January 24, 20161st2ndFinal
FGCU383775
Lipscomb514091
Stats at a GlanceFGCULIP
FG Percentage.421 (24-57) .552 (32-58)
3P FG Percentage.235 (4-17) .576 (19-33)
FT Percentage.852 (23-27) .889 (8-9)
Offensive Rebounds115
Defensive Rebounds2225
Total Rebounds3330
Turnovers1313
Steals67
Bench Points3134
LeadersFGCULIP
PointsNORELIA - 19
HAMPTON - 26
ReboundsNORELIA - 8
MORAN - 6
AssistsGREENE Jr - 2
MORAN - 8
StealsDEBOSE - 2
TERRELL - 2
HAMPTON - 2
BlocksTERRELL - 2
MATHEWS - 1
PEPPER - 1
Blizzard of 3's drop for men's hoops in win over FGCU
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Blizzard of 3's drop for men's hoops in win over FGCU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With an NCAA era school-record 19, 3-pointers floating down like the snow outside Allen Arena did on Friday, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team melted FGCU 91-75 in an Atlantic Sun Conference contest on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a game like this,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “What I’m most proud of is that there wasn’t anything fluky about the win.  Our guys just competed and we won a lot more of the possessions then they did.

“That’s the mentality that we have to have and I hope this will help our guys believe that we can be a good team.  It won’t mean anything when we go to NJIT unless we recognize that and build on it.”

The Bisons (6-16, 2-3 A-Sun) came out on fire hitting 9-of-11 from beyond the arc to start the game and built an early 14-point advantage over the Eagles (13-8, 4-1 A-Sun).  The lead would grow to as many as 23 in the second half as the 3-point barrage continued.

“I told our guys that I think that’s a product of us getting good shots,” said Alexander. “I don’t care how many we shoot. I think we’re going to make a high percentage if we get high-quality shots that are on the line by the right shooters.  Today we did that.”

The deep-ball onslaught was led by junior guard J.C. Hampton, who drained six from deep en route to a career-high 26 points.  The Gainesville, Georgia native was joined in double figures by four other Bisons as Garrison Mathews scored 15, Brett Wishon netted 14 and Nathan Moran dropped in 13.  Cam Miller added a career high 12 as well.

FGCU was led by Marc-Eddy Norelia, who had a 19-point afternoon.

Herd notes:

  • Along with the school record 19, treys, Lipscomb set a new NCAA-era high for 3-point shooting percentage hitting 57.6 percent from deep.
  • The Bisons 11, first-half triples were the most in a half in 2015-16 for the Purple and Gold. Moran, Mathews and Hampton each had three.
  • The 51 first-half points tied the contest against Oakland City for the most points in a half this year.
  • Lipscomb held a 23-7 advantage in assists and assisted on 14 of the first 16 shots from the floor.
  • The Bisons held a 55.2-42.1 advantage in shooting percentage for the contest.
  • Lipscomb’s win snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Eagles.

 

Up next:  The Bisons travel to NJIT for the first time in school history on Wednesday.  The A-Sun contest tips off at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.