Lincoln Memorial outscored UVA Wise 27-13 in the fourth quarter to take a key 65-59 win at the Prior Convocation Center.
LMU (9-12, 8-9) moved into a tie for seventh with Wingate (14-10, 8-9), which upended SAC leader Anderson 59-56 Wednesday.
UVA Wise (10-13, 6-11) remained in the ninth position in the conference standings, a game behind Lenoir-Rhyne (9-14, 7-10) with five conference games left in the regular season.
LOSING THE LEAD
The Cavaliers led for the first three quarters and took a 46-38 advantage into the final period.
An 11-2 run by LMU put the Railsplitters up 49-48 with 6:30 to play.
The lead was the first of the game for LMU, but it was short-lived.
UVA Wise regained the lead 50-49 with 6:15 left on a basket from Nia Vanzant.
After a scoreless two minutes, LMU’s Lauren Flowers hit two free throws to put the Railsplitters up 51-50.
LMU kept the lead the rest of the way, outscoring Virginia-Wise 14-9 down the stretch.
“In the second half, we came out and I thought we took a few selfish shots,” said UVA Wise coach Jamie Cluesman. “All in all, they had a little bit more heart than we did. They came up with the 50-50 balls and killed us on the rebounds. It’s tough when you get out-rebounded and then you send a team to the line 35 times.”
LMU connected on 26 of 35 free throws, 15 of 20 in the fourth, and out-rebounded the Cavs 50-38.
“We just weren’t very disciplined in the second half on the defensive end,” said Cluesman.
Lindsay Proffitt pulled down nine rebounds for the Railsplitters, while Addi Kilpatrick had eight.
Flowers led the attack for LMU with 19 points, while Lexi Kiser finished with 12 points and six assists and Maggie Jachimzcuk added 11.
UVA Wise’s Kalee Johnson (Happy Valley) recorded the first double-double of her collegiate career. The redshirt junior finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Caitlyn Ross added 17 points and seven rebounds, while Vanzant scored 10 points for the Cavaliers.
RAILSPLITTERS FINISH STRONG
In the men’s game, UVA Wise gave No. 2-ranked LMU a solid challenge in the first half, but the visitors pulled away in the second half to take a 94-76 win.
The Railsplitters (24-1, 17-0) led 38-34 at halftime.
The second half was a different story, with the Railsplitters outscoring the Cavaliers 56-42.
The victory gave LMU 24 straight wins, the longest men’s basketball winning streak in school and SAC history.
The victory also clinched the SAC regular-season championship for LMU, the eighth in the last 10 years. That ties Catawba for the most SAC regular-season men’s basketball regular-season titles.
The Railsplitters had five players who scored in double figures.
Devin Whitfield finished with 21 points, while Anthony Brown had 19. Julius Brown added 17, Cameron Henry scored 12 and Kamaran Calhoun had 10.
Cameron Whiteside led UVA Wise with 31 points and nine rebounds, while Eric Okenchi added 20.
Both the UVA Wise men and women are on the road Saturday at Queens of Charlotte in SAC action, while LMU hosts Newberry.