December 09, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPUT
FG Percentage.397 (25-63) .424 (25-59)
3P FG Percentage.350 (7-20) .318 (7-22)
FT Percentage.824 (14-17) .800 (24-30)
Offensive Rebounds1010
Defensive Rebounds2729
Total Rebounds3739
Bench Points1230
PointsMATHEWS - 22
Williams - 19
ReboundsPEPPER - 15
Williams - 8
AssistsCOOPER - 7
Bone - 6
StealsCOOPER - 2
Turner - 1
Daniel - 1
Williams - 1
Fulkerson - 1
Alexander - 1
BlocksBUCKLAND - 2
Alexander - 4
Strong second half not enough for men's hoops at No. 24 Tennessee
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Strong second half not enough for men's hoops at No. 24 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A strong second-half effort was not enough for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in an 81-71 loss at No. 24 Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.  

“I felt like our team did a great job putting ourselves in position to win,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Tennessee executed and played well. Our guys played hard. Sometimes, it’s just the way the ball bounces. “

After trailing by 13 at the half, the Bisons (6-4) made a second-half run at the Volunteers (7-1) cutting the lead down to 50-47 on a Garrison Mathews old fashioned, 3-point play with 11:20 to play, but Tennessee answered with an 11-3 run to pull away.

The reigning ASUN Player of the Week, Mathews led the Purple and Gold with a game-high 22-point effort, including 19 points over the final 20 minutes of action. Eli Pepper added a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

“Garrison’s mentality changed a little bit early on in the second half,” said Alexander. “He had some success early and can score in bunches.  Eli goes to get the rebounds.  I love his mentality and that’s what he has to give us. That’s his niche on the team and the more that he can do that, the better."

Herd Notes:

  • Tennessee hit 42.4 percent of its shots compared to 39.7 percent for the Bisons.
  • Mathews’ 22 points mark the fifth time this season he eclipsed 20+ points.
  • Kenny Cooper (11) and Michael Buckland (10) joined Mathews and Pepper in double-figure scoring.
  • Lipscomb outscored UT 44-41 in the second half after going into the break trailing 13.
  • The 10-point win was the smallest margin of victory for the Vols at home this season. They had won by scores of 35 (Presbyterian), 31 (High Point) and 24 (Mercer).
  • UT and Lipscomb both drained seven long balls, but it was the home Volunteers who had a 10-point advantage at the line. UT was 24-of-30 (80%), while Lipscomb went 14-of-17 (82%).
  • Led by Pepper’s season high 15, the Bisons controlled the boards for the majority of the afternoon before UT came away with a 39-37 edge at the horn.
  • Cooper dished out a season high seven assists. The Bisons had just 12 as a team.
  • The 22 assists allowed were a season high for the Purple and Gold.
  • Tennessee matched a season high with nine blocked shots. 

Up next: The Bisons return home on Thursday night to host Florida College at 6:30 p.m.  The contest will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call. To purchase tickets call 615-966-HERD (4373) or visit

2017 Lipscomb Men's Basketball vs. Tennessee by Lipscomb Bisons on Exposure