November 20, 20151st2ndFinal
Lipscomb383068
Miami University363470
Stats at a GlanceLIPSCOMBMIAMI
FG Percentage.417 (25-60) .386 (22-57)
3P FG Percentage.432 (16-37) .471 (8-17)
FT Percentage.500 (2-4) .720 (18-25)
Offensive Rebounds1010
Defensive Rebounds3025
Total Rebounds4035
Turnovers2013
Steals511
Bench Points2827
LeadersLIPSCOMBMIAMI
PointsWILLIAMS - 19
MILLS - 14
ReboundsPEPPER - 8
TEAM - 8
McKNIGHT - 6
WASHINGTON - 6
AssistsPEPPER - 6
WASHINGTON - 7
StealsMILLER - 2
MORAN - 2
WASHINGTON - 4
BlocksWISHON - 2
LIVINGSTON - 1
Men's hoops drops thriller to Miami
Friday, November 20, 2015
By Logan Butts
Men's hoops drops thriller to Miami

OXFORD, Ohio – Despite a hot-shooting night from behind the arc, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a close contest to Miami (Ohio) on Friday night 70-68 at the Men Against Breast Cancer Challenge.

The Bisons (2-3) started off the night scorching, hitting 9-18 from three-point range in the first half for a 38-36 halftime lead. The Purple and Gold’s prowess from deep continued throughout the game, as they finished a school-record 16-37 on three’s, but it was not enough to stop the RedHawks (2-1).

“It all comes down to taking care of the ball in this game,” Lipscomb men’s basketball head coach Casey Alexander said. “We made enough shots along the way. We made 16 three’s. That’s usually a pretty good formula for success, but 20 turnovers killed us.

“We had a long dry spell in the second half when the lead flipped on us. It was just a tough game. They’re a good team.”

Lipscomb boasted the game’s two leading scorers. Junior Josh Williams finished with 19 points off 7-13 shooting, including 5-7 from three. Junior Brett Wishon notched 16 points and went 4-11 from behind the arc. Nate Moran added 12 points and five assists, and went 4-7 from deep.

Miami’s high-pressure defense forced 20 Lipscomb turnovers, many of which came in the second half.

“We gave up too many possessions,” Alexander said. “When you have 20 turnovers that puts a lot of pressure on you to be great in the other possessions of the game.

“The other obvious stat to me was the free throw differential. They made 18; we made two. They more than negated our three-point barrage by the way that they got to the free throw line and converted.”

QUICK HITS:

  • Freshman Eli Pepper led the Bisons in both rebounds (eight) and assists (six). David Wishon added seven rebounds and two blocks.
  • Miami went 18-25 from the free throw line as opposed to Lipscomb’s 2-4 mark.
  • All four of Lipscomb’s free throws were taken by Pepper.
  • 11 Bisons played seven or more minutes in the loss, while nine played double-digit minutes.

UP NEXT: The Bisons have two more games to play in the tournament, with tilts against Northeastern on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Florida Atlantic Sunday at 11 a.m. still to go.

“I do play a lot of guys in general,” Alexander said. “I’m probably a little bit more intentional about it on weekends like this and last weekend where I know we’ve got three games to play. I want everybody to be ready. The more guys we can play the better. The objective is to always have the best ones at the time out there.

“I hope our guys are ready to get back after it. We play a really good Northeastern team who, in my opinion, coming into this tournament were the best team on paper. They were a little sluggish today, but they’re really talented and coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance. We’ve got our hands full.”