|January 28, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|FG Percentage||.352 (19-54)||.526 (20-38)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (9-30)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.731 (19-26)||.500 (17-34)|
GIBBS - 3
NEWARK, N.J. – Sometimes wins do not come in a stylish fashion, especially on the road in ASUN Conference play and that was the case on Saturday afternoon as the Lipscomb men’s basketball team held on for a 66-62 win over NJIT at the Fleisher Family Athletic Center in Newark, N.J.
“I think we were a little bit lucky today,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I’m happy that we made enough plays and found a way to win. We controlled the game even though we weren’t at our best.
The Bisons (13-11, 5-2 ASUN) led by as many as 14 in the second half but the Highlanders (9-14, 1-6 ASUN) refused to go away and used a 15-1 run to erase the margin and tie the game at 57 with 2:22 to play. It would take a quartet of clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds by senior guard Josh Williams and junior guard Nathan Moran along with a pair of charges taken by Cam Miller and Moran in the final two minutes to seal the win.
“Those two charges were really huge,” said Alexander. “NJIT was playing with a ton of momentum. That’s what you have to do. You can’t get passive on defense. The natural reaction is to be reactive defensively and to be passive and a little worried when you’re not your best. Those guys were aggressive though and made significant plays.”
Mathews led all scorers with a 21-point afternoon to go along with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
- The 5-2 start in league play is tops in the Alexander era for the Bisons and the best start since the 2009-10 season when Lipscomb went 6-2 to open conference play.
- The victory marked the first time this season the Bisons have won when shooting below 43 percent from the field. Lipscomb shot 35.2 percent (19-54) while NJIT hit 52. 6 percent (20-38).
- Mathews was joined in double figures by Moran (14) and Marberry (12).
- Free-throw shooting was also a big key in the game as the Bisons hit 19-of-26 (73.1 percent) while NJIT hit just 17-of-34 (50 percent).
- Both teams were plagued by turnovers with Lipscomb claiming a 20-18 edge. Those 20 miscues by NJIT led to 26 points for the Purple and Gold.
- The Bisons also held a 35-28 advantage in rebounding including a 13-5 margin on the offensive glass. Those 13 offensive boards were only converted into 10 second chance points however.
- NJIT dominated with a 22-5 edge in bench points.
Up next: The Bisons travel to ASUN foe NJIT on Monday night for a rematch of Wednesday night’s thriller at Allen Arena that saw Lipscomb prevail 66-62. The contest is slated for a 6 p.m. tipoff and will air live on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.