|November 25, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Lips||TNTech|
|FG Percentage||.500 (30-60)||.357 (25-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (10-26)||.314 (11-35)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (8-12)||.500 (4-8)|
Allen - 1
Sylla - 1
Vick - 1
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Behind another dominant performance from freshman KJ Johnson, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team went on the road Monday night and defeated Tennessee Tech 78-65 in the Eblen Center.
The 13-point victory is the largest the Bisons have had over a Tennessee Tech program in Cookeville. In fact, it’s only the fourth ever win for Lipscomb on the road against the Eagles in 28 meetings.
The Bisons (3-4) shot the ball well from the field, draining 50 percent (30-of-60) overall and making 10 triples in consecutive games for the first time this season. Lipscomb’s defense held its fourth opponent under the 70-point barrier and its fifth opponent to below 40 percent shooting as the Golden Eagles (2-6) totaled a 35.7 clip.
Johnson pumped in 15 of his career-high 23 points in the first half. He was 5-of-8 from the floor ignited by a pair of three-pointers. The Lewisburg native inched into triple-double territory with eight assists and seven rebounds as the Bisons collected their second-straight road win.
Freshman guard Carson Carry continued his recent surge from long range, knocking down 5-of-8 three-point attempts for a career high 15 points.
Ahsan Asadullah just missed a double-double for the second game in a row as the sophomore big man poured in 14 points with nine rebounds and five assists. Andrew Fleming was the fourth Bison in double figures with 13 points and seven rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting.
Lipscomb had eight players see at least 10 minutes of action and got 23 points off the bench.
Tennessee Tech was bottled up for a 25-of-70 from the field (35.7 percent), 11-of-35 on three-pointers (31.4 percent) and 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) at the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles had two players with double figures headed by 17 points courtesy of Jr. Clay, while Jared Sherfield chipped in 11.
Johnson got off to a hot start with 10 points in the first 5:54 of the game, including each of his first two dialups from long distance to give the Bisons a 14-10 lead.
Cary the followed suit a couple minutes later with back-to-back triples to get Lipscomb’s lead back to 20-15 with 11:50 to play. However, by the under-four media timeout, the Eagles had the Bisons in a 7-point hole at 33-26 following three consecutive makes from deep. It was their largest deficit of the game.
Senior Andrew Fleming scored five quick points to help Lipscomb to an 8-0 run of its own and regain the lead at 35-33, but Tennessee Tech came back and drained its seventh three-pointer of the half with 10 seconds on the clock to send the Bisons into the half trailing 36-35.
After the teams traded buckets through the first five minutes of the second half to keep a one-possession game, it was the next five minutes that proved to be the turning point of the night. Lipscomb’s relentless defense forced the Golden Eagles to miss their next eight field goal attempts and cough up the ball three times, while taking advantage with a 15-2 run and pulling ahead by 11 at 56-45.
Freshman Jacob Hobbs capped the run with back-to-back threes in a 40-second span.
Over the final nine minutes of action, Tennessee Tech managed to get back to within seven points on two occasions, but two three-pointers from Cary and eight points from Asadullah put the game away for the visiting purple and gold.
- The game featured 12 lead changes, but the Bisons led for 24:29 compared to just 10:47 for Tech.
- For the contest Lipscomb connected on 10-of-26 from long distance (39%) and 8-of-12 from the charity stripe (66.7%).
- The Bisons dished out a 16 assists – their most since recording 18 in the season opener against Rhodes.
- Lipscomb improves to 21-6 on the road dating back to 2017.
- Johnson scored at least 14 points for the fifth time this season. He has averaged 19 points per game in the last three outings.
- TTU outrebounded Lipscomb 43-36 overall, including 17-7 on the offensive end that turned into 19 second-chance points. It marks the fifth straight game the Bisons have allowed 12 or more offensive boards.
- The Bisons held a decisive 40-22 edge in points in the paint, their second largest total of the season.
- Hobbs scored six points with three rebounds, while Parker Hazen pulled down five boards.
- Miles Miller scored four points and reeled in three rebounds in 17 minutes.
- Fleming pulled down seven rebounds for the third time this season.
Lipscomb gets the next few days off for Thanksgiving before making its third-straight road trip when the Bisons travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on No. 25 Xavier at 11 a.m. (CT) on Saturday.