2017-03-13 / Sports

Limestone's Historic Season Comes to a Close in NCAA Second Round

Limestone men’s basketball earns first NCAA win in program history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Limestone College men's basketball team lost to Lincoln Memorial 70-64 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.

Limestone had kept its historical season alive Saturday by defeating UNC Pembroke 100-85 for the first NCAA tournament win in program history to advance to the Southeast Regional.

Senior guards Shaun Stewart and Shaq Dance combined for 68 points as Limestone shot 57.1 percent from the field. Stewart led the Saints with 37 points with three rebounds, four assists and one steal. Dance added 31 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal. Sophomore guard Kenny Hairston scored 19 points while playing in his hometown.

Limestone went on a 10-0 run early in the first quarter to take a 17-7 lead over UNC Pembroke with 15:35 left in the first half. The Braves worked their way to within 22-15 before the Saints scored four points for another double digit lead.

UNC Pembroke steadily worked their way back into the game and took a 40-39 lead with 1:15 left on the clock. Limestone scored one more bucket before time expired for a 41-40 halftime lead.

The Braves scored the first five points to take a 45-41 lead less than a minute into the second half. The Saints kept chipping away at UNC Pembroke’s lead and a 3- pointer by Hairston put the Saints ahead 49-48 at the 17:39 minute mark.

Limestone used a 10-4 run to make some space, 59-52, with 14:45 left in regulation. The Saints kept adding points and spent the next couple of minutes outscoring the Braves 10-4 to lead 69-56 at the under-12 media timeout. Limestone put the game on cruise control as the Saints never relinquished the lead.

In Sunday's game, Limestone scored 10 straight points to take a 48-39 lead over Lincoln Memorial with 13 minutes left in the second half. Lincoln stopped the Limestone momentum with back-to-back three pointers to cut the Saints lead to 48-45 a minute later.

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 a 59-47 advantage at the 7:04 minute mark. The Railsplitters kept chipping away at the Limestone lead and tied the game at 62 with 2:09 left in the contest.
Lincoln Memorial outscored Limestone 8-2 in the final minutes of play to win the game.

Limestone shot 37.5 percent from the field and hit just 52.6 percent from the free throw line.

Dance led Limestone with 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block. Stewart added 16 points while junior forward Macoumba Kane scored 10 points. 

Limestone finishes with a 27-6 overall record this season. 

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