Limestone Falls to Lincoln Memorial in 2nd Round of NCAA DII Tournament, 70-64

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Limestone SID) – The Limestone College men’s basketball team fell to No. 15 Lincoln Memorial University by a final score of 70-64 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening at the Levine Center.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: Limestone 64, Lincoln Memorial 70
Records: Limestone (27-6), LMU (28-5)
Location: The Levine Center

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

  • Redshirt-senior guard Shaq Dance (Garner, N.C.) led the Saints with 26 points, eight boards, three assists and one block.
  • Redshirt-senior Shaun Stewart (Indian Trail, N.C.) added 16 points.
  • Junior forward Macoumba Kane (Dakar, Senegal) also recorded double-digit points with 10.
  • Limestone shot 37.5 percent from the field (24-of-64) and 52.6 percent from the free-throw line (10-of-19).

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half
Limestone put the first two points on the board to take the early 2-0 lead over the Railsplitters. The Saints kept the slim lead until Lincoln Memorial put back-to-back buckets together to take a 6-5 lead at the 16:18 minute mark. Limestone regained the lead on its next possession and kept ahead of LMU until a 5-0 run from the Railsplitters put Lincoln Memorial ahead, 18-14.

The Blue and Gold used the next couple of minutes to score eight consecutive points to go back out ahead 22-18 with 7:25 left in the first period. Lincoln Memorial started chipping away at the Limestone lead and outscored the Saints 8-3 to take a 26-25 lead at the 4:22 minute mark. In the final minutes of the half, both teams scored eight points to give Lincoln Memorial the 34-33 advantage headed into the break.

Second Half
Both teams struggled to find the basket as the first three and a half minutes saw no score before both teams traded layups to keep the Saints within one point, 36-35 at the 16:12 minute mark. Limestone and Lincoln Memorial traded triples before the Saints found some breathing room with 10 straight points to take a 48-39 lead at the 13:00 minute mark.

LMU stopped the Limestone momentum with back-to-back three-pointers to cut the Limestone lead to 48-45 at the 11:58 minute mark. After a short lag in the action, LMU regained the lead for a short time before a 9-0 run from the Blue and Gold gave Limestone the 57-49 advantage at the 7:04 minute mark. The Railsplitters kept chipping away at the Limestone lead and tied the game at 62-all with 2:09 left in regulation. In the final minutes of play, Lincoln Memorial outscored Limestone 8-2 to come-from-behind to take the game, 70-64.

NOTABLES

  • Today’s game was the first time the Saints have ever played in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Seniors Stewart, Dance, guard Teron Wallace (Leesburg, Fla.) and forward Justin Hollimon (Decatur, Ga.) appeared in their last game as a Saint.

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