November 13, 20161st2ndFinal
Lipscomb294675
Morehead State414889
Stats at a GlanceLIPMOS
FG Percentage.391 (18-46) .508 (32-63)
3P FG Percentage.360 (9-25) .267 (4-15)
FT Percentage.714 (30-42) .677 (21-31)
Offensive Rebounds720
Defensive Rebounds1626
Total Rebounds2346
Turnovers2018
Steals611
Bench Points2548
LeadersLIPMOS
PointsGarrison MATHEWS - 27
DeJuan MARRERO - 17
ReboundsTEAM - 5
DeJuan MARRERO - 16
AssistsNathan MORAN - 6
Malik MAITLAND - 8
StealsKenny COOPER - 2
Miguel DICENT - 2
Malik MAITLAND - 2
DeJuan MARRERO - 2
Djimon HENSON - 2
BlocksGeorge BRAMMEIER - 2
Ty'Quan BITTING - 2
Sluggish start too much to overcome for men's basketball at Morehead State
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Sluggish start too much to overcome for men's basketball at Morehead State

MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team dug an early deficit in the first road game of 2016-17 and could never recover in an 89-75 nonconference loss to Morehead State on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Arena in Morehead, Kentucky.

“We just weren’t prepared enough to play a really good team on their home floor,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We were shell shocked in the first half and they took it to us every way they could.  We were scared to play offense and we weren’t gritty enough defensively.”

The Bisons (1-1) fell behind 12-0 right out of the gate and suffered through three scoring droughts of four-plus minutes of action.  Despite the scoring woes, Lipscomb refused to back down even after falling behind by 22 early in the second half. A 16-1 run fueled by 10 points from Nathan Moran cut the margin down to seven points with 9:22 to play but the Eagles (2-0) used a 6-0 run to quickly regain their comfortable cushion and never looked back.

“I felt good about the effort as the game went on,” said Alexander. “We showed a lot about how we stayed with it.  It’s a 40-minute game and we talk about that all the time. I’m pleased that we gave ourselves a chance and made some plays with some energy down the stretch. “

A big part of the second-half surge for Lipscomb was powered by sophomore guard Garrison Mathews, who matched his career high with a 27-point effort. 21 of his game-high 27 points came in the second half as the Franklin, Tennessee native dropped five treys

Herd notes:

  • Mathews scored 16 of the Bisons last 18 points in the contest.
  • The Bisons placed four players in double figures as Mathews was joined by Kenny Cooper (11), Josh Williams (10) and Moran (10).
  • Turnovers played a large role in the loss for the Bisons as Lipscomb committed 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. For the game, Morehead held a 20-18 edge after the Purple and Gold did a better job of hanging onto the ball in the second half.
  • Free-throw shooting helped keep the Bisons in the game as Lipscomb hit 30-of-42 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe. Morehead State hit 21-of-31 from the line.
  • The Eagles held a decided 46-23 advantage in rebounding including a 20-7 edge in offensive rebounding. Those 20 offensive rebounds led to 20, second-chance points.
  • Morehead State placed five players in double figures led by DeJuan Marrero, who posted a double-double with 17 points and a career high 16 rebounds.
  • The contest was just the second ever meeting between the two teams and the first since 1958.

 

Up next:  The Bisons return home on Tuesday night to host Piedmont at Allen Arena.  The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.  To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).