February 19, 20151st2ndFinal
North Florida425193
Stats at a GlanceLIPUNF
FG Percentage.458 (27-59) .583 (28-48)
3P FG Percentage.250 (5-20) .526 (10-19)
FT Percentage.613 (19-31) .659 (27-41)
Offensive Rebounds1411
Defensive Rebounds1927
Total Rebounds3338
Bench Points1923
PointsWILLIAMS - 23
MOORE - 21
ReboundsDENNY - 7
TEAM - 7
AssistsWILLIAMS - 3
StealsWILLIAMS - 2
Fast start not enough for men's hoops against UNF
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Fast start not enough for men's hoops against UNF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday night had to feel like deja vu for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team as the Bisons dropped a 92-78 Atlantic Sun Conference decision at UNF Arena.

Just like the 75-66 loss to the Ospreys (17-11, 9-2 A-Sun) at Allen Arena on Jan. 24, the Bisons (11-15, 5-6 A-Sun) built a large first-half lead only to have UNF storm back when the intensity level seemed to drop off.

“Our guys played to win and played really well for the first 25 minutes, but it’s a 40–minute game,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander.  “I have to give North Florida credit they just started playing better.  I don’t think we let down or tried any less.  There’s a fine line between getting the job done and not getting the job done.”

One of the top teams in the nation from long distance, UNF drained 10 treys compared to just five for Lipscomb, the second fewest for the Bisons this season.  The Bisons were just 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.

“We had a hard time tonight guarding them,” said Alexander. “I’m not going to pretend that we are good defensively but they’re about number one in the league in every offensive category for a reason. You can’t expect to win games like this on the road when a team shoots 58 percent, scores 93 points and takes 41 free throws.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led the Bisons with a 23-point effort on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.  He was joined in double figures by junior forward Talbott Denny, who posted a season high 18 points and snagged a team-high seven rebounds.

“Talbott played really hard and made a lot of great things happen all night,” said Alexander.  He kept so many balls alive and I’m totally pleased with how he played in both effort and production.”

Senior forward Malcolm Smith also scored in double figures for the Bisons with a 12-point night including 11 in the first 20 minutes of action.

North Florida was led by Dallas Moore, who had a 21-point night in the win.

Herd notes:

  • Williams finished in double figures for the 28th time in the last 29 games and notched his 18th career game of 20-plus points.
  • The Bisons opened the contest by hitting 53.1 percent in the first half, the highest shooting percentage in the first half this season.
  • Lipscomb dominated points in the paint outscoring the Ospreys 40-28
  • UNF shot a blistering 58.3 percent for the game compared to 45.8 percent by Lipscomb.
  • North Florida also held a 38-33 advantage in rebounding.
  • Lipscomb held a slim 14-12 advantage in turnovers that were converted into 22 points.
  • With the loss, the Bisons fall to 2-12 on the road this season.

Up next:  The Bisons continue action in the “Sunshine State” on Saturday taking on A-Sun foe Jacksonville at 1 p.m.  The contest will air on 94.9 Game 2 and ESPN3.