|November 13, 2015||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||SCU|
|FG Percentage||.306 (19-62)||.313 (20-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (8-32)||.281 (9-32)|
|FT Percentage||.655 (19-29)||.737 (14-19)|
HUBBARD - 2
Pepper - 1
Miller - 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Led by a career high 25 points from sophomore guard Nathan Moran, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened 2015-16 action on Friday night with a thrilling 65-63, double-overtime win against host Santa Clara at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara.
“It was a crazy last 15 minutes of the game,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “To come back from 10 points down with five minutes to go against a good team from a great league is something our guys deserve a lot of credit for. We didn’t play our best but we played really hard.”
Junior guard Josh Williams set up the overtime scoring six points in the final 37 seconds of regulation to erase a six-point Broncos lead. Williams then iced the game with a trio of free throws in the final seconds.
“Everybody knows that we can count on Josh to be a big playmaker and difference maker when his number is called,” said Alexander. “He hasn’t been able to practice in two weeks. He’s sore and vomit’s on the floor between the first and second overtime but he made some huge plays for us tonight.”
Santa Clara’s Jared Brownbridge led the Broncos with a 23-point effort.
“We didn’t shoot it well tonight,” said Alexander. “They took us out of a lot of our offense and we forced too many things but defensively we sucked it up and played really hard.”
- The win marked the first road victory to start a season for the Bisons in the NCAA Division I era. Lipscomb was previously 0-6 in season openers on the road.
- Eli Pepper and Garrison Mathews made their collegiate debut for the Bisons. Pepper was in the starting lineup and finished the game with seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Transfer David Wishon also made his debut for the Purple and Gold scoring five points and hauling in seven boards.
- After hitting eight of the first 18 shots from the field, the Bisons went ice cold hitting just three of the next 23 attempts from the floor. That drought allowed Santa Clara to build a 10-point advantage.
- Lipscomb recovered from the shooting woes to shoot 24 percent for the game including hitting 4-of-8 in overtime to clinch the win.
- The Bisons held a 21-19 advantage in turnovers.
- Lipscomb has now won five consecutive overtime contests including a pair of double-overtime outings.
Up next: The Bisons continue action in the 49th Annual Cable Car Classic on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. taking on Milwaukee.