|December 05, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TTU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.380 (27-71)||.444 (28-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.387 (12-31)||.297 (11-37)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (15-18)||.688 (11-16)|
- 26||GARRISON MATHEWS
- 11||ELI PEPPER
- 5||NATHAN MORAN
- 3||NATHAN MORAN
- 4||ELI PEPPER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A sluggish start to the second half proved costly to the Lipscomb men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena in an 81-78 nonconference loss to Tennessee Tech.
After the Bisons (3-7) took a 46-32 lead into the break, the Golden Eagles (7-2) opened the final stanza with a 13-2 run to erase most of the 14-point deficit and get back into the game.
“This is a kick in the gut for our guys and a little bit self-induced,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I have to give Tennessee Tech incredible credit for playing hard and continuing to play. They played with way more emotion than we did in the second half.
“I don’t think we ever quit playing. I don’t think we necessarily let down but there’s no secret the first few minutes of the second half was really the difference in the game. “
Lipscomb was led off the bench by freshman guard Garrison Mathews, who scored a career high 16 points hitting 6-of-10 from the field including four 3-pointers. The newcomer added six rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
“Garrison has played well the last few games out,” said Alexander. “This is the third game in a row where he’s played with more confidence, made multiple threes and impacted the game. That’s important to see.”
Mathews was joined in double figures by Josh Williams and J.C. Hampton, who each had 13 points, along with freshman Eli Pepper, who finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Tech’s Torrance Rowe led all scorers with 26 including a 3-point basket with eight seconds remaining to give Tennessee Tech the win. He was joined in double figures by Ryan Martin with 18, Markell Henderson with 14 and Aleska Jugovic with 11.
- Rebounding proved to be a big difference in the second half as Tennessee Tech hauled in 11 offensive rebounds that were converted into 14, second-chance points. Those 11 offensive boards led to a 44-39 edge overall for the Golden Eagles.
- After hitting 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) in the first half, the Bisons went cold in the final 20 minutes of play sinking just 11-of-32 (34.4 percent). Lipscomb shot 44.4 percent for the game ahead of Tennessee Tech’s 38 percent.
- Sophmore guard Nathan Moran dished out nine assists to go along with eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
- Led by Mathews’ 16 the Bisons outscored Tech 30-21 in bench points.
Up next: The Bisons continue home action on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. hosting rival Belmont at Allen Arena. A limited number of tickets remain and can be purchased by visiting www.LipscombTickets.com or by calling 615-966-HERD (4373). Due to limited parking availability on campus, fans are encouraged to arrive early and ride the free shuttles from the Lipscomb Academy football field and the Stokes Elementary site.
“Our guys are going to be ready to play the game,” said Alexander. “I don’t have any doubt about that. We have to realize that we know we’re playing a good team whoever it is, Tennessee Tech, Belmont, Cumberland on Thursday or Princeton next Saturday. We’re consistently talking about the 40 minutes. It makes no difference up 14 or down 14. That’s where we have to improve and that’s when the results will become more of what we want them to be.”