|November 12, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MOR-M||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.407 (22-54)||.400 (20-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (3-15)||.333 (7-21)|
|FT Percentage||.885 (23-26)||.750 (30-40)|
GREEN - 7
BAKER - 1
GREEN - 1
HARRIS - 1
HENSON - 1
FLEMING - 1
KORN - 1
MATHEWS - 1
COOPER - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 77-70 win over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon at Allen Arena in Nashville.
The game was tight throughout with Lipscomb managing to reach a double-digit lead on only two occasions at 11 and 10 points, respectively, as the Eagles (0-2) refused to back down.
“We gave Morehead State a lot of confidence I thought,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We were very shaky today. I don’t feel like in either of our games our offense has been in rhythm. I’m sure not having a traditional point guard on the floor has something to do with that but we have a lot of veteran guys that have had a lot of success offensively. So, I’m disappointed that we’re not more efficient and sharper with what we’re doing.”
The Bisons got 25 points from junior guard Garrison Mathews, who hit 5-of-10 from the field to go along with four treys and 11 free throws. He was joined in double figures by fellow junior Rob Marberry, who collected his third-straight double-double with 18 points and a career best, 13 rebounds, and Eli Pepper and Andrew Fleming, who scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Miscues proved costly for the Bisons in the contest as the Purple and Gold coughed up the ball 21 times that resulted in 21 points for the Eagles.
“21 turnovers combined is terrible. We have a guy with five, a guy with seven, a guy with four and a guy with three. We’ve got to fix that. Just finding a way to win though is very important. It’s nice to not play your best and be a little out of sync against teams that are playing really hard and really well but still win the game. ”
- The 2-0 start for the Bisons is the first since the 2006-07 season. The team has never gone 3-0 in the NCAA Division I era. The last 3-0 start for the program was at the turn of the century when the Bisons went 16-0 to start the year en route to a 34-4 record.
- Both teams were nearly identical in shooting percentage with Morehead hitting 40.7 percent just ahead of Lipscomb’s 40.0 percent mark. The Bisons held a decided advantage beyond the arc where the Purple and Gold hit 7-of-21 for 33.3 percent ahead of the Eagles 3-for-15 effort for 20 percent.
- Lipscomb held a 39-30 edge in rebounding including a 17-12 edge on the offensive glass.
- Eli Pepper finished the game with nine rebounds leaving the veteran one short of 500 career rebounds.
Up next: The Bisons travel to No. 25 Alabama on Tuesday night to take on the Crimson Tide at 7 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The game will air live on the SEC Network.