|January 07, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.446 (29-65)||.474 (27-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.450 (9-20)||.345 (10-29)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (12-18)||.621 (18-29)|
MARBERRY - 4
HOOKER - 2
MORAN - 1
COOPER - 1
MILLER - 1
NIELSEN - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
COOPER - 1
MARBERRY - 1
BUCKLAND - 1
BRAMMEIER - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After being held to a season low 27 point in the first half, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team erupted for 55 points in the final 20 minutes to open ASUN Conference play with a 82-79 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
After shooting just 32 percent overall and 20 percent from beyond the arc in the first stanza that resulted in a 36-27 halftime deficit to the Owls (6-11, 0-1 ASUN), the Bisons (9-9, 1-0 ASUN) turned it up in the second half hitting 59.4 percent from the field and 7-of-14 from deep.
“The game was not a thing of beauty, but I love our team for staying with the game plan and executing down the stretch,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander, who collected his 50th win at Lipscomb. “Today was a great reminder that these ASUN games don’t come easy no matter who you are playing or where you are playing. It wasn’t a matter of not being ready today. It was just a matter of playing a conference game with two pretty even teams.”
The comeback was fueled by an 18-point effort in the second half by sophomore center Rob Marberry, who finished with a game-high 24 hitting 9-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. The Nashville native added seven rebounds, four assists and a block.
The game came down to the final two possessions. With the game tied at 79, a baseline drive by Josh Williams from a beautiful feed from Nathan Moran resulted in the go-ahead bucket and a foul provided some insurance as the veteran sank a free throw to make it an 82-79 game with three ticks of the clock remaining. The Owls were able to inbound the ball to Kendrick Ray for a last-second chance to tie but the shot did not fall as the Bisons opened ASUN play with the win.
- Marberry was joined in double figures by Garrison Mathews (18), Williams (13) and Kenny Cooper (10).
- With his 13 points, Williams surpassed Billy Bennett and climbed into a tie with Malcolm Montgomery in 25th place in all-time scoring at Lipscomb. He now trails Ed White, who finished 1,333 in 24th place.
- The Bisons held a 38-35 advantage on the boards.
- Both teams committed 16 miscues but the Owls held a 27-15 advantage in points off turnovers.
- Both teams finished with 20-plus assists as the Owls led with 21, just ahead of the Bisons 20 helpers. It marked the second-straight game for Lipscomb with 20 or more.
- With the win, the Bisons improved to 9-0 on the season when scoring 80 or more.
- Kennesaw State’s Kendrick Ray led the Owls with a 23-point effort.
Up next: The Bisons continue home action on Thursday night hosting ASUN foe Stetson at 6:30 p.m. The contest will air live on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).