December 07, 20151st2ndFinal
Belmont405393
Lipscomb364884
Stats at a GlanceBELLIP
FG Percentage.571 (32-56) .412 (28-68)
3P FG Percentage.333 (8-24) .368 (14-38)
FT Percentage.875 (21-24) .778 (14-18)
Offensive Rebounds713
Defensive Rebounds3018
Total Rebounds3731
Turnovers129
Steals68
Bench Points1819
LeadersBELLIP
PointsBRADDS - 27
WILLIAMS - 21
ReboundsBRADDS - 8
PEPPER - 6
AssistsLUKE - 8
HAMPTON - 5
StealsWINDLER - 2
BRADDS - 2
HAMPTON - 2
KORN - 2
BlocksMERCER - 1
EGEKEZE - 1
WISHON - 1
Men's hoops can't keep pace in "Battle"
Monday, December 7, 2015
Men's hoops can't keep pace in

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite hitting 14 treys, it would not be enough for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in a 93-84 loss to rival Belmont on Monday night Allen Arena in Nashville.

The Bisons (3-8) could not overcome the Bruins (6-4) shooting 57.1 percent that was bolstered by 46 points in the paint. 

“The toughest part about guarding Belmont is they are such a good passing team,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They really play well together and always seem to find the right guy at the right time.  That creates a lot of problems defensively.”

Lipscomb posted five players in double figures for the first time this season led by junior guard Josh Williams, who scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting including a trio of 3-pointers. 

“Josh was in so much foul trouble on Saturday that he never really got into the rhythm of the game,” said Alexander. “He got us off to a good start tonight and he played well.”

Freshman Garrison Mathews added a career high 17 points hitting five treys.  Sophomore guard Nathan Moran scored 14 ahead of J.C. Hampton with 12 and Brett Wishon with 11.

“We want a team with a lot of versatility like the Belmont team that we saw tonight,” said Alexander.  “Our three perimeter guys (Williams, Hampton and Moran) carried us early in the season.  Garrison’s chipping in now and Brett is definitely playing better. That will be important for us going forward.”

Belmont was led by Evan Bradds, who scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field and 9-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Despite the slow start to the season Alexander is confident his squad has what it needs to be successful this season.

“We’ve got the pieces,” said Alexander. “Our guys have really hard so far.  We don’t have many returns to show for it but that’s a great place to start. That only leaves with improving.  We have to be committed to that by looking in the mirror, making adjustments, cleaning things up and being better on both ends of the floor.”

Herd notes:

  • The Bisons fired a season high 38, 3-point attempts up in the loss.
  • Belmont held a 37-31 advantage in rebounding but Lipscomb finished with a 13-7 advantage in offensive rebounds resulting in 19 second-chance points.
  • Lipscomb managed to win the turnover battle 12-9 but managed just 15 points off of those dozen Bruin miscues.
  • Mathews 17 points came in just 19 minutes of action.
  • The Bisons used a different starting lineup for the first time this season as Brett Wishon replaced brother David in the starting five.

Up next:  The Bisons continue home action on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. hosting Cumberland at Allen Arena.  To purchase tickets visit www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-4373