|January 02, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||AKRON|
|FG Percentage||.397 (27-68)||.394 (26-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.324 (11-34)||.406 (13-32)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (8-11)||.625 (15-24)|
JOHNSON - 20
IVEY - 2
JOHNSON - 2
AKRON, Ohio – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened 2016 action with an 80-73 loss to Akron on Saturday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Hitting the floor for the final nonconference tilt of the season, the Bisons (4-13) could not overcome the Zips (11-2) hot shooting from beyond the arc as Akron hit 13 treys.
“Akron is a top-50 team,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They are a really good team and I’m really proud of our guys to go on the road and go toe-to-toe with them and have a chance to win. I wish would have won but overall a good performance for us.”
After trailing 36-29 at the break, Lipscomb opened the second half with a 16-3 run to take a 45-39 advantage
“We started the second half on a huge run and got several shots to go down,” said Alexander. “What I’m most pleased about is that we had had three consecutive halves where we hadn’t shot the ball well. We challenged them and they went out there with confidence and made several threes to give us a great start to the half.”
Junior guard J.C. Hampton led the Bisons with 21 points ahead of fellow classmate Brett Wishon, who scored 12 points behind four 3-pointers. Freshman Garrison Mathews rounded out the scorers in double figures for Lipscomb with 10.
The Zips were led by Noah Robotham and Isaiah Johnson, who each scored 20 points.
- Turnovers were costly in the game for the Bisons as the Zips held a 13-3 advantage in miscues. Akron turned those 13 turnovers into 13 second-chance points.
- The Bisons held a 47-38 advantage in rebounding including an 11-8 edge on the offensive glass. Freshman Eli Pepper led all players with eight marking the 14th time this season he has led the team in rebounding. The 47 rebounds for the Purple and Gold were a season high.
- Lipscomb also held a slim 39.7-39.4 advantage in shooting percentage.
- Saturday night was the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the hardwood.
- The Bisons outscored Akron 26-16 off the bench.
- Hampton has now scored 20-plus points in four of the last five contests.
Up next: The Bisons continue road action next Saturday opening Atlantic Sun Conference action at Kennesaw State. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. tip on ESPN3 at the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Georgia.