|December 29, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MU-M|
|FG Percentage||.455 (25-55)||.373 (22-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (10-26)||.200 (4-20)|
|FT Percentage||.677 (21-31)||.683 (28-41)|
MORAN - 3
PURYEAR - 1
SMITH - 1
MARBERRY - 1
KORN - 1
NIKKO - 2
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Able to overcome challenging foul troubles, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team downed Southeastern Conference foe Missouri 81-76 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.
“I’m really excited for the guys in our locker room,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They deserve this win. We talked about winning the game from the very beginning. I felt like we prepared well and Coach Rutigliano did a great job with the scout.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we won and it’s a relief for our guys. It’s another game out of a string of four or five where we’ve played pretty well. Hopefully that’s coming at the right time.”
The Bisons (7-9) led for all but 3:58 in the contest and overcame three players fouling out to down the Tigers (5-7).
Lipscomb was led in scoring by junior guard Nathan Moran, who scored a season-high 22 points hitting five treys. He also knocked down seven free throws and hit 6-of-6 in the final three minutes of action to seal the win for the Purple and Gold.
“Nate’s performance was just gutty,” said Alexander. “That’s just the best way to say it. He played a lot of minutes and made a lot of big plays. He was the guy on our team that wanted the ball the most. He wanted to make the play. He wanted to go to the free-throw line and showed a lot of toughness.”
- The Bisons placed four players in double figures led by Moran. He was joined by Garrison Mathews (16), Rob Marberry (14) and Josh Williams (14).
- Lipscomb held the lead for 31:32 of the contest.
- Missouri held a 30-23 advantage in fouls and went to the free throw line 41 times in the contest. The Tigers owned a 37-23 advantage in free throws until the final minute of action. Both teams shot 68 percent from the charity stripe.
- The Bisons held a 14-10 advantage in turnovers that led to a 16-10 edge in points off turnovers.
- With the foul difficulties in the post, the Bisons were outrebounded 47-34 including 18-7 on the offensive end.
- Lipscomb held a 15-9 edge in assists.
- Eli Pepper led the Bisons with seven rebounds to go with his seven points.
- Jordan Geist led the Tigers with 18 points.
Up next: The Bisons return home to Allen Arena on Jan. 5 to open the New Year hosting Fisk at 6:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action.