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December 30, 20171st2ndFinal
FG Percentage.387 (24-62) .522 (35-67)
3P FG Percentage.400 (10-25) .444 (12-27)
FT Percentage.533 (8-15) .727 (16-22)
Offensive Rebounds815
Defensive Rebounds2134
Total Rebounds2949
Bench Points2720
PointsMATHEWS - 25
Edwards - 23
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Haarms - 5
Sluggish second half sinks men's hoops at No. 14 Purdue
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Sluggish second half sinks men's hoops at No. 14 Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team put together a solid first half of work against No. 14 Purdue, but a sluggish start to the second half proved to be too much to overcome in a 98-66 loss the Boilermakers on Saturday night at Mackay Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Boilermakers (13-2) outscored the Bisons (9-5) 55-28 over the final 20 minutes of action after the two teams battled to a 43-38 game at the break.

“I was really pleased with the first half,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I’m not disappointed at all with our effort in the second half, but we didn’t play nearly as well. Purdue had a lot to do with that. They’re a legitimate Final Four caliber team

“When opportunities presented themselves in the second half that we capitalized on in the first half, we didn’t in the second half. We had a couple of open threes we didn’t make and two front ends of a one-and-one we didn’t convert on. It kind of just snowballed on us.”

Junior guard Garrison Mathews, the reigning ASUN Player of the Week, led all scorers with a 25-point night, his sixth straight game with 20-plus points. Mathews hit 7-of-12 in the first half before the Boilermaker defense clamped down limiting him to just 1-of-8 in the second stanza.

“Garrison went out there from the first possession and was ready to be a Big 10 player and he was,” said Alexander. “I know that they were impressed. Anyone that watched felt like that he was as good as anybody on the floor and I do to.”

Mathews was joined in double figures by sophomore Matt Rose, who added 13 points for the Bisons.

“This was a great environment to play in for us, “said Alexander. “I have no problems with the guys who were wearing purple tonight and what we can do going forward. I’m really excited about that.”

Herd notes:

  • After turning the ball over just once in the first half, Lipscomb committed 10 miscues in the second half. Both teams had 11 turnovers on the night. Purdue held a 15-8 edge in points off turnovers however.
  • The Boilermakers used their height advantage to a 49-29 edge in rebounding including 15 offensive rebounds. They also blocked nine Lipscomb attempts.
  • Lipscomb hit the first six attempts from beyond the arc and then hit just 4-of-19 the rest of the way. Purdue hit 12-of-27.
  • The Bisons held a 27-20 advantage in bench points thanks to Rose’s 13.

Up next:  The Bisons return home on Wednesday night to start the New Year by hosting Fisk at Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The contest will air live on ESPN3.