|November 22, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NAVY|
|FG Percentage||.491 (26-53)||.357 (20-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.476 (10-21)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.429 (3-7)||.929 (13-14)|
- 18||Carter Jr.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team got career highs from KJ Johnson and Miles Miller and a double-double from Ahsan Asadullah to take a 65-61 win over Navy on Friday night at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Maryland.
The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Bisons (2-4) and gave them their first road victory of the season.
“I am so proud of and happy for our kids,” head coach Lennie Acuff said. “They have shown amazing resiliency over the past two weeks in dealing with heartbreaking losses and injuries. To be without three key players tonight and to see our freshmen step up on the road against a good team says a lot about our character”
With key players missing the action, Johnson and Miller were thrust into the starting lineup and they each stepped up in a big way.
Johnson finished as Lipscomb’s leading scorer for the fourth time this season, pouring in a career high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting in his first career start.
With the Bisons trailing by two midway through the second half, Johnson ignited an 11-0 run with a layup and a pair of threes that put the visitors in front for good.
Making his second straight start for Acuff’s squad, Miller provided the Bisons with a deep threat they had been lacking in the previous two games.
The 6-foot-2 guard knocked down four triples and scored 12 of his career-high 14 points in the first half, drilling back-to-back deep shots on two different occasions that erased five and four-point deficits for the Bisons.
Asadullah gave Lipscomb three players in double figures with 12 points on 6-of-14 field goal attempts. The sophomore big man also reeled in a game-high 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
The Lipscomb defense played a big role in the victory holding Navy to just 36 percent shooting from the floor – its second lowest output of the season. The Bisons also forced 13 turnovers, blocked six shots and swiped five steals.
- After going a combined 4-for-38 from long distance over the previous two games, the Bisons drilled a season-high 10 threes on Friday and shot a season best 48 percent.
- Johnson scored at least 14 points for the fourth time this season. He has averaged 17 points per game in the two outings this week.
- The home loss for Navy was the first of the season for the Midshipmen in three games.
- Lipscomb improved to 3-0 all-time against the Midshipmen with its second win inside Alumni Hall.
- The game featured 12 lead changes as the Midshipmen came back from a 5-point deficit early in the second half before Jacob Hobbs pushed the Bisons back in front for good with a free throw with 11:14 to play.
- Lipscomb held a 49-36 percent edge in shooting overall. The Bisons went 26 of 53, while the Mids finished 20 of 56.
- After getting to the free throw line at least 12 times in every game this season, Lipscomb managed to hit only 3-of-7 attempts (43%) Friday. Navy was near perfect from the stripe, knocking down 13 of 14 (93%).
- The Bisons led 19-5 in bench points thanks to a career high nine from freshman Carson Cary, who drained both of his attempts from long range and went 1-for-2 from the line. His only career points prior to that was a two-point jumper in the season opener against Rhodes. He played a career high 23 minutes.
- The Midshipmen held a 40-27 edge on the boards including a 16-6 advantage on the offensive end that led to 11 points.
- Hobbs also scored a career high with seven points on a 2-for-3 night behind the arc. He also pulled down three rebounds.
- Six of the 11 players who got in the game for Lipscomb were freshmen. They combined for 51 of the 65 points and all 10 of the three-pointers.
Lipscomb returns to town only to get another short break as the Bisons will venture to Cookeville on Monday to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at 6 p.m. It will be the final game for the team before Thanksgiving.