|February 21, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|FG Percentage||.527 (29-55)||.474 (27-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.370 (10-27)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.760 (19-25)||.613 (19-31)|
ADEYEYE - 1
HOLDER - 1
LANG - 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A concerted team effort helped lead the Lipscomb men’s basketball team to a 87-83 Atlantic Sun Conference road win at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
“What I am most pleased about is that it took a lot of guts to finish it,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “It was never pretty. Jacksonville had a lot of momentum in the second half, but our guys stayed with it.”
Sophomore guard J.C. Hampton led the Bisons with a 22-point effort including hitting four key free throws in the final minutes of the game. Sophomore guard Josh Williams added 21 to score 20-plus for the 12th time this season.
“We made every meaningful free throw down the stretch and that was big,” Alexander said. “J.C. goes 4-for-4 and Nathan goes 2-for-2. That’s really important for guards to want that ball and want to be in those types of situations.”
The Bisons also got a huge boost from center Chad Lang, who had a career afternoon with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the first double-double of his career. Sophomore forward Brett Wishon added 11 points in the victory.
“It’s really important for our team that Chad can give us those kind of positive minutes,” Alexander said. “I don’t think it’s fair to expect those kinds of numbers from him every game, but he has the ability to do more and he knows it. It would be a huge lift for us if that can continue.”
Kori Babeneaux led Jacksonville with a game-high 25 points to go along with 10 assists.
- Williams scored in double digits for the 29th time in the last 30 games and notched his 19th career game of 20-plus points.
- The Bisons used the 13th different starting lineup of the season as Nathan Moran, J.C. Hampton, Josh Williams, Talbott Denny and Chad Lang got the nod.
Up next: The Bisons wrap up 2014-15 regular-season road action at USC Upstate on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The game will air live on 94.9 Game 2 and ESPN3.