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December 01, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPBEL
FG Percentage.483 (29-60) .593 (35-59)
3P FG Percentage.345 (10-29) .516 (16-31)
FT Percentage.700 (21-30) .792 (19-24)
Offensive Rebounds89
Defensive Rebounds1726
Total Rebounds2535
Bench Points2233
PointsWILLIAMS - 20
ReboundsMORAN - 6
AssistsMORAN - 4
LUKE - 8
StealsMORAN - 3
BlocksMILLER - 1
Red hot Bruins too much for men's basketball in "Battle"
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Red hot Bruins too much for men's basketball in
Courtesy: Mike Strasinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Lipscomb men’s basketball team could not overcome a scorching hot Belmont squad in a 105-89 loss on Monday night at the Curb Event Center.

After starting the night 1-of-5 from deep, the Bruins (5-3) erupted to hit 15 of their next 26 to finish the contest hitting 52 percent beyond the arc.  Belmont would shoot 59.3 percent for the game while the Bisons (3-6) shot 48.3 percent from the floor. 

“With that kind of percentage they are a hard team to beat,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I have to give them some credit.  They had some guys that haven’t been making them step up and make them in a timely way.”

Junior guard Josh Williams led the Bisons with a 20-point effort as the Jackson, Mississippi native posted 20-plus point efforts in back-to-back games for Lipscomb.  Sophomore guard Nathan Moran added 19 to go along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Junior guard J.C. Hampton notched 17 to round out the double-figure scorers for the Bisons.

“I love the fight in our guys,” said Alexander. “I thought we played hard the whole game and that’s part of being a good team.  It’s not all of it though.

“We had way too many defensive rebounds and they are a hard team to guard.  They average 85 points per game and are one of the most efficient offenses statistically in the country.  We knew it was going to be a battle but we can’t help them by the mistakes that we made and then give them 20 offensive rebound points. Those are some things we can cut down on.”

Belmont was led by Taylor Barnette, who each had 22 points for the Bruins behind a 6-for-8 night from long range.

Herd notes:

  • Tuesday night’s game was the highest scoring game in the NCAA era of the “Battle of the Boulevard” and the most since 1996 when the Bisons won 104-93.
  • After hitting 8-of-18 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Bisons connected on just two treys in the final 20 minutes of action.
  • Second-chance points hurt the Bisons as the Bruins converted nine chances into 20 points.
  • Williams posted a 20-plus point night for the 22nd time in his career as a Bison.
  • For the second straight game, freshman Garrison Mathews had nine points on a trio of 3-pointers but failed to score in the second half.
  • Lipscomb held a 13-8 advantage in turnovers and converted those Belmont miscues into 19 points.
  • Belmont held a 35-25 advantage in rebounding.

 Up next:  The Bisons return home for the first time since Nov. 17 hosting Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m. at Allen Arena.  The game will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Allen Arena.

“Tennessee Tech is playing really well right now,” said Alexander. “They are a team that will bring a lot of intensity and fight. They are a bit helter skelter and we didn’t handle that well at South Carolina last week, so that will be a challenge.

“I can’t wait until Saturday to see what we’re made of.  I can’t wait to get back in Allen Arena and play somebody else and see how we respond to this one and a couple of tough losses.”