|February 20, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.294 (20-68)||.393 (22-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.318 (7-22)||.217 (5-23)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (14-18)||.857 (18-21)|
ASADULLAH - 2
FLEMING - 2
COOPER - 2
MATHEWS - 2
CASIMIR - 2
MERCURIUS - 2
CARLYLE - 1
SCOTT - 1
MERCURIUS - 1
ROSE - 1
COOPER - 1
PEPPER - 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team had its worst shooting night of the season in a 67-61 road loss to Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday night in Fort Myers, Florida.
The Bisons shot just 29.4 percent from the floor and was held to a season-low in points. Those are the worst marks for Lipscomb in 55 games. They shot 29.3 percent and scored 57 points in a road loss at Texas on Nov. 18, 2017.
“They (FGCU) definitely defended us well. Their plan was good and they gave us some problems early,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “I didn’t think we believed in what we were supposed to do offensively when teams guard us the way they did.
“I thought we panicked a little big and got too stagnant, but we also had some good looks that just didn’t go down.”
With 9:30 to play, senior Garrison Mathews drained a 3-pointer from the corner and converted a free throw to give the Bisons their largest lead of the night at 49-42.
From there Lipscomb would go stone cold from the field, hitting just one of its next 14 attempts and watching the Eagles (12-17, 7-7 ASUN) mount a 25-12 run to end the game.
FGCU’s defense held the Bisons to a season-low 33 points in the second half and swatted six shots.
“They guarded us completely different than they did the first time, as they went almost entirely man tonight,” Alexander said. “They switched a lot of screens and let us play 1-on-1 in the post.
“We’ve got really good post players and tonight just wasn’t their night. They have carried us all year long, but we didn’t do enough to help them. We are going to keep throwing it to them.”
Mathews paced the Lipscomb with 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He finished second on the team with seven rebounds and swished three triples, giving him 320 for his career.
Kenny Cooper was the only other Bison in double figures with 13 points. He got a hand on a number of balls to help force the Eagles into 15 turnovers. The ASUN’s second-leading theft man swiped a team-high three steals.
FGCU’s Dinero Mercurius matched Mathews for the game-high with 16 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and went 7-for-7 at the line. Schadric Casimir added 15 points behind three triples.
- The Bisons had won 11-straight ASUN road games before Wednesday’s loss. The last defeat came at Jacksonville on Jan. 13, 2018.
- Lipscomb is now 0-4 on the season when scoring less than 70 points.
- On the flip side, it was the Bisons first loss of the year when holding their opponent to less than 70 points. They are now 12-1.
- Lipscomb shot just 23.1 percent in the second half and scored 12 of its 33 points from the charity stripe.
- The Bisons outrebounded the Eagles 45-42 and came away with 18 offensive boards.
- Brian Thomas recorded six of FGCU’s 10 blocks.
- The loss drops Lipscomb to second in the ASUN standings for the first time this season, one game behind Liberty.
Lipscomb returns to Nashville for its final home game of the regular season. The Bisons will host NJIT at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Allen Arena on senior night. There will be a pregame ceremony for seniors Garrison Mathews, Rob Marberry, Matt Rose, Nate Moran and Eli Pepper.
“We are going to celebrate five guys that have meant a ton to this program,” Alexander said. “They deserve to have a great crowd there to celebrate with them and acknowledge what they’ve done. I can’t say enough about them, but it’s going to be tough to see them go.
“They have been unbelievable men of character and guys that have carried this program to places it’s never been before.”