|November 30, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||COLO|
|FG Percentage||.400 (26-65)||.551 (27-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.394 (13-33)||.375 (6-16)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (10-12)||.706 (24-34)|
Wishon - 3
Smith - 3
Smith - 2
Thomas - 1
Collier - 1
Hopkins - 1
Wishon - 1
Scott - 3
BOULDER, Colo. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team battled back from a 24-point, first-half deficit but was unable to catch up with Colorado as the Buffaloes held on for an 84-75 victory at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.
A 12-3 run by the Buffaloes (4-1) in the first half pushed the home team to a 37-17 lead with 5:53 to go in the stanza. Lipscomb (2-4) would then use a late 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 14 at the half.
“The turning point was the deficit in the first half,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “That was just too much for us to ever climb out of. We played hard and we have tough kids. But, that doesn’t win games. That’s a great start but you have to be a good team. You have to execute to beat a good team like Colorado for sure.”
The Bisons would keep chipping away at the Colorado lead and would pull within 6 on a Martin Smith trey with 5:43 to play but the Buffaloes managed to weather the storm and pull away with the win.
“I give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there and playing with some resiliency,” said Alexander. “They played with toughness and battled really hard. We have to play that way to start the game. We have to play with a chip on our shoulder to start the game. We have to play loose to start the game.”
Freshman guard Nathan Moran led the Bisons with 17 points including five treys. The newcomer was joined in double figures by Martin Smith, who finished with 13 and Josh Williams, who added 11.
Lipscomb was unable to slow down Colorado forward Josh Scott, who finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and a 9-for-10 afternoon at the line. The big man also hauled down a game-high 13 rebounds for CU.
“I love our guys’ effort and I love our guys’ fight,” said Alexander. “We just have to play a game for 40 minutes.”
- Lipscomb’s 75 points were the most by any team against the Buffaloes this season.
- Lipscomb made only 12 trips to the charity stripe in the contest, the fewest since attempting only six at Northern Kentucky in 2012. Colorado went to the line 34 times making 24.
- The Bisons struggled early missing the first eight 3-point attempts before Hampton finally lifted the lid off the basket at 10:50 of the first half. After going 5-for-17 in the first half, the Purple and Gold hit 8-of-16 in the final 20 minutes of action.
- With 11 points, Josh Williams finished in double figures for the eighth-straight contest.
- Colorado dominated the game in the paint finishing with 40 points down low, while the Bisons collected just 24.
- Behind Moran’s 17, Lipscomb led in points off the bench 26-15.
Up next: The Bisons continue road action on Wednesday making the trek to Tennessee Tech for a 6 p.m. tip from the Eblen Center. Catch the action live on 94.9 Game 2.