JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a scorching hot first half by Jacksonville at Swisher Gymnasium in an 87-69 ASUN Conference loss on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida.
“I thought our response in practice to the North Florida loss was good,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I thought that we would be ready to go and that we would play better, but it didn’t come easy. Jacksonville got off to a good start and when it was time for us to respond within the game I don’t think we did a very good job. We were never in sync. It was just a bad trip overall but I’m still excited overall about where we are and what we can do. ”
The Dolphins (9-11, 3-0) came out red hot in the first half and blistered the Bisons (11-7, 1-2 ASUN) to the tune of 65.5 percent from the field hitting 19-of-29 to jump out to a 47-27 lead. Lipscomb was the exact opposite in the first stanza hitting just 10-of-32 from the field and 2-of-15 from beyond the arc while committing 11 turnovers. The shooting woes and turnovers led to a scoreless final 4:36 of the first half for the Bisons.
Junior guard Garrison Mathews did his best to help lead a comeback for the Bisons in the second half as he scored 20 of his 23 points after the break. The reigning Lou Henson Award Midmajor National Player of the Week hit 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line as he eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 10th consecutive contest.
The Bisons would pull within 10 at 77-67 with 1:44 to play on a three by Mathews, but turnovers on three consecutive trips sank any comeback attempt for the Purple and Gold.
- Junior Rob Marberry was the only other player in double figures for the Bisons as he scored 13.
- The Dolphins were led by JD Notae, who led three Jacksonville scorers in double figures with 21.
- Jacksonville dominated field goal percentage on the night holding a 62.7 percent to 38.1 percent edge overall and a 46.7 percent to 15.4 percent beyond the arc.
- Lipscomb’s four made threes mark the second lowest number of the season.
- The Bisons owned a 36-33 advantage in rebounding, but the Dolphins dominated points in the paint 44-36 which contributed to their high shooting percentage.
- Free throw shooting went in the favor of the Bisons as Lipscomb hit 17-of-23 (73.9%) while Jacksonville hit just 16-of-30 (53.3%).
Up next: The Bisons return home on Thursday night to host defending ASUN champion FGCU at Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).