February 07, 20151st2ndFinal
Lipscomb204060
Northern Kentucky413677
Stats at a GlanceLIPNKU
FG Percentage.311 (14-45) .565 (26-46)
3P FG Percentage.381 (8-21) .524 (11-21)
FT Percentage.774 (24-31) .700 (14-20)
Offensive Rebounds97
Defensive Rebounds1728
Total Rebounds2635
Turnovers1215
Steals77
Bench Points3432
LeadersLIPNKU
PointsWILLIAMS - 21
WHITE - 18
ReboundsTEAM - 6
PERSONS - 7
WHITE - 7
AssistsHAMPTON - 2
WISHON - 2
PERSONS - 5
StealsWILLIAMS - 4
JACKSON - 2
BlocksJACKSON - 1
WHITE - 1
COLE - 1
GIESLER - 1
BILLUPS - 1
Sluggish start leads to loss at NKU for men's hoops
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Sluggish start leads to loss at NKU for men's hoops

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Unable to overcome the worst first half of the season, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a 77-60 decision at Atlantic Sun Conference foe Northern Kentucky on Saturday night at the Bank of Kentucky Center

The first half was a nightmare for the Bisons (10-13, 4-4) as the Purple and Gold hit just 18 percent from the field making 4-of-22 baskets.  Compounding the shooting woes were eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes that led to 11 points for the Norse (10-13, 4-4 A-Sun).  

“We were struggling offensively,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander.  “There’s no doubt about that.  We got off to a poor start and then we really started to force things.  Guys were playing hard but not playing smart.

“Simultaneously, we can’t get stops.  They scored their first five possessions of the game and have 25 at the 10-minute mark and on pace to score 100.  We just dug a big hole right off the bat and it made for a pretty miserable night.”

Things improved in the second half as the Bisons hit 10-of-23 for 43.5 percent but it was too little, too late to overcome the 21-point deficit from the first half.

“I think we showed a little character there in the end that we kept playing and we kept fighting,” said Alexander. “I think they let up a little bit.  You only get 40 minutes to play.  “

It would be great if you approached each one regardless of time or score just to be the best that you can be on that particular possession. But that’s hard when the momentum of the game is not going your way. At least we stayed the course a little bit and got something out of the game as it turns out.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams scored half of those 20 points in the opening stanza and went on to lead the Bisons with a 21-point night and four steals.  Senior forward Malcolm Smith added 15 points including eight free throws to move him past Josh Slater for the NCAA era career free-throw record.

Freshman Aaron Korn added 11 points off the bench for the Bisons.

Tyler White led the offensive onslaught for the Norse with an 18-point first-half to lead NKU but was held without a field goal in the second half.

Herd Notes:

  • The Bisons 20 points in the first half were the lowest of the 2014-15 season and the fewest since a 16-point first half at Mercer last season.
  • Williams finished in double figures for the 25th time in the last 26 games.
  • Lipscomb used the 11th different starting lineup of the season with senior Chad Johnson making his first career start alongside J.C. Hampton, Williams, Talbott Denny and Brett Wishon.
  • The Bisons made just one shot inside the arc during the first half.
  • Free-throw shooting was one positive for Lipscomb as the Bisons hit 24-of-31
  • The Norse dominated the boards outrebounding the Bisons 35-to-26, a season low for Lipscomb.
  • With the loss, Lipscomb falls into a tie for fourth place in the A-Sun standings with NKU.

 

Up next: The Bisons return home on Thursday night to host Stetson at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.  To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com The game will also be carried live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN  app.