|January 27, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|FG Percentage||.456 (26-57)||.381 (24-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (15-35)||.265 (9-34)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.789 (15-19)|
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NEWARK, N.J. – Able to withstand a second-half surge by NJIT, the Lipscomb men’s basketball downed the homestanding Highlanders 81-72 in an Atlantic Sun Conference contest on Wednesday night at the Fleisher Athletic Center.
After leading 40-31 at halftime, the Bisons (7-16, 3-3 A-Sun) saw NJIT (11-11, 2-4 A-Sun) go on a 9-0 run to open the half and erase the cushion. The first-ever meeting between the two schools would remain close until Lipscomb went on a 10-0 run to take a 64-56 advantage midway through the final stanza.
Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander after the game reflected on what this win means for his club after the Bisons opened A-Sun play 0-3.
“Even in the midst of playing well in some of those games, we couldn’t find a way to win and get over the hump. That is ultimately what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to put yourself in position to win and we had done that a couple of times but came up empty. So that’s a tough hurdle to get over.
“I love our guy’s resiliency and being able to stay with it. I believe their togetherness is why we’ve been able to do that. They trust each other and they fight for each other. We’re playing better. We’re winning and hopefully this will be a confidence builder and we can keep going.”
Two days after being named A-Sun Newcomer of the Week, freshman guard Garrison Mathews led all scorers with a 19-point effort to go along with nine rebounds and four assists.
“Garrison has played well in every conference game we’ve had,” said Alexander. “I’m proud of him and his effort. He’s given us a nice offensive weapon with some size. J.C. and Nathan have been our scorers and he gives us a third scorer and much of what we lost with Josh (Williams).”
Sophomore guard Nathan Moran finished just behind Mathews with 18 points and added seven assists and four key steals in the contest.
Junior guard Cam Miller added 11 points ahead of Eli Pepper and J.C. Hampton, who scored 11 and 10, respectively, as Lipscomb placed five players in double digits.
Damon Lynn and Tim Coleman each had 17 points to lead the Highlanders.
- The game was delayed 58 minutes due to late arrivals by the Bisons and the game officials because of virtual gridlock traffic in Newark. It took Lipscomb over an hour and a half to travel the five miles from the hotel to the arena.
- The Bisons posted 20 assists on 26 made field goals led by Moran’s seven. Hampton added six as the duo combined to post 13 assists and only one turnover.
- Lipscomb combined to hit 15 treys in the game led by six from Moran. The Bisons took 35 attempts for a 42.9 percentage from beyond the arc. The Highlanders hit just 9-of-34 for 26.5 percent.
- Overall, the Bisons held a 45.6 percent to 38.1 percent advantage in shooting.
- NJIT held a slim 16-15 advantage in turnovers and claimed a 39-33 advantage on the boards including 13 offensive rebounds but they managed just 10 second-chance points.
- The win snapped an eight game skid on the road for the Bisons.
- Free throw shooting was solid for both teams as Lipscomb hit 14-of-17 compared to 15-of-19 for the Highlanders.
Up next: The Bisons return home on Saturday to host USC Upstate at 4 p.m. for Star Wars Day and the annual Adoption Rally. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com