|December 29, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UTC||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.328 (19-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.233 (7-30)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (18-24)||.647 (11-17)|
Duke Ethridge - 18
PEPPER - 2
WISHON - 2
Dee Oldham - 2
WISHON - 1
BRAMMEIER - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened the second half of the season with a 80-56 nonconference loss to Chattanooga on Tuesday night at Allen Arena in the Music City.
The first half saw the Mocs (11-2) jump out to an early lead but the Bisons would battle back to take a 24-23 advantage when junior forward Brett Wishon sank a layup with 4:15 to go in the stanza. Chattanooga answered with a trey to go up 25-23 before junior guard J.C. Hampton tied the game with a layup of his own at 3:41.
“The lesson learned there is against a good team you can’t have that kind of swing and dig a hole for yourself like that without playing great in the second half,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “
From that point on, the Bisons went stone cold from the floor allowing Chattanooga to take a 40-29 lead into the half behind a 14-3 run. The second half picked up where the first frame left off for the Purple and Gold as Lipscomb shot just 29 percent over the final 20 minutes hitting just 9-of-31.
“I have to give Chattanooga a lot of credit,” said Alexander. “They are very solid defensively. They guard the 3-point line very well and we knew threes were going to be tough to come by. Sometimes you are going to have nights like this and it was bad timing against such a good team where we desperately needed to have a good shooting night.”
Wishon led the Bisons with 14 points off the bench ahead of sophomore center George Brammeirer, who scored a career high 13 points. Hampton added 12 points in the loss.
Chattanooga’s Eric Robertson and Duke Ethridge each scored 18 for the Mocs.
- After tying the game up with 3:41 to play, Lipscomb hit just two of the next 17 shots from the floor.
- Lipscomb held a 39-37 advantage on the boards including a 12-9 edge in offensive rebounding. Freshman Eli Pepper led all Bisons with eight rebounds marking the 12th time this season the newcomer has led the team on the boards.
- Chattanooga forced the Bisons into 14 turnovers while only turning the ball over eight times. That led to a 14-5 advantage in points off turnovers for the Mocs.
- The Bisons owned a 15-13 advantage in second-chance points.
Up next: The Bisons return to action on Saturday at Akron at 6 p.m. at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio.