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Murray St. (4-5)
12/7/2013 | Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center) | Attendance: 2336
Saturday, December 07, 2013
MURRAY, Ky. – Despite a 15-point effort in the second half by junior forward Martin Smith, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought 73-69 nonconference contest to Murray State at the CFSB Center in Murray.
“I was really proud of our effort,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We battled hard. We didn’t particularly well for 40 minutes but the effort gave us a chance to win. The effort brought us back from double digit deficits in both halves.
“Our guys played together and that will pay off in the long run even though today it didn’t.”
Despite shooting only 21.4 percent (3-for-14) from beyond the arc in the first half, the Bisons (4-5) kept the game close in the first 20 minutes trailing 33-28 at the half. Lipscomb would not fare much better in the second half hitting only 3-of-11 to finish the game at 24 percent shooting from deep.
Along with Martin Smith’s game-high 18, the Bisons finished with four scorers in double figures.
“We all know that those are the numbers that we need from Martin,” said Alexander. “He came out aggressive in the first half and got some good looks. He just didn’t shoot it well but he responded nicely in the second half and kept us in the game. “
Redshirt freshman guard J.C. Hampton added 11 while redshirt junior Carter Sanderson and freshman Josh Williams both scored 10 off the bench for the Purple and Gold.
The Racers (4-5) turned 13 Lipscomb turnovers into 20 points and got 14 second-chance points behind 15 offensive rebounds. Murray State’s size advantage led to a 41-36 lead in rebounds overall for the contest. MSU also narrowly won the shooting battle 41.8 percent to 41.2 percent.
“I thought we had some sloppy turnovers,” said Alexander. “They’re really not a transition team and they want to get down the floor. It’s not their intention to get out in the lanes and run but we gave them the chance to do that with turnovers in the first half.”
The Bisons won the free-throw shooting battle in the contest 70 percent to 59.5 percent as Lipscomb went 21-of-30 from the charity stripe.
“Everybody that pulls for the Bisons wants to be better than 4-5,” said Alexander. “The five games that we have lost have been against good teams in tough circumstances. We had a good chance to win three of those. You just have to establish the culture of who you want to be and that’s a team that’s going to give you achance to win by playing 40 minutes.“
After a quick break in the schedule for exams, the Bisons return to action at Southeastern Conference foe Georgia on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be carried live on 94.9 Game 2.
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