|January 30, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.443 (31-70)||.391 (25-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.235 (4-17)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (22-30)||.841 (37-44)|
HAMPTON - 3
SMITH - 1
HOLMES - 1
MOORE - 1
WHITTINGTON - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite tying the school record with 37 made free throws, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team came up one point short in a 92-91 overtime Atlantic Sun Conference loss to USC Upstate on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair all afternoon with 18 lead changes and neither team ever leading by more than six points. USC Upstate (8-16, 2-5 A-Sun) limited the Bisons (7-17, 3-4 A-Sun) aerial attack as Lipscomb hit just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc, a season low in treys.
“I didn’t do a good enough job of getting us into the right positions to get good shots and then we didn’t shoot the ball well,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Our team only making four, threes is tough and that’s against a team that was 346 out of 351 in defensive efficiency and field goal percentage. Obviously we weren’t prepared enough.”
The Bisons placed six players in double figures led by junior guard J.C. Hampton, who scored 17 points. Nathan Moran finished with 16 including three free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to send the game into an extra frame. Cam Miller collected a career-high 14 points in the loss with six points coming in overtime.
George Brammeier and Garrison Mathews added 13 apiece ahead of Brett Wishon, who scored 11 off the bench for the Purple and Gold.
Upstate’s Mike Cunningham led all scorers with a 23-point afternoon including an 11-of-11 effort from the charity stripe to go along with nine rebounds and six assists.
“Upstate played great and with tremendous heart and confidence all day,” said Alexander. “They outplayed us and deserved to win the game.”
Inside the herd:
- The Bisons hit 37-of-44 from the charity stripe, both of which were season highs, for 84.1 percent. The Spartans went 22-of-33 from the line for 73.3 percent.
- Upstate held a huge 52-35 advantage on the boards including a 26-12 edge in the first half. The Spartans also held a 20-12 lead in offensive rebounds.
- After posting five-straight games of 20-plus assists, the Bisons notched just 12 helpers in the loss.
- Lipscomb owned a 24-15 edge in turnovers which resulted in 25 points.
- The Bisons also held a 40-32 edge in points in the paint.
Up next: The Bisons continue home action on Monday night hosting A-Sun newcomer NJIT for the first time at Allen Arena. Tipoff is slate for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.