The Railsplitter men had their eyes on another prize after already securing a regular season title. Standing in their way on Saturday was another rival, Tusculum.
The contest began with LMU taking an early lead behind the fast start and three-point shooting of Wally Jones. D'Mario Curry went 5-5 from the floor and had scored a total of 15 at the half by adding five more from the free throw stripe. Darrell Garrett and Desmond Johnson added 4-points each to the first half total. Sheldon Oliver also helped LMU's first half effort by knocking down a free throw.
LMU was assisted in scoring by two points via a Tusculum tip in the wrong basket to finish with 32 first half points. Tusculum finished the opening half with 25-points.
In the second half Tusculum came out of the locker room focused and actually took control of the game on the floor and on the scoreboard. LMU was down by 4-points and needed someone to step up and make a play. The Splitters were sparked by Darrell Garrett and D'Mario Curry's play and were able to withstand a great Tusculum second half effort to grab the win at 62-56.
Curry led the Splitters with 24-points and 9-rebounds. Garrett finished with 11-points and Brandon Armstrong also scored in double figures with ten. With the win LMU moved into the Championship game on Sunday evening against Wingate.
After a season of hopes and dreams of championship gold the Lincoln Memorial University men's Railsplitter basketball team took to the court for one more SAC game, the Food Lion Championship game, on Sunday.
LMU had swept the Bulldogs in two previous meetings and were needing just one more win to wrap up the tournament championship in addition to the SAC regular season title already in their possession. Wally Jones just as in the previous game got LMU off on a good note by scoring early in this one. Desmond Johnson and D'Mario Curry were double-trouble for the Bulldogs as they scored 18-points between them in the opening half. Darrell Garrett came off the bench and added seven points to LMU's total with Brandon Armstrong, Carlos Sanford and Tony Martin helping push LMU out to a 14-point halftime advantage at 36-22. Armstrong had six big rebounds and Johnson added seven as LMU had 6-second chance points.
Wingate was a well-coached team and came out of the break ready to play and gave the Splitters all they wanted. They just could not stop Johnson, Garrett and Curry as they scored a combined 51-points on the night in route to a 68-58 win.
Desmond Johnson led the Splitters in scoring and rebounds with 24 and 10 respectively. The Railsplitters cut the net down again and started looking at the NCAA Division II tournament in which they received the SAC's automatic bid. The #2 seeded Splitters will face seventh seeded Anderson at Augusta State next weekend.