|December 29, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UTC|
|FG Percentage||.523 (23-44)||.417 (25-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.406 (13-32)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (8-11)||.714 (15-21)|
- 14||Eric Robertson
Smith - 6
- 6||Greg Pryor
Ronrico White - 6
Smith - 2
Eric Robertson - 3
- 2||Justin Tuoyo
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Unable to overcome a season-high 24 turnovers, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a 78-60 decision to Chattanooga on Monday night at McKenzie Arena.
“I have to give Chattanooga a lot of credit,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They play hard and they speed you up but I will readily take the blame. 15 or 20 of those turnovers were our inability to pass and catch. For a college basketball team, that shouldn’t be a problem.”
The game was close until the middle portion of the second half when the Bisons allowed the Mocs to go on a 14-0 run to turn a 56-51 game into a 19-point deficit for the Purple and Gold.
The Bisons were led in scoring by senior forward Malcolm Smith, who finished the game with 14 points. Sophomore guards Josh Williams and J.C. Hampton each finished in double figures as well with 12 and 10, respectively. Hampton was 4-for-4 from the field including draining a pair of three’s.
“It was great to see J.C. knock down a few and being more of the guy that we are used to seeing,” said Alexander. “Quite honestly, he’s going to help us if he can score but I just want him to play with confidence and be a guy that’s running the show. Tonight he did both which was good to see.”
UTC’s Greg Pryor led all scorers with a 19-point night behind a quartet of 3-pointers.
- Monday night was the first meeting between Lipscomb and Chattanooga in 12 years. The two teams last played during the 2002-03 season.
- Josh Williams scored in double figures for the 14th time in the last 15 games.
- The 24 turnovers were a season high for the Bisons topping the previous high of 22 against Berry in the season opener.
- Lipscomb held a narrow 72.7 to 71.4 percent advantage at the charity stripe but the Bisons shot10 fewer free throws than the homestanding Mocs.
- The Bisons also held an advantage in shooting percentage hitting 52.3 percent to 41.7 percent for Chattanooga.
- The Mocs held a slim 31-30 advantage on the boards but Chattanooga was able to snag 15 offensive rebounds.
- The Bisons had a season-high three dunks in the loss.
Up next: The Bisons travel to Columbia, Missouri on Saturday to take on Missouri at 4 p.m. on the SEC Network.