|December 20, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Lips||UVM|
|FG Percentage||.323 (21-65)||.467 (28-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.370 (10-27)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.688 (11-16)||.800 (20-25)|
Jake Wolfe - 5
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Lipscomb men's basketball team had its winning streak come to an end Friday night with an 86-63 setback to Vermont inside Patrick Gymnasium.
Ahsan Asadullah led the Bisons (5-7) with 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to go along with two assists. KJ Johnson also provided 13 points behind a team-high three triples. Michael Buckland added eight points, four rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes.
Vermont (8-5) knocked down eight three-pointers in the first half and shot over 50% for most of the game. The Catamounts put three in double figures, led by Stef Smith’s game-high 20 points. He was joined by Anthony Lamb (16) and Everett Duncan (12).
Lipscomb scored the game’s first points just under a minute into the action when Asadullah finished a feed from Johnson in the paint. It would be the only lead of the night for the purple and gold.
Vermont scored the next 10 points and eventually built a 17-5 advantage before Greg Jones hit a pair of free throws and Mile Miller buried a triple in the corner to get it back to single digits and swing the momentum.
A few minutes later freshman forward Kaleb Coleman connected on a pair of treys, setting up a long distance make from Johnson that brought the Bisons back even at 25-25 with 5:52 left in the first half.
The Catamounts responded with a three of their own on the next possession and then reeled off another 10-0 run, this time to end the half and send Lipscomb to the break trailing 43-29.
Vermont continued its hot shooting in the second half and pushed its lead to 20 with 14:45 to play on a layup from Duncan. The Bisons tried to chip away at the deficit, and eventually got to within 12 after back-to-back buckets from Greg Jones and Johnson with just over seven minutes remaining, but that would be as close as they would get.
- The Bisons hit 21-of-65 field goals (32.3%), 10-of-17 from deep (37%) and 11-of-16 from the charity stripe (68.8%).
- Vermont’s 86 points are the second-most allowed by the Bisons this season - (Xavier – 87).
- Asadullah scored in double figures for the 10th time this season. It marks the third time this season the big man notched 18 points.
- Greg Jones returned to the starting lineup for the first time since at Duquesne on Nov. 15. After scoring 15 and 10 points in his last two outings, Jones pumped in seven points and a season high four rebounds.
- Coleman matched his career high with six points, all of which came in the first half.
- Jake Wolfe scored three points, grabbed three boards and dished a career high five assists. He and Buckland combined for 10 of the team’s 16 helpers.
- Vermont shot 46.7 percent overall (28-60), 43.5 percent from behind the arc (10-23) and 80 percent from the line (20-25).
- The Bisons have allowed 10 or more three-pointers to four of their last six opponents. Prior to that, they allowed such feat just once in six games.
- Lamb became the ninth player in Vermont’s program history to score 1,600 career points in the second half.
The Bisons get one more nonconference tune-up as they travel to the plains of Auburn on Dec. 29 for a 3 p.m. tip. The Tigers will likely be ranked in the top 10 for the meeting.