November 14, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceUWMLIP
FG Percentage.397 (27-68) .397 (25-63)
3P FG Percentage.273 (9-33) .333 (10-30)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .625 (5-8)
Offensive Rebounds1610
Defensive Rebounds3029
Total Rebounds4639
Bench Points1623
PointsJOHNSON - 12
TIBY - 12
Hampton - 14
ReboundsPANOSKE - 15
Pepper - 10
AssistsJOHNSON - 8
Moran - 6
StealsSPRINGS - 2
Williams - 2
Moran - 2
Hampton - 2
BlocksPANOSKE - 5
Men's hoops can't overcome slow second-half start against Milwaukee
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Men's hoops can't overcome slow second-half start against Milwaukee

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A sluggish start to the second half proved to be the difference for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in a 71-65 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday night in the 49th Annual Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara.

“Milwaukee is a good team,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander.  “Their front line is really talented and they score the ball inside and out. That presents a lot of problems and is a tough assignment, especially this early in the year.”

The Bisons (1-1) carried a 41-37 cushion into halftime but the Panthers (2-0) came out and posted an 11-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish.  The first basket of the half for Lipscomb would not come until 15:06 when junior Josh Williams ended Milwaukee’s run.

“We had some good possessions but ultimately they were just better than we were tonight,” said Alexander. “I liked our effort and the one thing I talked to our team about was the beginning of both halves.

“I thought we were engaged but we were hoping that they didn’t score instead of getting stops and doing our jobs. So they jumped out on us and that’s where we lost the game was the first five or six minutes of both halves on the defensive end.”

Junior guard J.C. Hampton led all players with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor including a pair of treys.  Brett Wishon also scored in double figures for the Bisons with an 11-point night off the bench.

Milwaukee featured a balanced attack that saw four of their five starters score 12 points apiece.

Herd Notes:

  • Milwaukee held junior Josh Williams to eight points marking the first time in 21 games that he failed to score double figures.
  • Offensive rebounds were a big difference in the contest with Milwaukee holding a 16-10 advantage. The Panthers held a 46-39 advantage overall on the glass.
  • Lipscomb held an 18-12 edge in turnovers but the Bisons were able to only convert that into 11 points.
  • The Bisons also held a 23-16 advantage in points off the bench thanks to 11 from Brett Wishon.
  • Saturday night was the first meeting between Lipscomb and Milwaukee in the NCAA Division I era for the Bisons.
  • 12 Bisons saw the floor with 10 scoring.
  • Freshman Eli Pepper grabbed 10 rebounds for back-to-back, double figure boards to open his collegiate career.

Up next:  The Bisons wrap up action in the 49th Annual Cable Car Classic on Sunday at 2 p.m. taking on Denver at the Leavey Center.