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.

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



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.


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