|November 09, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.404 (23-57)||.375 (24-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.433 (13-30)||.281 (9-32)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.813 (13-16)|
Jackson - 6
Jones - 6
Jackson - 1
Lawrence - 1
Jones - 1
NASHVILLE – Playing Middle Tennessee on campus for the first time since 1961, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with the Blue Raiders for 40 minutes, but a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining proved to be the difference in a 73-70 loss for the Bisons on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena.
After MT (2-0) evened things up at 66-66 with a triple from Antonio Green with less than two minutes on the clock, the Bisons (1-1) took a brief lead when Ahsan Asadullah got a turnaround jumper to go down with 39 seconds to play.
The lead would be short-lived however, as C.J. Jones did what he had done all day, burying a clutch three-pointer to put the Blue Raiders on top for good. The visitors nailed four free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Asadullah led the Bisons with 18 points and a career high 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double. The sophomore also blocked three shots and swiped a pair of steals. He was joined in double figures by Andrew Fleming (15), Michael Buckland (12) and Jake Wolfe (12).
Offense was hard to come by in the first half by both sides.
After Lipscomb took a 7-2 lead behind Asadullah’s first-career triple, the Bisons missed their next nine shots. Fortunately for home team, Middle Tennessee was equally as cold as the Blue Raiders converted on just three of their first 14 attempts.
MT would eventually warm up with Jones knocking down four of the team’s eight three’s in the first half. The Blue Raiders sunk six straight field goals and turned a five-point deficit into a 13-point lead with under four minutes remaining in the first half, 37-24.
Lipscomb got the crowd on their feet with a 7-0 run in the final two minutes with a triple from Wolfe, a pair of free throws by Asadullah and a layup by KJ Johnson just before the buzzer to send the Bisons into the locker room trailing 37-31.
It didn’t take long for the Bisons to pull back even as Asadullah asserted his presence down low after halftime. The sophomore center scored six of his eight second-half points in the first five minutes to help make it a 49-49 game.
With the time winding down and the Blue Raiders leading by nine, the purple and gold got back-to-back long balls from Wolfe and Buckland to start a 12-0 run and give Lipscomb the lead at 63-60 and set the stage for the final act.
Lipscomb shot 38 percent from the field making 24 of 64 field goals, including a 9 for 32 mark from deep. Middle Tennessee hit 43 percent on 23 of 57 shooting with 13 three-pointers.
- Asadullah shot 6 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 8 from the charity stripe. It was the second double-double of his career.
- Fleming added seven rebounds and four assists for the second straight game.
- The Bisons outrebounded the Blue Raiders 41-35, including 12-6 on the offensive end.
- Lipscomb dominated in the paint, 28-14.
The Bisons will travel across town for their first road game of the season when they visit Tennessee State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.