|January 27, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|FG Percentage||.464 (26-56)||.492 (30-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (5-13)||.308 (8-26)|
|FT Percentage||.853 (29-34)||.579 (11-19)|
WALSH - 3
TARKE - 3
JONES - 1
NEWARK, N.J. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team rallied from a 19-point deficit to secure an 86-79 overtime win at ASUN foe NJIT on Saturday afternoon at the WEC in Newark, New Jersey.
After trailing by 14 at the half, the Bisons (14-8, 4-3 ASUN) erupted early in the second half to quickly get back into the game against the Highlanders (10-12, 3-4 ASUN).
“We were disappointed in our first half to say the least,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Our last road trip we played very poorly and I felt like this was the same thing, but our response in the second half was a lot better. We’ve got to find a little bit of mojo and play like we’re a good team, because I think we are.”
Sophomore Matt Rose played a big part of the comeback scoring 18 points in the first seven minutes of the second stanza.
“Matt got off to a tough start this season but in the last 10 to 15 games he’s really shot the ball well,” said Alexander. “He gave us a big lift when threes were not easy to come by. They took them away from us in the first half and he kind of loosened things up for us, so that was huge.”
Lipscomb would also get a big lift from junior Rob Marberry, who tied his career high with a 29-point effort to lead all scorers. The center hit 12-of-18 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line to go along with four assists and a trio of rebounds in the victory.
“Rob delivered for us time after time after time today,” said Alexander. “We need our offense to go through him. For us to be at our best, he has to work really hard to get into position and we have to work hard to get the ball to him. Then we have to take whatever comes from that as a result. That makes everybody else so much better.”
- Lipscomb jumped out to an early 5-point lead in the overtime behind an old-fashioned, 3-point play from junior Garrison Mathews and a layup by Marberry. That set the tone for the extra five minutes.
- Mathews joined Marberry and Rose in double digits with a 19-point contest despite being limited to 26 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble in the first half.
- Lipscomb held a 37-33 edge in rebounding with Eli Pepper snatching a game high 11 boards.
- The Bisons also held a 42-38 edge in points in the paint.
- NJIT notched 12 steals in the contest as part of 17 Lipscomb turnovers that led to 19 points for the Highlanders.
- With the win, Lipscomb improves to 5-1 all-time against NJIT and 3-0 in Newark.
Up next: The Bisons travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Monday night for a rematch of last Wednesday night’s tilt with USC Upstate. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3.