|December 13, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||APSU|
|FG Percentage||.391 (18-46)||.333 (16-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.296 (8-27)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (24-30)||.611 (22-36)|
DAVIS - 2
PURVIS - 2
FREEMAN - 2
DYSON - 2
Smith - 3
DAVIS - 2
Lang - 1
HORTON - 1
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Behind an 18-point, second-half effort from sophomore Brett Wishon, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team was able to fight off a determined Austin Peay squad 68-59 on Saturday afternoon at the Winfred Dunn Center in Clarksville.
The Concord, N.C. native was lethal from deep hitting 7-of-12 from beyond the arc for a career-high, 21 points. Six of the treys came in the second half to propel the Bisons (4-5) to the victory.
“Brett was 7-for-12 from three while the rest of the team was 1-for-15,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He made some timely threes while they were making their run and had a lot of momentum. He stepped up and made some really big shots.”
Free throws were also a huge part of the win for the Purple and Gold as well, as the Bisons hit 24-of-30 for a season-high 80 percent from the charity stripe. The Governors (2-7) hit just 22-of-36 from the line.
“Just getting off to a good start got the monkey off our back at the free-throw line,” said Alexander. “That was critical. It was a game where we both shot a lot of free throws and us making a high percentage was very important.”
Senior forward Malcolm Smith was a big part of that free-throw shooting hitting 5-of-6 to finish in double figures with 11 total points. Sophomore guard Josh Williams also finished in double figures with a 10-point night making 4-of-4 from the line.
“We played through a lot of adversity tonight,” said Alexander. “We had a couple of guys go down with injuries in the second half and we had a ton of foul trouble. It was really good to get a win and we’ll take wins when we can get them but we still have a lot of improvement to do.”
APSU’s Ed Dyson led the Governors by matching Wishon with a 21-point effort.
- Josh Williams finished in double digits for the 11th-straight contest, a figure that leads all Atlantic Sun Conference players.
- The Bisons were able to overcome a 37-35 deficit on the boards including a 13-8 advantage for the Govs in offensive rebounding.
- Both teams turned the ball over 16 times but Lipscomb was able to convert the Austin Peay miscues into 21 points, while the Governors only had 14 points off turnovers.
- Lipscomb won the shooting battle against Austin Peay 39.1 percent to 33.3 percent after holding the Governors to just 27 percent shooting in the second half.
- The win snapped a five-game road skid for the Bisons dating back to the final game of the 2013-14 season at ETSU.
Up next: The Bisons travel to Austin, Texas for a meeting with the No. 8 Texas at the Frank Ervin Center. The contest will air live on the Longhorn Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.