|January 09, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.491 (27-55)||.492 (32-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.500 (13-26)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (12-16)||.571 (8-14)|
LEWIS - 24
LEWIS - 2
FLEMING - 1
BUCKLAND - 1
HAZEN - 1
ASADULLAH - 1
NASHVILLE – Behind career nights from the one-two punch of Ahsan Asadullah and Michael Buckland, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened up its ASUN home action with an 85-73 victory over Kennesaw State Thursday night in Allen Arena.
“I thought we played really, really well for about 33 or 34 minutes,” head coach Lennie Acuff said. “It was as clean as we’ve played offensively all season. This was a good win for us, and one I am glad to get.”
Asadullah turned in another big performance as the go-to option for Acuff’s squad as the center netted a career-high 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
“Ahsan is such a good player,” Acuff said. “What makes him such a tough player to defend is his ability to pass the ball. If teams choose to double him, he’s going to find the open three. He’s having a great year.”
Buckland also poured in a career high with 25 points to go along with eight rebounds. Six of the senior’s nine made baskets came from deep as he finished 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.
“Ahsan and I are two of the few guys on the team that have been here for more than one year together so you can see the chemistry we have built,” Buckland said.
The Bisons (7-9, 2-1 ASUN) shot 49.2 percent from the floor (32-65) and connected on a season-high 13 threes. It’s the fourth time in the last six games that Lipscomb has drained double-digits from deep after doing so just twice in the first 10 games.
It was clear from the opening minute that the Bisons would feed Asadullah. The sophomore scored the first nine points for the purple and gold and wound up with 18 by halftime.
Following a triple from KSU (1-15, 0-3) that would cut it to a three-point game, Lipscomb mounted an 11-1 behind the long ball to take a 23-10 lead midway through the half. The Owls continued to battle and eventually trimmed the score to 27-23 behind a 9-0 run of their own. However, Lipscomb responded with a pair of layups from Buckland and Asadullah to take a 39-31 lead into the half.
The Bisons came roaring out of the locker room, drilling their first seven field goal attempts, including three from long range, to push the advantage to 56-39 in the first five minutes of the second half.
The lead continued to grow for the home team with another 9-0 run, sparked by back-to-back threes from Buckland and Miles Miller, that extended the lead to 67-46 with eight minutes to play.
“I have learned a lot this year from Coach Acuff, a smart and really good man,” Buckland said. “He’s taught me so much in the small time we’ve been together.”
A few minutes later, after another Buckland triple gave Lipscomb it’s largest lead of the night at 22 points with 5:46 on the clock, the game looked to be in hand. However, it wasn’t.
Kennesaw State quickly erupted for a 17-1 run in span of 3:26 to cut the Bisons lead to six points with 2:20 on the clock. Back-to-back buckets from KJ Johnson and Greg Jones righted the ship and helped Lipscomb sail to victory.
“It seems we have two or three minute pockets every game where we go into a lull,” Acuff said.
- The Bisons outrebounded the Owls 40-25 and won the battle in the paint, 36-28.
- Lipscomb was credited with a season high 20 assists on 32 made buckets, compared to only 13 turnovers.
- Asadullah recorded his second straight double-double and the fifth of the year. He has also scored 20+ points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
- Parker Hazen led the Bisons with a career high 10 boards.
- Greg Jones and Andrew Fleming each added eight points.
- Miller scored six of the team’s 14 bench points. Hazen totaled five and Jacob Hobbs turned in three.
- Johnson scored just two points on 1-3 shooting. His four assists were the second most on the team.
- Lipscomb has now won eight straight games against Kennesaw State.
Lipscomb welcomes North Alabama on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“It’s a short turnaround, but hopefully we can have a big crowd in the arena on Saturday,” Acuff said.