November 18, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPUT
FG Percentage.293 (17-58) .509 (29-57)
3P FG Percentage.087 (2-23) .188 (3-16)
FT Percentage.808 (21-26) .576 (19-33)
Offensive Rebounds107
Defensive Rebounds2828
Total Rebounds3835
Bench Points1928
PointsMATHEWS - 17
Roach II - 16
ReboundsBUCKLAND - 7
Bamba - 10
AssistsBUCKLAND - 1
Jones - 4
StealsMATHEWS - 1
Bamba - 1
Febres - 1
Coleman - 1
Davis Jr - 1
Young - 1
BlocksBamba - 5
Solid start fizzles for men's basketball against Texas
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Solid start fizzles for men's basketball against Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – After playing a solid first 10 minutes of the first half things fell apart quickly for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in an 80-57 loss to Texas at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

When back-to-back free throws by Eli Pepper went down with 8:56 remaining in the first half, things looked good for the Bisons (2-2) as the Longhorn lead was cut to 18-16, but the final eight minutes proved to be a disaster for the Purple and Gold.  Texas (3-0) would close out the frame with an 18-6 run for a 36-22 lead.

Texas then came out and opened the second stanza with a 12-4 run to push the lead to 22 and put the game away quickly.

“I thought we played with great confidence early,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Offensively, we challenged them at the rim a few times which were good decisions.

“So I love the mentality that we came out with.  The Alabama game last time out helped us be prepared for this one and this one will be more prepared for the next one. We kept playing and that’s where the growth is today. We continued to play and we talked about it during our eight minute and four minute timeouts.  Those are things we can point to that are going to help us get better.”

Garrison Mathews led all scorers with 17 points, all in the second half after playing just five minutes due to foul trouble in the first half.  Rob Marberry joined Mathews in double figures with 10 points.

“We’re a really good three-point shooting team and we were 2-for-23,” said Alexander. “We’re a really good assist team, top-10 in the country last year and we had two assists and 17 turnovers. We’re going to really struggle when that happens, no matter who we are playing.  With those kinds of numbers, Texas had the largest part to do with it, but when we have opportunities we have to make the most of them and we didn’t.”

Herd notes:

  • The Purple and Gold led both teams in free throw shooting hitting 80.8 percent (21-of-26) while Texas hit just 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the charity stripe.
  • The Bisons struggled from beyond the arc missing the first 13 attempts and hitting just 2-of-23.
  • Lipscomb’s 22 points in the first half were the fewest since Feb. 7, 2015 when the squad scored just 20 at Northern Kentucky.
  • Texas held a 51-29 percent advantage in field goal percentage including a 44-30 edge in points in the paint.
  • The Longhorns held a 17-12 edge in turnovers that lead to a 15-10 lead in points off turnovers.
  • Lipscomb held a 38-35 edge rebounding including a 10-7 advantage in offensive boards. Michael Buckland led the Bisons with seven rebounds.

Up next:  The Bisons travel to Abilene Christian on Monday night at 7 p.m.  The Wildcats will provide pay-per-view coverage via Stretch Internet.