|December 17, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||TTU|
|FG Percentage||.528 (28-53)||.467 (28-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (12-26)||.409 (9-22)|
|FT Percentage||.565 (13-23)||.583 (14-24)|
ALEXANDER - 3
MACK - 3
MORAN - 1
KORN - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
COOPER - 1
MILLER - 1
COOPER - 1
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Draining a three with 0.2 seconds remaining, senior guard Josh Williams led the Lipscomb men’s basketball team to an 81-79 nonconference win at Tennessee Tech on Saturday night at the Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tennessee.
“This one definitely feels good,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I told our guys we didn’t need to apologize. We’ve sat in the locker room three times when the last possession decided the game and we thought we could have won. In each case, I thought the team that deserved to win is the team that did. It’s whoever scores the most points.
“I’m very disappointed with how we played though. We’ve got to be a lot better. We didn’t play well enough to win on most nights but we found a way down the stretch and hopefully we’ll learn from that.”
The game-winning shot capped off a 25-point night for Williams as the Jackson, Mississippi native hit 9-of-12 from the field in his season-high effort.
“Josh looked like a veteran out there tonight,” said Alexander. “Even though he turned it over too much, he played with confidence offensively all night long. He wanted the ball and he made a huge three to cut it to a one-point game. Then the next possession makes the game winner. It’s great to see him coming along and doing what we’re used to seeing him do before the injury.”
- Williams was joined in double figures by Garrison Mathews (13) and Michael Buckland (12).
- The Bisons (5-9) opened the game hitting 5-of-6 from the field and then hit just 1-of-12 as the Golden Eagles (4-9) went on a 20-3 run.
- Buckland helped snap the run by scoring eight straight points to pull the Bisons within 31-26 as part of a 12 point night.
- Lipscomb held a 20-12 advantage in assists and a 36-32 edge in rebounding.
- The Bisons were able to overcome a season high 26 turnovers that led to 30 points for Tennessee Tech.
- The Purple and Gold also held a 52.8-46.7 edge in shooting percentage and a 46.2-40.9 edge from beyond the arc.
- Both teams struggled at the line with Tennessee Tech hitting 58.3 percent just above the 56.5 percent for the Bisons.
- The win marks the first victory away from Allen Arena for the Bisons this season in eight tries.
Up next: The Bisons continue road action with a nonconference contest at Austin Peay on Tuesday night at the Winfield Dunn Center at 7 p.m.