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November 20, 20171st2ndFinal
Lipscomb Bisons255075
ACU Wildcats254267
Stats at a GlanceLIPACU
FG Percentage.500 (27-54) .446 (25-56)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.700 (14-20) .611 (11-18)
Offensive Rebounds66
Defensive Rebounds2925
Total Rebounds3531
Bench Points306
PointsMARBERRY - 17
ReboundsPEPPER - 13
AssistsCOOPER - 4
StealsKORN - 2
BlocksFRIDAY - 2
Second half surge leads men's basketball past Abilene Christian
Monday, November 20, 2017
Second half surge leads men's basketball past Abilene Christian

ABILENE, Texas – In the first meeting between the two schools since 1959, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team got a 15-point, second-half performance from Matt Rose to lead the Bisons past Abilene Christian 75-67 on Monday night at the Moody Coliseum in Abilene, Texas.

The sophomore guard was quiet in the first half going scoreless before coming alive in the final 20 minutes of action by hitting a trio of three pointers and nailing 6-of-6 from the charity stripe as the Bisons improved to 3-2 on the young season.

“Matt has a reputation of being a shooter but he’s gotten off to a pretty miserable start by his standards through our first four games,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He found a way to make them at the right time tonight. I called his number because I believe in him and he delivered.”

Junior Rob Marberry played a big hand in the win as well with a team-high, 17-point effort as he hit 8-of-14 from the floor.

Plagued by 11 turnovers in the first stanza, the Bisons were held to 25 points at the half by the Wildcats (2-2).   Lipscomb then awoke to outscore ACU 50-42 in the second half propelled by six, 3-pointers.

“I’m glad that we found a way to win a game that we still didn’t play very cleanly,” said Alexander. “Abilene played really hard and we had a lot of respect for them coming into the game.  The environment was good and a really competitive game.

“We played a huge part of the game without Garrison (Mathews) and Eli (Pepper). So this was a huge stepping stone for our team to find a way to win this game.”

Herd notes:

  • The Bisons held a 50-45 percent advantage in shooting for the contest including a 33-30 percent edge beyond the arc.
  • Lipscomb also held a 35-31 advantage in rebounding. Eli Pepper played a large role in that snagging 13 boards.
  • Rose’s 15-point effort is a season high for the Bisons newcomer.
  • Lipscomb also got 10 points from sophomore guard Michael Buckland.
  • ACU’s Tevin Foster led all scorers with 24 points.
  • The game featured 12 lead changes and seven ties.
  • Lipscomb’s largest lead (8) came with 12 seconds to play.

Up next:  The Bisons take a quick break in the action for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the Music City to take on rival Belmont on Monday night at the Curb Event Center