November 14, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPUA
FG Percentage.329 (23-70) .596 (34-57)
3P FG Percentage.259 (7-27) .333 (6-18)
FT Percentage.579 (11-19) .375 (12-32)
Offensive Rebounds165
Defensive Rebounds3135
Total Rebounds4740
Bench Points1224
PointsMARBERRY - 15
Sexton - 22
ReboundsMARBERRY - 7
TEAM - 7
Reese - 9
AssistsBUCKLAND - 2
ROSE - 2
Sexton - 5
Ingram - 5
StealsCOOPER - 2
Johnson - 3
BlocksMARBERRY - 1
ROSE - 1
Hall - 3
Giddens - 3
Alabama pulls away down the stretch as men's hoops falls 86-64
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Alabama pulls away down the stretch as men's hoops falls 86-64

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team was unable to slow down a hot shooting No. 25 Alabama squad in an 86-64 loss on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (2-0) shot a blistering 59.6 percent from the floor including making nine in a row at one point.  The Bisons (2-1) were also plagued by foul trouble throughout much of the second half that limited the matchup options for Alexander.

“We’re known for being a good offensive team that plays well together but their pressure really got to us,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I didn’t have our team well enough prepared for that.  I was disappointed that our guys kind of lost it in the moment when Alabama made plays and runs. We’ve got a pretty veteran group and I didn’t think we responded in those moments like we need to if we’re going to be good in our league.”

Lipscomb was led by junior guard Garrison Mathews, the reigning ASUN Player of the Week, and junior center Rob Marberry who each scored 15 points in the loss.  Michael Buckland added 13 points as the only other Bison to finish in double figures.

“Michael Buckland especially gave us a big lift,” said Alexander. “He played in control and had a nice game for us and really settled our whole team down. They made Garrison work incredibly hard.  They denied him all over the floor and he forced it a little bit early on.  Once he gained his composure and got used to it a little bit, he adapted and made some better plays for us.”

Herd notes:

  • Alabama hit 59.6 percent to the field to Lipscomb’s 32.9 percent. The figure was bolstered for the Crimson Tide by scoring 50 points in the paint.
  • Despite a marked size disadvantage on the interior, the Bisons held a 47-40 edge in rebounding.
  • Alabama closed the game on an 11-1 run to pull away in the closing minutes of action.
  • Kenny Cooper returned to the lineup for the Bisons after missing the first two games of the season with an injury. Cooper made the start at point guard for the Purple and Gold.
  • Eli Pepper grabbed five rebounds to become just the fifth member of the 500-rebound club in the NCAA era for the Bisons.
  • Marberry’s 15 points came in just 19 minutes of action as the junior was plagued with foul trouble. He hit 7-of-10 from the floor.
  • Lipscomb lost the turnover battle for the second straight game as Alabama held a 16-13 edge in miscues.

Up next:  The Bisons travel to Austin, Texas on Saturday to take on the Texas Longhorns at 4 p.m.  The game will air live on the Longhorn Network.