|November 29, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||BEL|
|FG Percentage||.423 (22-52)||.404 (23-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.063 (1-16)||.200 (6-30)|
|FT Percentage||.680 (17-25)||.750 (12-16)|
MATHEWS - 3
MCCLAIN - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore center Rob Marberry led the way for the Bisons on Tuesday night with a 24-point, seven-rebound effort in the 139th renewing of the “Battle of the Boulevard” but it would not be enough as the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a heart wrenching 64-62 nonconference contest to Belmont at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This one was tough,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I hate it for our kids. I thought we were a different team today. We didn’t play great offensively but we played really hard. We played with a lot of guts and fight. Our guys responded and executed defensively against a traditionally great offensive team. I just hate that we didn’t finish the game.”
The Bisons (2-6) used that stifling defensive effort in the first half to jump out to a 37-24 lead at the break and led by as many as 18 in the second half but a surge by the Bruins (2-3) was capped off by a layup by Dylan Widner to secure the win for Belmont with 0.4 seconds remaining.
The perfect 11-for-11 performance from the field by Marberry was the most by any ASUN Conference player in the last decade without a miss and the most for a Bison since 2008 when Michael Teller was a perfect 8-for-8 against USC Upstate.
“It was great for Rob to have a night like this,” said Alexander. “You can’t expect something like this every night but he had a really great year last year and a great preseason. He just hasn’t been able to put it together for us yet because he’s been in foul trouble a lot. Hopefully, this will settle him down and let him know that he belongs and he’ll be a real force for us from this point.”
- Lipscomb held the lead for 36:47 compared to just 1:56 for the Bruins.
- Both teams struggled from beyond the arc as Lipscomb went 1-of-16 and Belmont hit just 6-of-30. The Bisons lone trey came with 19:21 to play in the game as Nathan Moran gave Lipscomb an early 40-24 lead in the second half.
- Marberry, who tied Belmont’s Evan Bradds for the game high, was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Garrison Mathews, who scored 12 points and added five rebounds.
- Lipscomb held a 42-34 advantage in the paint and a 16-15 edge in points off turnovers.
- The Bisons also held a slim 42.3-40.4 percent lead in shooting percentage.
- The 37-24 lead at the half for Lipscomb was the first lead at intermission for the Bisons since Jan. 11, 2010 when the Purple and Gold claimed a 64-53 win over the Bruins.
- The two teams will meet again on Tuesday at Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m.
Up next: The Bisons return home on Thursday night to host nonconference foe Tennessee Tech for the inaugural Latino Heritage Night at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive a special t-shirt commemorating the night.