November 14, 20141st2ndFinal
Berry College343670
Lipscomb464591
Stats at a GlanceBCMLIP
FG Percentage.333 (21-63) .403 (29-72)
3P FG Percentage.476 (10-21) .324 (11-34)
FT Percentage.667 (18-27) .629 (22-35)
Offensive Rebounds1321
Defensive Rebounds2735
Total Rebounds4056
Turnovers2622
Steals1114
Bench Points2830
LeadersBCMLIP
PointsNick Marder - 13
Coleman Ellingsworth - 13
Caleb Johnson - 13
WILLIAMS - 32
ReboundsLukas Korn - 9
SMITH - 9
AssistsNick Marder - 4
SMITH - 4
StealsLee McCloud - 4
WILLIAMS - 4
BlocksLukas Korn - 1
Coleman Ellingsworth - 1
Monty Wilson - 1
SMITH - 2
Williams posts 32 to lead men's hoops past Berry in opener
Friday, November 14, 2014
By Mark McGee
Williams posts 32 to lead men's hoops past Berry in opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb men’s basketball coach Casey Alexander isn’t shy about saying he is all about the results.

And while he liked the fact that his Bisons won their season opener 91-70 Friday night at Allen Arena over Division 3 Berry College, he also wasn’t shy in admitting he didn’t enjoy watching the process.

“We were incredibly sloppy,” Alexander said. “We were supposed to win, but I am not sure we made progress towards where we wanted to be.

“We made 22 turnovers. That is a lot for any game, but this is a game where we should have controlled the tempo, they controlled the pace and controlled both ends of the floor to a much better degree than we did.”

Alexander wants his players to be more concerned with playing as a team. He isn’t certain they would be able to beat many teams on their schedule based on the performance he saw.

“I just want our team to be more concerned about being solid more often,” Alexander said. “This was a game we were supposed to win and we won. But I’m not sure we made a lot of progress towards where we want to be.

“Fortunately, it is a lesson learned when we have the win in our back pocket. If this was maybe anybody else on our schedule the result would not have been in our favor. We have to look at it for what it is.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led all scorers with 32 points, hitting 9-of-15 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He was 50 percent from 3-point range hitting three-of-six.

“Josh had a real good night,” Alexander said. “He kept us going in the first half. He was 8-for-10 from the line in the first half while the rest of the team was one-for-seven.

“All night long he was good and made some timely shots. He got a lot of stuff in transition. He always shows up in the stat sheet because he has so much versatility.”

Also in double figures were senior forward Martin Smith with 14 and freshman guard Nathan Moran with 10.

Martin Smith was the leading rebounder with nine, tying for the game-high.

“We shot 3-point shots pretty good for the first 30-to-35 minutes,” Alexander said. “It seemed like we couldn’t get one to drop down the stretch. That is going to come and go,

“I thought we got good looks.  I wish our percentage was better. “

Alexander also wanted to see a higher shooting percentage from the field.

“He shot 40 percent overall and that is not going to win many basketball games either,” Alexander said. “I give Berry a lot of credit. They got after us.  They played without fear all the way to the end.

“I tried to challenge our guys virtually every time out to extend the lead or to put a run on them.  I said let’s run away with. Let’s wear them out. But Berry wouldn’t let us do it.”

Quick hits:

  • A bright spot for the Bisons was forcing Berry into 26 turnovers, 17 in the first half.

“We were active on defense,” Alexander said. “Forcing 26 turnovers was the good news.

“But we were playing a team that is not used to playing Division I games and Division I athletes. They were probably rattled early on and that contributed to the turnovers.”

  • Williams was two points short of his career high of 34 set Jan. 9, 2014 at ETSU.
  • This was the regular season opener for the Bisons but was considered an exhibition for Berry.
  • The two teams have met nine times and the Bisons have won all nine.

 

Next up:

The Bisons have little time to fine-tune with the “Battle of the Boulevard” with Belmont scheduled for 6:30 Monday night at Allen Arena. 

“Preparation is the biggest key,” Alexander said.  “Belmont is an extremely tough team to play.  They are very sound in what they do.”

The contest is set to air on ESPN3.  Limited tickets are available at http://www.LipscombTickets.com or by calling 615-966-HERD (4373).