|January 11, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UNA||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.424 (25-59)||.382 (21-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.455 (10-22)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.815 (22-27)||.613 (19-31)|
Windeler - 1
James - 1
Anderson - 1
NASHVILLE – Despite a career-high 21-point effort from Greg Jones, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team was unable to hang on down the stretch as North Alabama defeated the Bisons 82-69 Saturday afternoon in ASUN Conference action at Allen Arena.
After back-to-back layups from Ahsan Asadullah and KJ Johnson put the purple and gold on top by eight with 9:07 left to play, the Bisons went ice cold from the field. Over the next 7:53 the only points for Lipscomb came via the free throw line, missing its next eight field goal attempts.
“First I have to tip my hat to North Alabama because Tony (Pujol) has done a great job with that program,” head coach Lennie Acuff said. “This was a really frustrating loss for us. We were up pretty good midway through the second half and things just didn’t go our way.
“North Alabama made every single play down the stretch and we got really cold. I didn’t do a good enough job of stopping that run. We just have to get better.”
The Lions took the lead for good on a three-pointer from Jamari Blackmon at 5:25 after closing the game on a 30-9 run.
Greg Jones came up clutch time and time again for Lipscomb as the sophomore guard connected on 5-of-7 triples and scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, in each half.
“I am really happy for Greg,” Acuff said. “He played really well for us and made some tough shots. We have to have that from him down the stretch as we get into the meat of the conference schedule.”
Asadullah finished 6-of-11 from the floor with 17 points, five rebounds and a team-high six assists. He also added three blocks and a pair of steals.
Senior Andrew Fleming was the only other Bison in double figures with 11 points to go along with six boards.
Lipscomb shot 38.2 percent from the floor (21-of-55), while UNA hit 42.4 percent (25-of-59). The Lions outrebounded the Bisons 40-36 as both sides pulled down 11 on the offensive end.
Christian Agnew’s 20 points paced three Lions in double-figures.
- The Bisons led the game for nearly 32 minutes.
- Greg Jones matched his career high with five triples Saturday. He had combined for only five three-pointers made over his previous five outings.
- Coming off a career night on Thursday, Michael Buckland had a hard time finding his stroke against the Lions. The senior guard was only 1-of-5 from the floor, and finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. He was 5-of-7 from the line.
- Parker Hazen led the Bisons once again with another career-high effort on the glass with 11 boards. He has totaled 21 rebounds in his last two outings.
- Asadullah recorded his fifth game this season of five or more assists. He has 17 helpers over the last three contests to push his team-leading average to 3.3 per game.
- Lipscomb was limited to only eight players seeing action. UNA outscored the Bisons 18-5 in bench points.
- The Bisons made a season-high 19 shots from the charity stripe. Buckland and Asadullah led the team with five each.
Lipscomb will go on the road for two ASUN matchups next week at NJIT on Thursday at 11 a.m., before visiting defending league champ Liberty on Saturday.
“You never want to waste a failure,” Acuff said. “We didn’t get it done tonight and we have to have the ability to bounce back. We will go back to work Monday and it’s on to the next one.”