Pinson joins 1,000 point club as #6 LMU hammers Coker 120-74

Dorian Pinson

HARROGATE, Tenn. – Emanuel Terry scored a career-high 27 points and Dorian Pinson became the 28th member of the 1,000-point club as the No. 6 Railsplitters (14-1, 8-0 SAC) bludgeoned the Coker Cobras (7-8, 4-3 SAC) 120-74 to win their 22nd straight South Atlantic Conference contest on Saturday evening at Tex Turner Arena.

Powered by Terry and Pinson, Lincoln Memorial shot 63 percent from the field, converted 25 Coker turnovers into 36 points and matched the second-longest SAC winning streak in league history. The Railsplitters also improved to 9-0 in the all-time series against the Cobras, who suffered its fourth straight loss by at least 37 points against Lincoln Memorial.

“I was really proud of our team,” LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. “I thought every guy that played came out and competed hard. Other than one lull in the second half, we really competed hard and played really smart basketball for 40 minutes.

“Coker is a hard game because of the pace and how frenetic it can be. We wanted to play with pace and discipline, and that’s a hard paradox to manage. I thought we did a good job of walking that line. Overall, I’m really proud of our basketball team. Everybody came in, competed hard and played smart basketball.”

Terry led the charge for the Railsplitters, resetting his career-high for points with 27 on 12-of-14 shooting. The 6-9 senior also added a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocks. Terry scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, when he went a near perfect 8-of-9 from the field.

“He was great. I thought the guys did a really nice job of finding him against their pressure and traps,” Schertz said of Terry’s performance. “He was great on the glass, battling in there and competing. He’s one of the best big men in the country and he certainly played like it today.”

In addition to Terry’s monster game, Pinson racked up 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with six steals, five assists and five rebounds. On his bucket with 16:15 remaining in the first half, Pinson crossed the 1,000-point threshold to become just the ninth player in program history with over 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds. The senior out of Greenville, S.C. is also ninth all-time with 349 career assists.

“It’s something that’s hard to do in your career,” Schertz said of the 1,000-point achievement. “Dorian is one of those guys that is just a joy to coach. The crazy thing is that he scored 1,000 points and scoring is well down the list of his attributes that he brings to the table. That’s how good a player he is. That kind of sums it up and speaks volumes about the kind of impact he has on winning games.”

Trevon Shaw pitched in 19 points and four rebounds, Cornelius Taylor had 15 points with three three-pointers and five assists, and Josh Odem scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. All told, Lincoln Memorial’s starting five accounted for 93 of the team’s 120 points.

After a slow start where the Railsplitters found themselves leading just 11-10, Lincoln Memorial went on a 14-2 run to extend the lead to 25-12 with 11:58 left in the half. During that run, the Railsplitters didn’t miss a single shot and eventually piled up 13 consecutive makes to drive the lead to 40-21 on a three-pointer from Odem with 7:25 left in the frame.

When it was all said and done, Lincoln Memorial shot 58 percent in the first half to carry a commanding 55-30 lead into the locker room.

The Cobras whittled the deficit down to as little as 18 points in the second half, but a three-pointer from Shaw and a dunk from Terry extended it back to 23 with 10:54 left in regulation. The lead hovered in that range until the Railsplitters went on a 15-0 run to push the score to 100-61 with five and a half minutes to go.

The second unit was able to extend the lead to as many as 47 points late before capping off the 120-74 victory.

Khalil Halls led Coker with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while Donte Samuels had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jake Barrett also scored 16 points to go along with four assists.

The Cobras shot 47.5 percent from the field and went 9-of-20 from three-point range, but the 25 turnovers offset an otherwise solid offensive performance.

Quick Hits

– With their 22nd straight SAC win, the Railsplitters now claim the three longest league winning streaks in conference history. It matches the second-longest winning streak of its kind in SAC history and is seven away from tying the all-time conference record.

– The Railsplitters also improved to 38-1 at Tex Turner Arena since the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

– Lincoln Memorial led for over 37 minutes, outrebounded the Cobras 37-29 and outscored the visitors 66-32 in the paint.

Up Next

The Railsplitters take the week off before heading to Charlotte, N.C. to face the No. 2 nationally ranked Queens Royals in a rematch of last season’s Sweet 16 showdown on Saturday, January 13. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

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