February 14, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceFGCULIP
FG Percentage.482 (27-56) .426 (23-54)
3P FG Percentage.292 (7-24) .304 (7-23)
FT Percentage.652 (15-23) .724 (21-29)
Offensive Rebounds1410
Defensive Rebounds2521
Total Rebounds3931
Bench Points1119
PointsJONES - 24
SMITH - 23
ReboundsHICKS - 9
AssistsCOMER - 10
StealsTHOMPSON - 2
BlocksMORANT - 1
LANG - 1
Comeback attempt for men's hoops rims out against FGCU
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Comeback attempt for men's hoops rims out against FGCU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman guard Nathan Moran got a good luck at a potential game-winning three on Saturday afternoon against Atlantic Sun Conference foe FGCU, but the rim the was unkind to the arcing three pointer as Lipscomb’s men basketball team fell 76-74 to the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.

“I’m really proud of our guys for staying with it,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “When we had a double-digit deficit for most of the second half, to come back and have a shot to win the game is something I’m pleased with.”

The Bisons were led by senior forward Malcolm Smith, who scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Purple and Gold for the second-straight contest.   Malcolm Smith hit 6-of-10 from the field and 10-of-13 from the charity stripe.

“It’s hard to complain about Malcolm’s numbers,” said Alexander.  “His percentages are great and he has been playing well. That’s great to see out of a senior leader.”

Having battled through an injury in the first half, sophomore guard Josh Williams added 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half helping Lipscomb rally from 14 down in the second half.  Among those 13 were a pair of threes on back-to-back possessions that cut the FGCU margin to five with 3:17 to go.

“Josh played with a lot of confidence and really got us going,” said Alexander. “The injury kept him out a lot in the first half and I think it was in his head for a while. He got a couple of baskets to fall and I think he forgot about it and it helped our team a lot.”

The Bisons also got a boost off the bench from freshman big man George Brammeier, who posted a career best six points to go along with four rebounds.

“George easily had his most productive game,” said Alexander. “Not because he had six points and four rebounds but because he impacted the game on both ends of the floor in a lot of ways.”

FGCU was led by Jamail Jones, who scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field to go with a 7-of-8 night from the line. Brett Comer added a double-double for the Eagles with an 11-point, 10-assist night. 

Herd notes:

  • Williams scored in double figures for the 27th time in the last 28 games.
  • After a hitting a cool 38.5 percent in the first half, the Bisons warmed up in the final 20 minutes of action hitting 46.4 percent for an overall percentage of 42.6.  That would fall below the Eagles however, who shot 56.6 percent in the second half and 48.2 percent on the night.
  • Martin Smith returned to the lineup for the Purple and Gold for the first time since the Austin Peay game on Dec. 13th.  The senior forward missed 15 games with a foot injury.
  • The Bisons struggled on the boards against FGCU getting outrebounded 39-31 including a 14-10 disadvantage on the offensive glass that led to 14 second-chance points for the Eagles.
  • Lipscomb won the turnover battle 17-12 converting those miscues into 19 points.

Up next: The Bisons head to North Florida on Thursday night for an A-Sun battle at 6 p.m. The contest will air on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN3.