|January 16, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.406 (26-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.393 (11-28)||.370 (10-27)|
|FT Percentage||.533 (8-15)||.700 (14-20)|
TEAM - 6
Brammeier - 1
HOLDER - 1
CLAYTON - 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior guard J.C. Hampton reached the 1,000-point career mark with a 17-point effort but it would not be enough for Lipscomb men’s basketball in a 76-73 road Atlantic Sun Conference loss to Jacksonville on Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium.
The Gainesville, Georgia native became the 46th member in the history of the Lipscomb basketball program to reach the mark with a pair of free throws in the second half.
“1,000 points is a significant accomplishment for sure,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Hopefully, J.C. would be the first to say that now is not the time to celebrate that. It deserves recognition and he will get it and deserves it. He’s been a great player but we just lost a tough game.”
The contest was a back-and-forth affair that saw the lead change hands 15 times and saw the Bisons (4-16, 0-3 A-Sun) lead as late as 1:10 to go in the contest when sophomore Nathan Moran hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game. The Dolphins (10-10, 2-1 A-Sun) would then answer with six straight points to clinch their 10th-straight win at home.
“I thought we had a great second half on both ends of the floor until the last two or three minutes,” said Alexander. “They made more plays than we did. They scored every possession in the last minute or two and we panicked offensively in two or our last three possessions. We didn’t try to execute anything and decided we were going to try and do it ourselves and we didn’t get good shots.”
The Bisons would have a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but a Hampton shot clanged off the front of the rim avoiding an overtime period in the “River City.”
Combined with Hampton, the Bisons placed four players in double figures as sophomore George Brammeirer scored a career high 16 to go along with 16 from Moran and Garrison Mathews.
Jacksonville’s Josh Adeyeye led all scorers with a 24-point effort behind a career-high seven treys.
- The Bisons went on an 18-6 run to open the second half erasing a 35-29 deficit at the half.
- Lipscomb was outrebounded 45-34 including 15-9 on the offensive glass.
- Free throws were costly as Lipscomb hit 53.3 percent (8-15) from the line while Jacksonville went 14-of-20 for 70 percent.
- After hitting just 5-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Bisons sank 6-of-11 in the final 20 minutes to hold a 39.3 percent to 37 percent advantage from deep.
- Brammeier hit 8-of-12 from the field and grabbed six rebounds en route to his career high.
- The Bisons held a 22-19 advantage in assists including a career high seven by junior Cam Miller, who also added a trio of steals.
Up next: The Bisons return home on Thursday hosting Stetson in the A-Sun home opener at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The contest is slated to air on ESPN3.