|March 05, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UNF|
|FG Percentage||.323 (20-62)||.408 (20-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (4-20)||.250 (6-24)|
|FT Percentage||.813 (13-16)||.862 (25-29)|
DENNY - 1
LANG - 1
SMITH - 1
MACKEY - 2
BANKS - 1
DAVENPORT - 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team played a strong second half but a 13-point, first-half deficit was too much to overcome in a 71-57 loss to top-seeded North Florida in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Championship at UNF Arena on Thursday night.
After falling behind in the opening half, the Bisons (14-17) clawed back during the final stanza eventually cutting the Ospreys (22-11) lead to four at 45-41 with 9:32 to play but UNF would pull away down the stretch to advance to the A-Sun championship against USC Upstate on Sunday afternoon.
“Tonight was really difficult for us from start to finish,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We never led and it was a pretty serious grind to stay in there. I challenged our guys at halftime to win each media timeout in the second half and I think we won the first one, tied the second one and won the next two.
“We gave ourselves a chance but it just didn’t go our way in the last four minutes. The middle 30 minutes of the game, we held our own.”
Lipscomb was led by sophomore guard J.C. Hampton and Josh Williams. Hampton led the Bisons with a 16-point effort, while Williams finished with a 12-point night.
The Bisons had little answer for North Florida’s Dallas Moore, who was red hot scoring 34 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor.
With the loss, the Bisons bid farewell to Chad Lang, Chad Johnson and Martin Smith.
- Williams finished in double figures for the 20th-straight game and the 33rd time in the last 34 games.
- Lipscomb held a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points thanks to an 11-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The Ospreys held a 39-35 edge in overall rebounding however.
- The Bisons also held a slim 11-9 edge in turnovers.
- Shooting woes plagued the Bisons as the Purple and Gold hit just 32.3 percent from the field and 20 percent (4-of-20) from beyond the arc.
- Both teams shot well from the charity stripe with North Florida holding an 86.2 percent to 81.3 percent advantage.
- Lipscomb managed a season low five assists on the night.