AIKEN — After committing a turnover in the final minute of last year’s season-ending loss to Montevallo, Lincoln Memorial’s Lorenza Ross came through Saturday.
Ross hit a baseline runner with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift the second-seeded Railsplitters to an 82-80 win over No. 7 seed UNC Pembroke in the first round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
“I feel like I got the monkey off my back after last year,” said Ross, who scored a team-high 20 points.
The Railsplitters (25-5) advance to play Barton in the regional semifinals at 5 p.m. toay.
Lincoln Memorial shot 19 of 27 from the floor in the second half (70 percent). Ross shot 10 for 15 from the field for 20 points.
Shahmel Brackett made four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points to lead UNC Pembroke. George Blakeney added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
BARTON 81, MONTEVALLO 73
Gerald McNair scored a game-high 34 points to pace the Bulldogs.
Barton led by two when Gerald Boston swished a 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining to extend the lead.
Troran Brown led Montevallo with 26 points. Drico Hightower, of Augusta, posted six points and three boards.
WINGATE 65, LIMESTONE 60
The Bulldogs closed the game on a 7-0 run to advance to play host USC Aiken in the second round at 7:30 tonight. Wingate (22-8) tied the game on an Ethan Kincaid jump shot with 1:19 remaining. The Bulldogs closed with five free throws in the final 70 seconds.
The Saints (21-9) missed their final five shots, shooting 33 percent from the field in the second half.