|February 25, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.407 (24-59)||.317 (20-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.267 (4-15)||.125 (4-32)|
|FT Percentage||.875 (21-24)||.867 (13-15)|
HAMPTON - 2
MATHEWS - 2
MORAN - 1
BUTLER - 1
MATHEWS - 1
PEPPER - 1
MORENA - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hitting just four shots from beyond the arc, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a 73-57 Atlantic Sun Conference decision to Kennesaw State on Thursday night at Allen Arena in Nashville.
“Tonight was a miserable performance and a miserable night on our bench,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We’ve got some soul searching to do or it will be a quick tournament appearance for us next week.
“We never really had any momentum. We were able to keep the game close but we weren’t doing anything spectacular by any shape or form. We laid a complete egg and that’s my fault.”
The Bisons (11-20, 7-7 A-Sun) struggled from deep all night hitting just 4-of-32 after entering the night averaging 10.4 treys per game.
“I think that was a combination of trying too hard once things weren’t going our way for sure and we ended up taking a lot of marginal threes down at the end of the game,” said Alexander. “We were trying to make some just to get back in it.”
Lipscomb was led by freshman guard Garrison Mathews with a 16-point effort. He was joined in double figures by sophomore center George Brammeier, who scored 15 points just one off his career high.
The Owls (11-19, 7-7 A-Sun) were led by Kendrick Ray, who scored a game-high 24 points to lead Kennesaw State.
- Lipscomb honored J.J. Butler, Talbott Denny, Dylan Greene, Charles Smith and David Wishon in a pregame ceremony in their final regular-season appearances at Allen Arena.
- The Bisons quartet of threes was a season low, as was the 12.5 percent from deep. The previous low was 22.9 also against Kennesaw State.
- Behind a 1-of-19 effort from beyond the arc, Lipscomb shot just 27.3 percent in the final 20 minutes en route to a 32.3 percent mark for the game. Kennesaw State finished the night 24-of-59 for 40.7 percent overall.
- The 57 points were the second fewest on the season for Lipscomb narrowly surpassing the season low of 56 set against Chattanooga.
- The contest marked the first game this season that sophomore guard Nathan Moran did not hit a trey. Moran entered the game with a three in all 30 games this season having last come up empty in the semifinals of the A-Sun tournament last season.
- Lipscomb managed a 41-35 advantage in rebounding led by eight from Mathews. The Bisons grabbed 18 offensive rebounds but managed just 19, second-chance points.
- The Bisons turned the ball over 20 times, the second most on the season, leading to 21 points for the Owls.
Up next: The Bisons open the 2016 Atlantic Sun Championship as the No. 6 seed in the tournament at No. 3 seed Jacksonville on Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Florida at 6 p.m.