|November 15, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||DENVER|
|FG Percentage||.431 (22-51)||.444 (28-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.435 (10-23)||.432 (16-37)|
|FT Percentage||.789 (15-19)||.909 (10-11)|
- 21||Nate Engesser
- 13||C.J. Bobbitt
Moran - 3
Mathews - 3
Williams - 1
Wishon - 1
Wishon - 2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team erased a 16-point deficit and led late in the contest but could not hold on in an 82-69 loss to Denver in the final game of the 49th Annual Cable Car Classic on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara.
“There was very little difference in today’s game and the other two games this weekend when you look at the last four minutes of regulation,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “It was a two-point game with three-plus minutes to go and we said that the team that executes the best always wins.
“It doesn’t mean you have to run your stuff perfectly but you have to get good shots, somebody has to make them and get stops on defense. They were just better than us. They came out of the last media timeout and made two threes. We made an untimely turnover and then we were playing from behind.”
Junior J.C. Hampton led the Bisons (1-2) with a 21- point afternoon including an 11-point outburst that helped Lipscomb fuel a 14-0 run early in the second half to get Lipscomb back into the contest. He was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Nathan Moran, who scored 13 for the Purple and Gold.
“It’s a 40-minute game,” said Alexander. “They’re going to be better than us some and we’re going to be better than them some. All that matters is how things finish and they finished ahead of us.
“I told our guys ‘We could be 0-3 in this tournament or we could be 3-0. None of that changes how we played or things we need to correct or the things that we did well. So let’s look beyond wins and losses and let’s know we have improvements to make.’ All in all I was pleased with our guys all weekend long.”
Denver was led by Nate Engesser, who scored 26 points off the bench including six of the Pioneers 16 treys.
- Freshman forward Eli Pepper grabbed 13 rebounds marking three straight 10-plus rebound games to start his collegiate career. The last time a Bison grabbed double-digit boards in three consecutive games was during the 2012-13 season when Stephen Hurt accomplished the feat.
- The Bisons held a 36-30 advantage on the boards behind the 13 from Pepper.
- Shooting was nearly dead even as Denver edged the Bisons 44 to 43 percent in overall shooting and both teams were even at 43 percent from long range.
- The Bisons forced just seven Pioneer turnovers while committing 11 miscues including eight in the first half.
Up next: The Bisons open up home action on Tuesday night hosting Oakland City at 6:30 p.m. for the home opener at Allen Arena on ESPN3.