|January 03, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MU-M|
|FG Percentage||.322 (19-59)||.471 (24-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (8-34)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (14-21)||.613 (19-31)|
- 17||Williams III
- 7||Williams III
Post - 10
Clark - 1
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Unable to sink a basket in the final 9:33 of the contest, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a second-half surge by Missouri falling 72-60 at Mizzou Arena on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we were going to pull it out,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I thought our guys really competed and found a way to play well enough to win despite some pretty miserable offensive numbers, especially in the second half.”
The first half was a back-and forth affair with the Bisons (5-9) using a 13-0 run against the Tigers (6-7) to take a 30-19 advantage despite losing senior Malcolm Smith early in the stanza with an injury. The Tigers would trim away at that lead with a 7-0 run of their own but the Bisons carried a 35-33 advantage into the second stanza.
The Bisons would push the cushion out to a 48-38 margin at 15:11 but the Tigers would storm back with a 14-1 run of their own to retake the lead that they would never relinquish.
Freshman Nathan Moran led all scorers with 17 points hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
“I was just trying to play basketball and help us win,” said Moran. “There wasn’t anything special I was trying to do. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done.”
Sophomore Josh Williams added 11 points and hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.
Johnat Williams III led the Tigers with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.
- Sophomore Josh Williams finished in double figures for the 15th time in the last 16 games.
- Freshman guard Nathan Moran matched his career high of 17 points that he set at Colorado.
- The Bisons are now 0-9 when allowing an opponent to reach 71 points.
- Lipscomb led for 24:33 of the contest.
- The Purple and Gold had four players score seven points including Malcolm Smith, who scored his seven in only six minutes of action.
- Lipscomb shot the ball wall from the charity stripe hitting 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) compared to the Tigers, who went 19-of-31 (61.3 percent).
- Missouri held a slim 39-38 advantage on the boards but the Bisons held an 11-5 edge in offensive rebounds.
Up next: The Bisons return home on Monday night to close out nonconference action hosting Rhodes at 7:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action.