Eighth-ranked Lincoln was too much for Charleston (9-16) to handle as it crushed the Trojans, 82-40, Saturday night in Charleston.
The Railsplitters (25-2) led the Trojans 19-15 at the end of the first quarter, and then outscored Charleston 31-5 in the second quarter to take a 50-20 lead at the half.
By then, the game was over.
“They got hot,” Charleston coach Brad Oakley said. “They got five guys that can handle the ball and shoot it.”
One of those hot shooters was guard Kaden Froebe, who scored a game-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers in the first half.
“You have to tip your hat to him,” Oakley said. “There were times we played good defense on him, I thought we challenged some of his shots and he still hit them.”
Lincoln had as many 3-pointers as they did 2-pointers at 15 apiece.
The Railsplitters deployed a zone defense and applied a near full-court press, but Oakley was happy with how his team reacted to it.
“We didn’t have many turnovers in the press,” Oakley said. “We were able to get the ball down the floor.”
After their blowout loss to Effingham Tuesday night, Oakley wanted to see more fight from his team despite the team’s recent skid.
“We did a better job tonight,” Oakley said. “I thought the entire game we played a lot harder and were more of a team.”
Cade Landrus was the only Trojan in double figures, scoring 19 points with five 3-pointers.
With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, and with some matchups Oakley says are winnable, the Trojans are looking to correct their mistakes to end their losing streak.
“We want to finish strong and do things the right way.” Oakley said. “If we come and play and are focused, I think it’s four games we can win.”
CHARLESTON: Landrus 5 4-5 19, Braun 2 0-0 5, Burgess 2 0-0 5, Hurst 1 0-0 3, Applegate 1 0-0 3, Bickford 1 1-3 3, Pankey 0 2-2 4. Totals 12 7-10. 3-pointers – Landrus 5, Braun 1, Burgess 1, Hurst 1, Applegate 1.