|December 19, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||PRIN|
|FG Percentage||.362 (21-58)||.510 (26-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.125 (2-16)||.538 (14-26)|
|FT Percentage||.688 (11-16)||.688 (11-16)|
Cook - 6
Weisz - 2
Denny - 1
Wishon - 1
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team took on the first Ivy League opponent in school history on Friday night but were unable to come out on top falling 77-55 to Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium.
“It was a unique trip,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander of the Bisons road swing to take on No. 9 Texas and Princeton. “All we can do at this point is go back and make sure we use this trip to make us better. Neither game went like we wanted it to and there are plenty of things we can correct.”
The Tigers (4-8) took control of the game midway through the first half as the Bisons (4-7) hit a scoring drought and took a 44-27 lead into the first break. Princeton was propelled by a strong night behind the arc hitting 14-of-26 from deep.
Senior forward Malcolm Smith was the lone highlight for the Bisons as the veteran led the squad with 20 points. Smith carried the team early in the second half scoring the first 12 points of the stanza for the Purple and Gold. The Clarksville, Tennessee native was 6-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.
“Malcolm played with great energy in the second half and with just a real desire to impact the game,” said Alexander. “It’s important for our team to see that energy and the incorporate that into how we play as a team.
“When your team’s down in the dumps, it’s good to see a senior step up, be a leader , want the ball and put the team on his back.”
Clay Wilson led the Tigers in scoring with a 19-point effort hitting five treys and sinking 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
Lipscomb shot a season-low 12.5 percent from deep hitting just 2-of-16
- Sophomore guard Josh Williams was held to just seven points snapping a streak of 12-game, double-figure scoring streak.
- Malcolm Smith has now led the Bisons in scoring in three of the last four contests.
- Freshman guard Nathan Moran was limited to just 12 minutes of action due to foul trouble and did not score.
- Lipscomb held a 38-30 advantage on the boards including 14 offensive rebounds but the Bisons were able to cash in on six, second-chance points. Sophomore Brett Wishon led all players with seven rebounds.
Up next: The Bisons return home on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the first half of the season by hosting Austin Peay. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action.