own from the line nine seconds later and Lamb stole the ball with 27 seconds left to set up Jones’ game-winning trey.
Trull finished with a team-high 19 points, including 13 in the second half and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, while Jones added 15 points. Sophomore guard Chandler Hash netted 12 points and with his first-half basket, senior forward Stephen Cobb notched his 1,001st career point in the Black and Gold, becoming just the ninth player to reach the milestone. Lamb recorded four assists and a career-high six blocked shots.
LMU’s Desmond Johnson lead al scorers with 22 points and recorded a game-high 22 rebounds. CJ Wakely added 13 points and Vincent Bailey notched 10.
Anderson opens its final two-game homestand of the regular season when Wingate invades the Abney Athletic Center on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tip-off.