Trojans Fall to No. 20 Railsplitters

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ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson men’s basketball team dropped a 61-52 decision to visiting Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.   

Lincoln Memorial (18-4, 11-3 SAC) won its second straight game and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Trojans with the victory, while Anderson (15-7, 11-3 SAC) had its four-game win streak snapped. The Trojans slipped into a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with LMU and Carson-Newman, while Wingate is alone in first place.  

Junior guard Chandler Hash led the Trojans with 13 points and dished out three assists, while senior guard Denzail Jones and forward Bo Holston each added 10 points. Jones shared game-high honors with three assists, with Holston and Myson Jones each recording a team-high five rebounds. 

LMU senior forward Jake Troyli led all scorers with 16 points and pulled down a game-high six rebounds, while senior guard Wally Jones added 12 points. Junior forward Vincent Bailey chipped in 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Lincoln Memorial scored the first eight points of the contest and never trailed. The Trojans trimmed the deficit to just one on two occasions late in the first half, but were unable to overtake the Railsplitters, who claimed a 22-18 halftime lead.

LMU pushed out to its largest lead of the contest, 45-29, with less than 11 minutes remaining before the Trojans went on a 12-2 run to pull within 47-41with less than seven minutes on the clock. Hash and Myson Jones sandwiched 3-pointers around a layup by LMU’s Chance Jones, then the duo each added another trey to get AU within six.
Following a Lorenza Ross basket, Holston answered with a layup for the Trojans. Hash’s third 3-pointer of the afternoon pulled AU within 55-50 with over a minute remaining, but the Trojans were unable to overtake LMU, as the Railsplitters connected on four free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the victory.

Anderson will get back on the hardwood Wednesday at league-leading Wingate. Tip-off versus the Bulldogs is slated for 8 p.m.

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