|January 25, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.508 (30-59)||.431 (28-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.364 (8-22)||.222 (4-18)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (9-12)||.857 (24-28)|
CUTHBERTSON - 3
BUCKLAND - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wednesday night’s ASUN Conference battle between Lipscomb and USC Upstate was one of those games that you had to see to believe as the Bisons (12-11, 4-2 ASUN) overcame a 21-point deficit to claim an 84-77 win at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
“The first half was not good at all,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I didn’t think we played with any real purpose and they took it to us in every way that we could. Our guys did a great job of staying with it though.
“What I think I am most pleased with is that there wasn’t anything spectacular. It wasn’t like we went on a 15-0 run and made six threes all of the sudden. We just chipped away.”
Having trailed since the 18:09 mark of the first half, Lipscomb would not take another lead until there was 1:34 remaining in the game when sophomore guard Garrison Mathews sank a pair of free throws bringing the Allen Arena faithful to their feet. Mathews then capped off a 22-point night with a thunderous dunk from a beautiful feed from Cam Miller with 25 seconds remaining and sank a free throw on the old-fashioned 3-point play to put Lipscomb up six on the Spartans (14-9, 4-2 ASUN).
After being held to just 34 points in the opening half, the Bisons erupted for 50 in the second half including 19 from Mathews in the comeback.
- Coming into the game as the NCAA Division I leader in free throws attempted, the Bisons made 28 more trips to the line on Tuesday night hitting 24 for 85.7 percent. USC Upstate hit 9-of-12 for 75 percent.
- After being outrebounded 25-6 in the first half, Lipscomb would hold a 21-14 edge in the final stanza including nine offensive boards. Eli Pepper led all players with 13 rebounds, 10 of which came in the second half.
- Mathews was joined in double figures by Rob Marberry (16), Josh Williams (14) and Nathan Moran (10).
- Lipscomb held a 16-13 advantage in assists as Moran dished out five helpers marking the 10th time this season he has notched five or more assists.
- Turnovers proved to be a big factor in the game as Lipscomb forced 19 Spartan turnovers that led to 29 points. Including 24 in the second half. The Bisons meanwhile turned the ball over a season-low five times.
Up next: The Bisons travel to Newark, N.J. on Saturday for an ASUN road battle at NJIT at 3 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.