|December 12, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||PRIN||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.409 (27-66)||.349 (22-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (11-33)||.273 (6-22)|
|FT Percentage||.813 (13-16)||.737 (14-19)|
KORN - 5
Caruso - 2
MILLER - 3
BRAMMEIER - 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A sluggish start to the contest proved to be too much to overcome for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in a 78-64 nonconference loss to Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.
“We simply have to play better to beat good teams especially since our margin of error is shrinking due to injuries,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Princeton taught us a lesson on the boards tonight. That is a great example to us that mentality is as critical as size is.”
The Bisons (4-9) struggled to score early digging a 21-9 hole by the 14:03 mark of the first half and could never recover from the early deficit. Lipscomb would chip away to get the margin down to six late in the opening stanza but the Tigers (5-2) opened things back up quickly in the second half to pull away.
The sluggish start was compounded by an injury to junior guard Josh Williams, who entered the afternoon tied for the team lead in scoring and left the contest in the first half with a lower body injury and did not return.
“Losing Josh was a real blow to our mentality and focus,” said Alexander. “It took us a bit to come out of the fog. We’re obviously praying for Josh and his recovery.”
Lipscomb was led by junior guard J.C. Hampton, who scored a career high 25 points. The Gainesville, Georgia native was 9-of-23 from the field including a trio of 3-pointers. He also went 4-for-4 from the line as the only Lipscomb player in double figures.
Princeton’s Henry Caruso led all scorers with a 24-point, 12-rebound effort as the Tigers had three players with double-doubles in rebounding and scoring. Caruso was joined by Spencer Weisz, who had 21 points and 11 boards, and Amir Bell, who scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
- Junior guard Cam Miller had a career high seven points off the bench for the Bisons.
- Hitting a season low six, 3-pointers, the Bisons snapped a 5-game streak of hitting 10, treys or more. After hitting 4-of-11 in the first half, Lipscomb hit just 2-11 in the final 20 minutes of action.
- Rebounding proved to be a big difference in the contest as the Tigers held a 55-29 overall including a 17-6 advantage in offensive boards.
- The Bisons 64 points and 10 assists were both season lows for the Purple and Gold.
- Lipscomb held a 19-9 advantage in the turnover column but only managed 10 points off the Tigers miscues.
Up next: The Bisons take a quick break in the action for exams before returning to road action on Thursday night at Tennessee State at 7 p.m.