|December 29, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Lips||AUB|
|FG Percentage||.386 (22-57)||.517 (31-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.238 (5-21)||.375 (12-32)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.706 (12-17)|
Hazen - 4
Asadullah - 4
TEAM - 4
Miller - 3
Buckland - 2
McLemore - 2
Wiley - 3
AUBURN, Ala. - Playing its final nonconference contest of the year, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team was unable to overcome the length of the No. 8 Auburn Tigers in an 86-59 loss Sunday afternoon on The Plains.
Despite being outrebounded 43-28 and giving up 31 combined points to Danjel Purifoy and Jamal Johnson, the Bisons (5-8) had their chances against what is now one of only two undefeated teams in the country.
“I thought it was a lot like our other guarantee games where we hang and hang, but we’re unable to make the plays late to get over the hill,” head coach Lennie Acuff said. “If Auburn shoots it from three like they did today, they are going to be really hard to beat, especially in this place.
“In the second half when we took Ahsan (Asadullah) out we couldn’t get a rebound, and Auburn’s physicality was a problem for us. I thought we played really hard and we competed, but we will continue to get better that’s for sure.”
Lipscomb came out of the gate firing after Michael Buckland knocked down a pair of triples to bookend a 10-2 run to open the game.
However, Auburn began to find its stroke with three consecutive three-pointers and eventually took the lead on a jumper from Johnson. The Tigers closed the half on a 21-7 run over the final 9:25 and held the Bisons without a point for over seven minutes to take a 40-25 advantage into the half.
On an afternoon where the Bisons had trouble scoring, freshman K.J. Johnson found a way to make things happen. The freshman scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the second half after connecting on 6-of-7 attempts from the free throw line.
After the Tigers pushed their lead to 19 on three from Purifoy early in the second half, Lipscomb got back-to-back threes from Buckland and Johnson to keep the Bisons hanging around.
With just under 12 minutes remaining, senior Andrew Fleming hustled for an offensive rebound and got the ball to Johnson on the wing. He was fouled on a three-point attempt drained all three shots from the charity stripe to trim the Bisons deficit to 11 at 55-44.
From that point on the Bisons simply couldn’t get the ball in the net, despite a number of good looks from around the floor. Auburn took advantage, and after pushing the lead to 16, the Tigers mounted a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Auburn hit 12 threes en route to its highest scoring output since Nov. 18.
Asadullah scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds in 24 minutes after being plagues with foul trouble. Buckland joined him in double figures with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
- The Bisons shot 22-of-57 from the floor (39%), 5-of-21 from three (24%), and 10-of-15 from the line (67%).
- Auburn made 31-of-60 field goals (52%), 12-of-32 from deep (38%) and 12-of-17 at the stripe (71%).
- Fleming scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds after getting back in the starting lineup.
- Miles Miller scored six points off the bench and matched Buckland for the team high with three assists.
- The Bisons turned the ball over 13 times and were credited with 10 assists.
Lipscomb opens ASUN Conference play Thursday on the road at Stetson. The Bisons and Hatters will get things going at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.