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December 17, 20151st2ndFinal
Tennessee State335689
Stats at a GlanceLIPTSUMBB
FG Percentage.542 (26-48) .483 (28-58)
3P FG Percentage.556 (10-18) .316 (6-19)
FT Percentage.686 (24-35) .675 (27-40)
Offensive Rebounds816
Defensive Rebounds2220
Total Rebounds3036
Bench Points1823
PointsHampton - 25
ReboundsPepper - 13
AssistsMoran - 8
StealsMiller - 4
BlocksMiller - 1
Smith - 1
Men's hoops falls late at Tennessee State
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Men's hoops falls late at Tennessee State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second-straight game J.C. Hampton scored a career-high 25 points and it would not be enough for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team as the Bisons dropped an 89-86 contest to Tennessee State at the Gentry Center on Thursday night in the “Music City.”

It was a game that the Bisons (4-10) led by as many as 15 in the second half but were unable to close the game out as the Tigers (8-2) went to the foul line 34 times in the final 20 minutes and sank 22 while the Bisons were 13-of-21 in the final stanza.

“We didn’t manage things at all in the second half,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We were rarely in sync.  We started forcing shots.  We made some bad turnovers, committed 20 fouls and they shot 34 free throws in the half.  That’s a bad formula for wining a close game.”

Along with Hampton’s 25, the Bisons got 16 from Nathan Moran, 15 from Garrison Mathews.  Cam Miller also finished in double figures with a career-high 10 points.

“Cam is a guy that does everything he’s supposed to do,” said Alexander. “He doesn’t play perfect but he performs his job as well as anybody we have.”

The contest was the first for Lipscomb without All-Atlantic Sun Conference guard Josh Williams, who had surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn ACL suffered in last Saturday’s game against Princeton.

“We’re conditioned to play with what we’ve got,” said Alexander. “It doesn’t matter who we don’t have.  We miss Josh but all we can do is play with the guys that are dressed and ready and expect to win when we do it.”

TSU was led by Tahjere McCall, who scored 25 second-half points en route to a 31-point night to lead all scorers.

Herd notes:

  • Hampton’s 25-point effort marks his fifth game this season with 20-plus points scored.
  • The Bisons placed four players in double figures for the second time this season.
  • TSU held a 36-30 advantage on the boards including 16 offensive rebounds that were converted into 21 second-chance points. Lipscomb was led by freshman Eli Pepper, who tied his career high with 13 boards.
  • The Tigers also won the turnover battle 17-15 and converted those 17 Bisons miscues into 26 points. Lipscomb managed just 10 points off TSU’s 15 blunders.
  • Lipscomb won the shooting battle 54 percent to 48 percent and hit 10-of-18 from beyond the arc for 56 percent. The 18 attempts from deep were the second fewest on the season.
  • Led by eight assists from Moran, the Bisons assisted on 17 of the 26 made field goals.
  • The game feature six lead changes and six ties.

Up next:  Lipscomb returns home on Sunday afternoon to host Austin Peay at 2 p.m. at Allen Arena for Santa with the Bisons. The contest will air live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.