|November 17, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.579 (33-57)||.333 (23-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.485 (16-33)||.273 (9-33)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (5-7)||.700 (7-10)|
- 22||Josh Williams
- 9||Talbott Denny
- 8||Nathan Moran
Jc Hampton - 3
- 4||Nathan Moran
Brett Wishon - 2
- 2||Jc Hampton
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An early 3-point basket from Lipscomb senior forward Martin Smith gave the veteran wing man his 1,000th career point but that would be virtually the only highlight of the night for the Bison basketball team in an 87-62 loss to rival Belmont on Monday night at Allen Arena.
Martin Smith’s trey just 3:11 into the game moved him into elite territory in Lipscomb history becoming the 44th Bison to join the exclusive club. That cut the Bruins early lead to 10-5 and that is as close as the Bisons would come the rest of the way as Belmont would go on a 9-0 run and take firm hold of the game.
“We had a couple of chances where we made it interesting in the first half but Belmont always had an answer,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “The reason they did is that they prepared better and executed better.
“Starting with me and all the way down the list, Belmont was better at every spot tonight.”
The Bruins launched an aerial assault in the contest connecting on 16 treys that helped thwart any attempted comeback by the Purple and Gold. For the game, Belmont shot 57.9 percent and held Lipscomb to only 33 percent shooting from the floor and 27 percent beyond the arc.
“I learned tonight that we have a long way to go,” said Alexander. “The message that I tried to give the team is that we’re going to get more of the same until we can implement change and take ownership of change.
“Our guys play hard and I trust that we are going to get a good effort but that’s not nearly enough against good teams. We made so many mistakes on both ends of the floor. That’s frustrating and it’s my job to clean that up.”
The Bisons saw three players reach double-figures, led by the reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, sophomore guard Josh Williams, who led the team with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Martin Smith finished with a 12-point night, while sophomore forward Brett Wishon added 11 for his first career double-digit game.
- Junior forward Talbott Denny finished the night with nine rebounds including four offensive boards to tie for the lead in the game. Belmont won the overall battle of the boards 41-32.
- Lipscomb won the turnover battle forcing the Bruins into 20 miscues but was only able to score seven points off the blunders. Belmont on the other hand scored 18 points off the Bisons 13 turnovers.
- The two teams combined for a mere 25 fouls in the contest with Lipscomb having only 11 whistles.
Up next: The Bisons make the short trek to Vanderbilt on Thursday night to take on the Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium at 8 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on the FSN network as well as on 94.9 Game 2 with Jonathan Seamon on the call.