December 03, 20141st2ndFinal
Lipscomb364379
Tennessee Tech345084
Stats at a GlanceLIPTTU
FG Percentage.500 (29-58) .476 (30-63)
3P FG Percentage.417 (10-24) .250 (5-20)
FT Percentage.500 (11-22) .760 (19-25)
Offensive Rebounds138
Defensive Rebounds2822
Total Rebounds4130
Turnovers218
Steals510
Bench Points2724
LeadersLIPTTU
PointsWilliams - 22
CALDWELL - 31
ReboundsWilliams - 10
CALDWELL - 10
AssistsMoran - 5
McKAY - 5
StealsSmith - 2
JUGOVIC - 3
BlocksBrammeier - 1
JACKSON - 1
CALDWELL - 1
THOMAS - 1
22 from Williams not enough as men's hoops falls at TTU
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
22 from Williams not enough as men's hoops falls at TTU

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. –  Turnovers proved to be costly for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team on Wednesday night as Tennessee Tech forced 21 miscues that led to 28 points as the Bisons fell 84-79 at the Eblen Center in Cookeville.

“We came out of the game against Colorado, who is an exceptional defensive team with only eight turnovers in the game,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “But tonight we let Tennessee Tech’s pressure rattle us in a huge way. Of the 21 turnovers, 12 were in the second half and seven of those were by our point guards.  That’s a really hard thing to overcome.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams carried the Bisons (2-5) much of the night with a 22-point effort.  Fellow classmate Brett Wishon added a season-high 14 points including nailing 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior Malcolm Smith and junior Talbott Denny also finished in double figures with ten each.

“Josh had good numbers and certainly gave us a big lift with not having Martin Smith here,” said Alexander. “He accepted that challenge and played well.  That’s what he needs to do.  He had an edge about him tonight and our team needs that.”

Along with the turnovers, the Bisons could not weather a scoring drought in the second half that lasted 6:49 and saw a 3-point Lipscomb lead turn into a 63-55 deficit. 

“The scoring drought was in large part due to our turnovers,” said Alexander. “I didn’t do a good job of giving us some alternatives for the offense to initiate.  We panicked in a huge way.  We were prepared for the pressure verbally but until you get out there and face it, it’s difficult to handle?

Free-throw shooting was also problematic for the Purple and Gold in the loss as Lipscomb hit just 11-of-22 while Tennessee Tech (4-3) went 19-for-25 from the line.

Dwan Caldwell propelled the Golden Eagles with a 30-point, 10-rebound night.

Herd notes:

  • Josh Williams finished in double figure scoring for the ninth-straight game and notched his 10th career 20-plus point game.
  • The Bisons lost the turnover battle for the first time this season as the Golden Eagles held a 21-8 advantage in miscues.
  • Lipscomb placed four players in double figures for the first time in 2014-15 (Williams, Wishon, Malcolm Smith, Denny).

Up next: The Bisons return home on Saturday hosting Tennessee State for “Christmas with the Bisons”.  The contest will air on ESPN3 from Allen Arena with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action.