LMU visits Carson-Newman, seeks season sweep of the Eagles

Published 4:28 pm Tuesday, January 29, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Railsplitters will face off against rival Carson-Newman for the 209th time in program history when they invade Holt Fieldhouse on Wednesday night looking for the season sweep of the Eagles.

Lincoln Memorial (14-4, 9-2 SAC) has won four straight games and nine of its last 10 overall, while Carson-Newman (10-9, 3-8 SAC) has lost two consecutive games and five of its last seven.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Live stats and video links are available at www.lmurailsplitters.com, while fans can also follow along with in-game updates via the official LMU athletics Twitter page, @LMURailsplitter.

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Notes on Carson-Newman

– The Eagles were handed a heart-breaking loss on Saturday evening as Wingate’s Emarius Logan buried a runner with a second left to cap the Bulldogs’ 76-74 win at Holt Fieldhouse. The loss dropped Carson-Newman into a tie for eighth place in the SAC standings.

– C-N shot 46 percent overall and went 11-for-24 from three in the loss to Wingate. The Bulldogs scored 16 points off 15 Eagle turnovers and led by as many as 17 points early in the first half.

– Offense has been an issue for the Eagles all season. While C-N has posted the second-highest field goal percentage in the conference at 47.6 percent, the Eagles are averaging a league-low 57 shot attempts per game and scoring the third-fewest points per game with 78.1. The team is accounting for only 73.5 points per game against SAC foes.

– The senior trio of Grant Teichmann, Mason Bates and Malik Abraham are leading the Eagles offensively. Teichmann has produced 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, Bates has 10.7 points, 5.8 boards and 2.3 assists per contest, and Abraham has provided 9.7 points per game on 42 percent three-point shooting.

– Abraham has been the hottest scorer of late for the Eagles with at least 15 points in three of his last four appearances, including 17-point outbursts against Wingate and Newberry.

– Junior guard Reece Anderson is adding 8.6 points and 1.7 assists per game. Senior Parker Role’ has pitched in 7.2 points and 3.7 boards per game, and leads the team in shooting efficiency with a 62.8 percent clip.

– Opponents are scoring 77.4 points per game against the Eagles on 42.3 percent shooting and a 34.6 percent mark from downtown.

– Carson-Newman is 6-4 at home this season, but is trying to snap a two-game losing skid at Holt that also includes an 85-71 loss to Johnson C. Smith.

– The Eagles have struggled to maintain leads this season. They led by four in the second half and had a chance to win late against Wingate, but turned the ball over on their final possession. C-N also had halftime leads in losses to Queens, Tusculum and Johnson C. Smith, while also letting 17 and 27 points leads against Anderson and Newberry evaporate to two-possession games.

– Head coach Chuck Benson is in his ninth season leading the Eagles. Aside from an 11-16 effort in his debut in 2010-11, Carson-Newman has never won less than 15 games in a season under Benson.

Last Time Out

The Railsplitters laid waste to the Coker Cobras with an absolutely dominant performance on Saturday afternoon in Hartsville, S.C., rolling to their fourth consecutive win with a 96-67 victory.

Lincoln Memorial led by 28 points at the half and by as many as 37 in the second half, shot 50 percent from the field, including a 58 percent effort in the opening half, and saw six players hit double figures to improve to 13-0 all-time against the last-place Cobras.

Kamaran Calhoun’s run of consecutive 20-point games ended at three, but the redshirt-junior still finished with a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds on 6-for-7 shooting. Anthony Brown filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, seven boards and five assists, while Cameron Henry and Rhondi Hackett had 14 apiece.

The win was the 280th of head coach Josh Schertz’s career. The 11th-year coach is now 280-59 in his tenure with the Railsplitters.


– Lincoln Memorial remains in sole possession of second place in the SAC standings. The Railsplitters trail first-place Queens – who they host on Saturday – by two full games, and lead third-place Lenoir-Rhyne by a game and a half.

– Hackett has scored double digits in two of his last four games, highlighted by a career-high 15 points in the win at Mars Hill on January 16. The big man is shooting an absurd 71 percent from the field this season and ranks fifth in the SAC with 23 blocks despite averaging just 12.3 minutes of playing time.

– Freshman Courvoisier McCauley hit double figures for the third time in four games in Saturday’s win at Coker, scoring 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench.

– Leading scorer Cornelius Taylor returned from a three-game absence in the win at Coker, scoring nine points in 14 minutes off the bench.

– The Railsplitters have evolved and improved drastically on the offensive end as the season has progress. Since shooting 43 percent from the field through the first six games, Lincoln Memorial has shot over 48 percent over that last 12. They are averaging nearly 87 points per game and lead the league in three-pointers per game with 11.5.

– LMU continues to win with its defense, ranking first in the SAC in opponent field goal percentage with a 39.1 percent clip.

– Calhoun is averaging 21.7 points per game over his last four appearances, which would lead the South Atlantic Conference.