|January 31, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||STET|
|FG Percentage||.448 (26-58)||.440 (22-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.345 (10-29)||.462 (6-13)|
|FT Percentage||.647 (11-17)||.781 (25-32)|
WISHON - 6
HAMPTON - 2
DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team wraps up the first of two swings through the “Sunshine State” on Saturday taking on Atlantic Sun Conference foe Stetson at noon at the Edmunds Center.
The contest will air in the Nashville market on 94.9 Game 2 as well as online via ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
The Hatters lead the all-time series 13-12 and have dominated the series on their home court holding a 10-2 edge at the Edmunds center.
The game features the return of Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander to Stetson, where he began his head coaching career. Alexander led the Hatters program for two seasons before taking over at Lipscomb in 2013.
Inside the Herd:
Josh Williams leads the team in scoring averaging 16.3 ppg. That figure ranks third best in the Atlantic Sun but the sophomore sits second in the league in conference games averaging 22.6 ppg. Williams has scored in double figures in 23 of the last 24 games.
Last Thursday night’s double-overtime, 80-77 thriller over Jacksonville marked only the second time that the Bisons have played two extra periods during the NCAA Division I era and the first time that Lipscomb was victorious.
Sophomore guard J.C. Hampton notched 10 assists in the win against Jacksonville becoming just the second Bison to do so in the NCAA era. Hampton joined former standout guard Josh Slater, who accomplished the feat five times and holds the single-game record of 11 helpers. Hampton leads the A-Sun in assist-to-turnover ratio in conference contests.
70 seems to be the magic number for the Bisons as eight of the 10 wins have come when the Purple and Gold hold the opponent to 70 points are fewer.
Senior forward Malcolm Smith moved into the No. 2 position all-time on the free-throw charts as a Bison in the game at Austin Peay. The veteran hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to move past former Lipscomb great Adnan Hodzic with 405. Smith has 470 and now trails only Josh Slater, who finished with 484. He ranks tied for seventh in A-Sun history with Slater and his 677 attempts ranks sixth among active NCAA career leaders.
With a start in last Saturday’s game against UNF, Malcolm Smith overtook twin brother Martin in the active career games started category. It was the 77th start for Malcolm and his 103rd appearance in Purple and Gold. Only nine other Bisons have played in more contests in the NCAA Division I era.