|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MER|
|FG Percentage||.317 (19-60)||.380 (19-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.190 (4-21)||.321 (9-28)|
|FT Percentage||.688 (11-16)||.824 (14-17)|
SMITH - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
MACON, Ga. - Character. Pride. Tenaciousness.
All are words sometimes used to describe traits sports competition often brings out on athletes. These were more than mere words for the Lipscomb Bison here at the University Center on the campus of Mercer University.
They demonstrated them all and more in their 61-53 loss to Mercer in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament Wednesday night.
"I was very proud of the way our guys battled the whole game," Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. "They hung in there. They scrapped and clawed for everything they could possibly get.
"The character of the guys that are left was totally revealed in my opinion. That is what it is about. It is more than just a basketball game. The character of the people, and how they conduct themselves on and off of the court, is very, very important to me."
No No. 7-seed had beaten the No.2 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament since Georgia State stopped Belmont in 2003. The Bison have not won in the postseason since 2009
But they had more than history against them. The Bison did not have strength in numbers. They played only seven players of the nine that dressed while Mercer countered with 12. Three of the Bison starters are freshmen.
Prior to the start of the game it was officially announced that Damarius Smith and Marvin Williams had both been suspended indefinitely and would not be participating in postseason play. Neither player traveled with the team.
"We were playing so many young kids who were thrust into playing 36 or 37 minutes for us," Sanderson said. "Obviously, we wanted to win but I was proud of the effort of our guys."
The Bison tied the game at 29-29 at intermission.
In the second half both teams struggled to score early. Deonte Alexander broke the ice at 17:49 when he sank a jump shot to that gave Lipscomb a 31-29 lead.
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