|January 16, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|FG Percentage||.377 (20-53)||.582 (32-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.133 (2-15)||.429 (6-14)|
|FT Percentage||.882 (15-17)||.417 (5-12)|
- 20||Zach Cooks
- 9||Reilly Walsh
MILLER - 3
Reilly Walsh - 5
ASADULLAH - 2
MILLER - 2
Reilly Walsh - 3
NEWARK, N.J. - The Lipscomb men’s basketball team suffered a 75-57 setback on the road to NJIT Thursday afternoon in the Wellness and Events Center in Newark, New Jersey.
“NJIT played really well and played at a high level like they did last Saturday at North Florida,” head coach Lennie Acuff said. “But we have to have a little more balance that when a team goes on a run, we have to have the ability to get stops. We never could do that today.”
The Bisons (7-11, 2-3 ASUN) drained four of their first six field goal attempts as both teams started hot out of the gate, but it was the Highlanders (5-12, 2-2) who kept that pace.
NJIT took a one-point lead and quickly turned it into double-digits after a 14-4 run. After pulling to within eight on multiple occasions throughout the first 20 minutes, Lipscomb struggled to find stops as the home team mounted a 16-8 run to finish the half and take a 47-31 lead into the break.
The Bisons stormed out of the locker room, scoring the first seven points of the second half to cut the margin to nine, before NJIT answered with another run to make it a 19-point game just over six minutes into the frame.
The Highlanders lead seesawed between 11 and 20 points the rest of the way until a jumper from NJIT’s Levar Williams sealed the final margin.
Asadullah led the Bisons offense with 20 points on 8-of-21 shooting, while Michael Buckland added 11. They were the only Bisons in double figures.
Lipscomb shot 37.7 percent from the floor after struggling from beyond the arc, hitting just 2-of-15 triples. NJIT shot lights out all game, finishing with a 58.2 percent clip overall, including a 67 percent mark in the first half.
“I was proud of our guys cutting the deficit to nine after halftime, but then we couldn’t score,” Acuff said. “It’s a hard game when you go 2-for-15 from three, but especially when you miss close shots around the basket like we did today.”
- NJIT won the rebounding battle 37-24 and outscored Lipscomb 34-32 in the paint. It was the second-lowest rebound total of the season for the Bisons (22 at Tennessee State).
- Asadullah has now scored 20+ points in three of his last four games. He missed his sixth double-double of the year by one rebound after pulling down nine.
- Buckland grabbed six boards and shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
- As a team the Bisons shot a season-high 88 percent from the free throw line after draining 15-17.
- Freshman KJ Johnson scored all nine of his points in the first half after going 3-of-6 from the floor. It was his highest point total in his last four games.
- Lipscomb’s nine assists were the fewest since Nov. 20, while its eight turnovers were a season-best.
- NJIT was led in scoring by Zach Cooks’ 24 points. San Antonio Brinson added 17 and Reilly Walsh chipped in 11.
The Bisons travel to Lynchburg, Virginia on Saturday to face league leader Liberty in a rematch of the ASUN title game from a season ago. They will get things under way at 6 p.m. (CT) inside the Vines Center.
“Liberty is a great team and they are playing really well right now, but we will be prepared as well as we can and go play a good game,” Acuff said. “We can’t think outside the box too much, we just need to play better.”