|November 26, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||CIN|
|FG Percentage||.424 (28-66)||.525 (31-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.259 (7-27)||.471 (8-17)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (5-6)||.724 (21-29)|
COOPER - 4
CAUPAIN - 5
COOPER - 1
MARBERRY - 1
CINCINNATI, Ohio – A sluggish start proved to be too much to overcome for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in a 91-68 nonconference loss to Cincinnati at the Fifth Third Arena on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Allowing a 17-2 run to start the game, the Bisons (2-5) could never recover against the Bearcats (5-1). Turnovers helped fuel that fast start for Cincinnati and were problematic all afternoon for Lipscomb as the Purple and Gold were forced into 19 miscues.
“That early deficit was tough,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I was most disappointed that we were just rattled and not ready to play. We talked about going out there and playing to win and we played too tentatively.”
Despite the slow start, the Bisons would use a 15-4 run of their own in the first half to cut the deficit to six at 25-19 but Cincinnati countered with a 7-0 jaunt to open the gap up and Lipscomb would never be within double digits again.
Sophomore guard Garrison Mathews led the way offensively for the Bisons with a 19-point, 7-rebound effort in the loss.
“Garrison was the one guy that looked most like himself today,” said Alexander. “It was great and it’s what he should do. He should play with a lot of confidence and impact the game regardless of who we’re playing against. So I’m proud of him for that.”
- Mathews was joined in double figured by George Brammeier (13) and Josh Williams (10).
- Cincinnati forced 19 turnovers by the Bisons that were converted into 26 points.
- Lipscomb held a 39-31 edge in rebounding including a 15-7 advantage in offensive boards. Mathews led the Purple and Gold with seven rebounds.
- The Bisons were limited to just six trips to the foul line in the contest, making five. Cincinnati took 29 attempts from the charity stripe with 21 makes as Lipscomb was whistled 22 times.
- The game was only the second meeting between the two teams. The Bearcats have won both.
- The Bisons were limited to just two field goals in the first 6:40
Up next: Lipscomb continues road action on Tuesday night taking on rival Belmont at 7 p.m. at the Curb Event Center.