January 31, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPSTET
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)
Offensive Rebounds119
Defensive Rebounds2524
Total Rebounds3633
Bench Points1435
PointsWILLIAMS - 21
SMITH - 23
ReboundsLANG - 6
AssistsHAMPTON - 6
StealsDENNY - 2
BlocksLANG - 1
Late surge by Stetson sinks men's basketball on road
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Late surge by Stetson sinks men's basketball on road

DELAND, Fla. – Unable to overcome a second-half surge by Stetson, the Lipscomb men’s basketball dropped a 75-73 Atlantic Sun Conference decision on Saturday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.

“We ought to be really frustrated and disappointed to lose this game,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander.  “We led for the vast majority of it and had a double-figure lead deep in the second half. 

“We didn’t care enough to pull away.  It’s one thing to say you care enough but it’s another thing to go out and dig your heels in and make it happen.   Stetson deserves some credit for that but we just didn’t get it done.”

After getting behind early in the contest, the Bisons (10-12, 4-3 A-Sun) roared back before the close of the first half with a 14-2 run including seven points from senior guard Chad Johnson, who finished the game with career-high nine points.  That run helped the Bisons carry a 40-30 advantage into intermission.

Lipscomb would build on the lead pushing it to as much as 14 at 10:26 before the Hatters (7-15, 2-5) mounted their comeback fueled by 19 free throws in 23 trips to the charity stripe.  The Bisons made only four trips to the line in the same period.

The Bisons held on to the lead until the final two minutes of action when the Hatters used a quartet of free throws and a late tip in to seal the win.

“We stand around too much,” said Alexander. “When someone’s late covering, we’ve got to have quick help.  When someone is out of position, someone has to pick up the box out. It’s my job to take the blame for that and we’ve got to get that fixed if we want to be better.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led the Bisons with 21 points finishing ahead of senior forward Malcolm Smith, who added 19.

Stetson’s Kentwan Smith led all scorers with 23 points including an 8-for-9 day at the free-throw line.

Herd notes: 

  • Williams finished in double figures for the 24th time in the past 25 games.
  • It was the 15th, 20-plus point game for Williams.
  • Smith climbed within seven points of Josh Slater for the all-time free-throw mark of 484.
  • The Bisons led for 26:20 of the contest.
  • Lipscomb held a 36-33 advantage on the boards including an 11-9 edge on the offensive end.

Up next:  The Bisons wrap up a 3-game road swing at Northern Kentucky next Saturday night at 6 p.m.  Catch the action live on ESPN3 and 94.9 Game 2.