January 05, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceRHODESLIP
FG Percentage.327 (17-52) .682 (30-44)
3P FG Percentage.182 (4-22) .529 (9-17)
FT Percentage.682 (15-22) .778 (21-27)
Offensive Rebounds115
Defensive Rebounds1427
Total Rebounds2532
Bench Points2142
PointsBrennan Sullivan - 12
ReboundsRyan Van Hoeck - 5
LANG - 7
AssistsLuke Collins - 3
StealsBrennan Sullivan - 1
Keyshawn Butts - 1
BlocksLANG - 1
Fast start leads men's basketball past Rhodes
Monday, January 5, 2015
By Mark McGee
Fast start leads men's basketball past Rhodes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It could have been one of those games.

You know the type. A team gets a big lead, starts playing a little sloppy on both ends of the court, and still walks away with a victory and lots of points, but with few lessons learned.

It could have been one of those types of games, but it wasn’t. The Lipscomb men’s basketball team prevailed 90-53 against Rhodes Monday night at Allen Arena in the final nonconference game of the season, but both teams played as if the game was on the line until the final buzzer.

“I was excited that our guys played all 40 minutes,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “We had a lot of moving parts and different rotations, but I felt like collectively our guys played really hard and were on mission for what we wanted to get done.

“Rhodes gave us a challenge on both ends. I give them a lot of credit for their effort. They played with great energy all night long. It is easy when you are ahead like that to try to do too much or to take things lightly. But I felt like our guys heard the mission and went out and tried to accomplish that.”

The Bisons placed four players in double figures. Josh Williams led all scorers with 16 points followed by Aaron Korn with 12, Talbott Denny with 11 and Chad Lang with 10.

The Purple and Gold shot 68.2 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from three-point range.

“Offensively, I felt like we played with patience and we played with purpose,” Alexander said. “Our shot selection was better than it has been and our results were part of that.”

Korn, a freshman guard, has put together a pair of solid efforts including the career-high 12 points against Rhodes.

“Aaron easily had his best performance against Missouri and he came out against Rhodes, played aggressively and picked up where he left off,” Alexander said. “He has put a couple of good games together and that is encouraging to see from a freshman who is trying to find his way.

“He has been a good player all along. He is capitalizing on his opportunities. That is just a hump you have to get over as a freshman. Some people do it quicker than others. He is going to be a good player for us and I am glad he knows it now.”

The Bisons led 44-28 at the half and did not allow Rhodes to score again until the 16:36 mark of the second half when Brennan Sullivan connected on a jump shot.

While there are several areas where Alexander sees the need for more work from his team, he liked what he saw against both Missouri and Rhodes.

“I just want is to continue to improve the things we have emphasized since the Chattanooga game,” Alexander said. “I challenged them after that game. I told them we had 11 days before playing Northern Kentucky and I wanted us to be a significantly different team regardless of the outcomes against Missouri and Rhodes. I think against Missouri and Rhodes we are well down that path.

“I want us to have better shot selection. I want us to play with more purpose and really give ourselves a chance to have a good possession. Defensively it is a matter of cleaning up mistakes.”

Alexander is excited about the prospects for opening the Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the season.

 “I think we have a real solid rotation of nine or 10 guys we can really depend on,” Alexander said. “Not having Martin Smith hurts us because he is such a valuable player. But I like where we are.

“I think we’ve got scorers. I think we’ve got good role players. And then you have a guy like Talbott Denny who does his job really well… a lot of dirty work…blue collar stuff. I think the roles are pretty well defined.”

Herd Notes:

  • In all six victories this season the Bisons have held the opposition to 70 points or below.
  • Williams has scored in double figures in 16 of his last 17 games.
  • Lang’s 10 points marked the first time this season he has been in double figures hitting five-of-six shots. He led the Bisons with a game-high seven rebounds. Both his points and rebounds were career highs.
  • The Bisons missed their last 10 shots at Missouri Saturday in a 72-60 loss, but hit their first eight shots, including three 3-pointers, to open the Rhodes game.
  • Rhodes is 8-3. The Bisons are 6-9 entering conference play.
  • The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Bisons.

Up Next:

The Bisons open the Atlantic Sun portion of the schedule Saturday, Jan. 10, when Northern Kentucky visits for a 6:30 p.m. game at Allen Arena.