|January 17, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||KSU|
|FG Percentage||.475 (28-59)||.364 (20-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.519 (14-27)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.840 (21-25)||.756 (31-41)|
MORENA - 1
BENNETT - 1
WILSON - 1
KENNESAW, Ga. – Malcolm Smith and Josh Williams combined to score 57 points as the Lipscomb men’s basketball improved to 3-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference play for the first time with a 91-77 win over Kennesaw State at the KSU Convocation Center.
“We’re excited about the win, there’s no doubt about that,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Kennesaw plays well at home and with a lot of energy. They have a couple of good wins at home already.”
Malcolm Smith led all scorers with a career-high 29 point effort hitting eight shots from the floor and sinking 12 of 13 free throws. The veteran added 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Williams finished with a 28-point afternoon hitting six of his first seven 3-pointer attempts of the afternoon before finishing 10-of-13 from the floor including 8-of-10 from beyond the arc.
“Josh and Malcolm carried us offensively,” said Alexander. “I give Josh a lot of credit. In the first half when things weren’t going our way, he made four threes in a pretty short time span. That really lifted us up.”
Those four triples by Williams were part of an 18-2 run in the latter part of the first half that the Bisons (9-9, 3-0 A-Sun) used to gain control of the lead.
“That run totally flipped the game,” said Alexander. “We kept the lead from that point on and mostly in double digits the rest of the way.”
Kennesaw State was led by Damien Wilson, who scored 25 for the Owls (5-14, 0-3 A-Sun)
The Bisons 91 points ties the season high set in the season opener against Berry
Lipscomb’s 14 3-pointers are the most this season eclipsing the season high of 13 at Colarado.
Josh Williams finished in double figure scoring for the 19th time in the last 20 games.
Malcolm Smith moved into the top-10 all-time in the Atlantic Sun Conference in free throws made passing Sam Mitchell of Mercer and Damon Arnette to claim eighth-most all-time in the league. Smith has now hit 452 free throws in his career, second best for the Bisons behind Josh Slater.
Saturday was the first win of the 2014-15 season for the Bisons when allowing more than 70 points.
Lipscomb has now downed Kennesaw State in nine-straight contests.
Up next: The Bisons return home to Allen Arena on Thursday night to host Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.