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Men's basketball drops Cancun Challenge opener to Illinois
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Illinois (3-0)
11/17/2011 | Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL | Attendance: 13503
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Lipscomb263864
Illinois334679
Stats at a GlanceLIPILL
FG Percentage.317 (19-60) .518 (29-56)
3P FG Percentage.400 (8-20) .286 (4-14)
FT Percentage.692 (18-26) .773 (17-22)
Offensive Rebounds1310
Defensive Rebounds2033
Total Rebounds3343
Turnovers1821
Steals99
Bench Points1922
Statistical LeadersLIPILL
PointsARNETT - 17
Richardson - 17
ReboundsSMITH - 8
Bertrand - 8
AssistsWILLIAMS - 4
Maniscalco - 3
Paul - 3
StealsWILLIAMS - 2
ARNETT - 2
SMITH - 2
SMITH - 2
Maniscalco - 2
Richardson - 2
Paul - 2
BlocksSMITH - 1
Egwu - 4

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Junior Jacob Arnett scored a career-high 17 points and sophomore Robert Boyd added 16 points in the opening game of Cancun Challenge, a 79-64 loss at Illinois Thursday evening.

The young Bisons’ roster with seven freshmen struggled on offense, but displayed a strong defensive composure forcing 21 Illinois turnovers.

“I thought we did a great job defensively,” said head coach Scott Sanderson.  “Our problem was offensive execution.  We didn’t get the shots we wanted to get and Illinois had a lot to do with that because of their length and size. “

Lipscomb (1-2) shot 31.7 percent.  While Arnett and Boyd were a combined 11-of-18 from the floor, the rest of the squad was 8-of-42 (19.0 percent).

“We didn’t do a very good job offensively and didn’t get the shots we wanted,” said Sanderson. “I give Illinois credit because they are so long at every spot and they can create a lot from their defense.”

With baskets on the first three possessions of the second half, Lipscomb cut Illinois’ (3-0) lead to 36-33. The Bisons went stone cold over the next 7:12 not scoring until a 3-pointer by Boyd with 11:29 to play. Lipscomb missed ten shots and had four turnovers in the stretch.

Illinois extended its lead to 24 points, 63-39, with 7:36 to play but the Bisons did not give in.   Two free throws by freshman Malcolm Smith cut the deficit to 74-61 with 1:57 to play.

“I was proud of our guys because they kept battling and kept competing and I know they are going to do that all year long,” said Sanderson.

Smith finished with ten points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Neither team lit up the scoreboard early in the game.  At a media timeout near the ten minute mark of the first half, Illinois led 12-6. 

“I thought we did a great job defensively.  Our problem was offensive execution.  If we could hold them to 12 points every ten minutes, I like our chances.”

Lipscomb committed a season-low 18 turnovers.   Illinois collected 43 rebounds to Lipscomb’s 33.

Arnett and Boyd combined to nail eight-of-ten three-point attempts.  No other Bison connected from beyond the arc.

D.J. Richardson paced Illinois with 17 points.

The Bisons continue the Cancun Challenge at Illinois State Saturday at 4 p.m.  Steve Selby will handle the call for the Lipscomb Sports Network presented by Jackson on LipscombSports.com.