|January 14, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.462 (30-65)||.358 (24-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.364 (12-33)|
|FT Percentage||.679 (19-28)||.833 (20-24)|
COOPER - 4
JOHNSON - 2
NORELIA - 2
PEPPER - 1
MATHEWS - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 24-point effort from Josh Williams on Saturday afternoon would not be enough as the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped an 84-80 ASUN Conference decision to FGCU at Allen Arena.
“I was pleased with our effort today,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I thought we played hard enough and our desire to win was there. We just didn’t play well enough to win. FGCU is a good team and you have to play hard and well to beat a good team.”
Williams erupted for 17 points in the second half as he hit four treys for the Bisons (10-10, 2-1 ASUN) helping bring a 14-point deficit down to just two with 2:18 to play, but that is as close as the Purple and Gold would come to overcoming the Eagles (14-5, 3-0 ASUN).
“Josh has made a lot of big shots over his career,” said Alexander. “We know that we can go to him and we know that he’ll deliver. What I’m most pleased with about Josh tonight is he got some great looks early and none of them went down but he put that behind him and got us back in the game.”
FGCU kept the Lipscomb offense out of rhythm most of the night as the Bisons shot just 35.8 percent from the field in the loss.
“I have to give FGCU credit,” said Alexander. “They had us sped up, out of sync and out of rhythm all night long. Our shots at the rim were rushed and our threes were even a little bit rushed early. They get a lot of credit for that. We have got to learn in those moments to just believe in what we’re doing and do it a little better.”
- Williams was joined in double figures by Garrison Mathews (17), Rob Marberry (14) and Nathan Moran (11).
- With his 24-points, Williams moved into a tie for 24th on the all-time scoring chart with Ed White. Williams now owns 1,333 in his career as a Bison and ranks sixth among players in the NCAA Division I era.
- After hitting just two triples on Thursday night against Stetson, the Bisons rebounded with 12 treys on Saturday afternoon. FGCU was held to just five makes beyond the arc.
- The Bisons were solid at the free-throw line hitting 20-of-24 (83.3 percent). Leading the way was Mathews with 7-of-8. FGCU hit 19-of-28 (67.9 percent).
- FGCU held a 45-38 advantage in rebounding. Eli Pepper led the Bisons on the boards with eight.
- Lipscomb held a 16-13 advantage in assists.
- The Eagles dominated in the paint with a 40-20 advantage down low.
- The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Bisons.
Up next: The Bisons hit the road for league action taking on Jacksonville at 6 p.m. The game is slated to air live on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.