November 27, 20151st2ndFinal
Lipscomb403676
South Carolina514192
Stats at a GlanceLIPSC
FG Percentage.397 (27-68) .515 (34-66)
3P FG Percentage.371 (13-35) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.643 (9-14) .704 (19-27)
Offensive Rebounds1012
Defensive Rebounds1931
Total Rebounds2943
Turnovers1817
Steals812
Bench Points3334
LeadersLIPSC
PointsWILLIAMS - 21
CHATKEVICIUS - 17
ReboundsPEPPER - 5
KORN - 5
WISHON - 5
SILVA - 7
AssistsMORAN - 8
THORNWELL - 6
StealsMATHEWS - 2
WISHON - 2
NOTICE - 3
CARRERA - 3
BlocksMILLER - 1
WISHON - 1
WISHON - 1
SILVA - 2
Williams claims 1,000th point as Bisons fall at South Carolina
Friday, November 27, 2015
Williams claims 1,000th point as Bisons fall at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Despite a 21-point effort from junior guard Josh Williams that saw him become the 45th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, the Lipscomb men’s basketball could not keep pace with South Carolina in a 92-76 loss at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Williams reached the feat in 67 games becoming the fastest player in the NCAA Division I era to eclipse the mark.  The Jackson, Mississippi native was 8-of-11 from the floor including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for his 20th career, 20-plus point game for the Bisons (3-5).

He was joined in double figures by sophomore Nathan Moran, who scored 12 points and added a game-high eight assists, and junior Brett Wishon, who scored 10 points off the bench.

“I don’t really have any problem with our effort at all or our fight,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I felt like we kept playing even though we were unusually fatigued for some reason. 

“15 turnovers in a half is ridiculous. We panicked a bit today but we’re better than that. We need to learn from it and improve.”

South Carolina (6-0) placed six players in double figures including Laimonas Chatkevicius, who scored 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor and a 3-for-3 afternoon at the line.

Herd notes:

  • Lipscomb came into the game tied nationally for the most treys on the season with 73. The Bisons added 13 more to that total.
  • Freshman Garrison Mathews scored a season-high nine points behind three trifectas in the first half.
  • Bolstered by 54 points in the paint, South Carolina held a 52-40 percent advantage in shooting for the contest.
  • After a first half that saw the Bisons trail just 18-17 in rebounding, the Gamecocks would outrebound Lipscomb 25-12 in the final 20 minutes.
  • South Carolina also held a slim lead in the turnover column as the Gamecocks committed 17 miscues to the Bisons 18.

Up next:  The Bisons continue road action on Tuesday night taking on Belmont at 7 p.m .at the Curb Event Center.

“The defensive end of the floor is the only place to win the game on Tuesday night because Belmont is as good as anybody offensively,” said Alexander. “They are literally as good as anybody offensively. We will have to dig our heels in a little bit better and scratch and claw a little bit better.

“Hopefully the athleticism, size and things like that will even out a bit on Tuesday night and a few more loose balls will come our way then that didn’t today.”