#4 Railsplitters scorch Mars Hill 156 (yes, 156) to 69!

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The No. 4 Railsplitters (9-0, 3-0 SAC) turned in a performance for the ages on Monday night at Tex Turner Arena, shattering the South Atlantic Conference record for scoring and three-pointers made in a 156-69 disintegration of the Mars Hill Lions (2-7, 0-3 SAC).

No strangers to prolific offensive performances, Lincoln Memorial outdid itself in the 87-point victory. The Railsplitters’ 156 points broke their own SAC scoring record of 143 set against Hiwassee during the 2009-10 season. The landslide win was carried by an unfathomable 30-for-43 effort from three-point range, which obliterated the previous conference record of 21 that was last accomplished by LMU in 2007.

In addition to all of that, the Railsplitters broke the program record for field-goal percentage by shooting 73.4 percent, recorded the most points in a half in program history with 86 in the second half and notched the highest point total in a first half in program history by piling up 70 points through the first 20 minutes.

The 87-point margin of victory was the largest spread between two SAC teams in league history.

“There’s really not much you can say. We played otherworldly. We could probably not have played any better,” LMU head coach Josh Schertz said after the team’s 17th straight win over Mars Hill. “I thought we tried everything we could to be respectful of the game while having our guys play hard. We didn’t want our guys not to compete. That being said, it was a night where we couldn’t miss and they didn’t play nearly as well as they are capable of.

“It was one of those nights where everything went perfect for us and everything probably went as bad as it could for them.”

The Railsplitters’ record-breaking night was highlighted by Trevon Shaw’s record-breaking performance, as the senior guard buried a program-record 11 three-pointers on 13 attempts to score a career-high 35 points. Shaw, who tied the record with 10 threes against King on November 11, has now hit 51 three-pointers through just nine games this season on a 53 percent clip.

“He’s shooting the ball with such confidence,” Schertz said. “He’s hunting his shot inside of what we are doing. He’s not forcing it and that’s why he’s being so efficient. And he’s surrounded by guys that are playmakers and that helps him. He’s shooting the ball at a level that we probably haven’t seen here.”

Shaw was one of eight players to reach double figures for the Railsplitters. Deshawn Patterson scored 18 points and added six assists in 17 minutes off the bench, while Cornelius Taylor scored 19 points and dished out seven assists over just 28 minutes. Josh Odem recorded a double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Alex Dahling lifted LMU off the bench with a career-high 17 points in just 14 minutes of work. Romeao Ferguson chipped in a career-high 14 points while Steven Perriere also produced a new career-high mark with 12 points and eight boards. Dorian Pinson posted 12 points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of work.

Seven players hit at least two three-pointers in the game for the Railsplitters, who finished with a season-high 36 assists on 58 made field goals. That was just one shy of matching the SAC record of 37, which was set by LMU in that game against Hiwassee in 2009.

“I don’t know how you quantify it. In 20 years, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Schertz said. “The efficiency to shoot 70 percent from three on that volume of attempts is ridiculous. In 20 years doing this I’ve never seen anything approximating that.

“From our end, I’m really proud of our guys, how they played for 40 minutes, how they shared the ball and how they played for one another.”

Lincoln Memorial nearly made as many baskets as Mars Hill attempted. The Lions finished 20-for-65 from the field in the contest and 8-for-23 from three. Austin Gilyard led the way for the Lions with 23 points, while no other Mars Hill player had more than nine points.

Quick Hits

– The Railsplitters shot over 70 percent in a game for the first time in program history. Lincoln Memorial’s 73.4 percent clip was just short of the SAC record (74.5) set by Catawba in February 2007.

– Lincoln Memorial has now combined for 54 three-pointers in its last three games. The Railsplitters hit 16 against Catawba and 18 against Bluefield College in the two games leading up to Monday’s performance.

– The Railsplitters went 16-for-21 from three-point territory in the second half alone.

– LMU outrebounded Mars Hill 50-22 and accumulated a 54-14 advantage with points in the paint. In addition to that, the Railsplitters’ bench piled up 76 points.

– The Railsplitters topped Mars Hill for the 17th straight time. It marked the 13th consecutive win by at least 22 points.

Up Next

The Railsplitters make a quick turnaround to host Wingate for a SAC matchup on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

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