|November 20, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||VU|
|FG Percentage||.333 (19-57)||.458 (27-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (7-28)||.467 (7-15)|
|FT Percentage||.654 (17-26)||.611 (11-18)|
Smith - 6
- 2||BALDWIN IV
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After falling behind early, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team fought its way to a one-possession game with 10 minutes to play but couldn’t keep pace with the hot-shooting Commodores of Vanderbilt down the stretch in a 72-62 loss inside Memorial Gymnasium Thursday night.
“I told our guys after the game that losing is never okay but we encountered a big deficit on the road in the SEC and we fought back more than once to give ourselves a chance,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “You don't want to build confidence after a loss, but I told our guys we were a significantly better team despite the loss than the one that started the game.
“We grew up a lot and we came together a little bit. We fought back and closed the margin significantly two different times so we do need to carry that over to next game. It counts for nothing walking down tomorrow if we don't come with the same mentality. We can use it to make us better.”
The Bisons (1-2) struggled from the floor out of the gate and trailed 40-25 at the break before finding their stroke early in the second half.
After opening the second half on a 13-4 run Martin Smith drained a 3-pointer at the 16-minute mark to bring Lipscomb to within six, 44-38.
With just 10 minutes to play and trailing 52-49 the Bisons went ice cold from the floor, missing on their next eight field goal attempts. Vanderbilt (2-0) took advantage of the Lipscomb misses by connecting on seven of its final 10 shots to put the game out of reach late.
"I thought our efforts were good on both halves,” said Alexander. “In the first half we couldn't get baskets to fall. The deficits were tough on our guys after such a poor performance against Belmont on Monday. To get down so much in a hurry, for our guys to battle back through that I was really impressed."
J.C. Hampton led the Bisons with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. He added four rebounds.
After sitting the first two games, Malcolm Smith saw his first action of the year after checking in five minutes into the game. He almost immediately swiped a steal and converted on a free throw. He finished the night with seven points and six rebounds.
Vanderbilt center Damian Jones led all scorers with 21 points leading the Commodores to a 30-18 advantage in points in the paint.
- J.C. Hampton’s 13 points more than doubled his season total after entering the night with only nine points through the first two games.
- Lipscomb went 19-of-57 (33.3%) from the floor and 7-of-28 from 3-point range (25%).
- Vanderbilt hit 46 percent of its shots (27-of-59), including 7-of-15 behind the arc.
- The Bisons lost the rebounding battle 43-37 but held a 14-13 advantage on the offensive glass
- Lipscomb held a slim 11-9 advantage in turnovers marking the third-straight game the Bisons have won the turnover battle.
Up next: Lipscomb returns home on Saturday night to host Transylvania at 6:30 p.m. Tune into the game at http://www.LipscombSports.com/ESPN with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-946-HERD (4373)