|December 15, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UT|
|FG Percentage||.444 (28-63)||.545 (30-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (12-28)||.364 (4-11)|
|FT Percentage||.529 (9-17)||.718 (28-39)|
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A blistering first-half performance was not enough for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team to hang on in a 92-77 nonconference loss to Tennessee on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“We played well enough to win,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “All we talked about coming into the game was expecting to win. We felt like this was a game we could win. We played with great confidence early and had some good fortune, especially offensively. That gave us an extra shot in the arm.
“It’s just not going to be easy to go to Tennessee, or anywhere in the SEC and win on the road. We have to have more poise and a lot better execution. We have to be better when things aren’t going our way in order to win tough games.”
The Bisons (4-9) opened the game by hitting 12 treys in the first half en route to a 58-49 lead at the break. Lipscomb hit 42.9 percent against the Volunteers (6-4) in the first 20 minutes but went ice cold in the second half hitting just 1-of-10.
Reigning ASUN Conference Player of the Week Garrison Mathews posted 20 points in the opening stanza and finished with a team high 28 points marking his third straight game with 20 plus points.
“I love how this team is coming together,” said Alexander. “There’s no doubt that we’re playing better. There’s no doubt that we can do some really significant things but there’s also no doubt that talking about it doesn’t get anything done.”
- Tennessee used a 15-2 run to start the second half to take control of the contest.
- The Bisons 58 points in the first 20 minutes were the most in a stanza since Lipscomb scored 58 against FGCU on Feb. 27, 2014.
- After notching 14 assists in the first half, Lipscomb collected just three helpers in the final 20 minutes of action.
- Lipscomb’s largest lead was 15 with 1:22 to play before the half. The Volunteers closed the frame with a 6-0 run to make it a 9-point contest at the break.
- Mathews also led Lipscomb with eight rebounds as the Bisons were outrebounded 41-29.
- He was joined in double figures by senior guard Josh Williams (16) and junior guard Nathan Moran (10).
- Tennessee’s Grant Williams led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and a 10-of-13 effort at the charity stripe.
- The Volunteers held a 54.5-44.4 advantage in field goal shooting.
Up next: The Bisons continue road action on Saturday taking on Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. in Cookeville.