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Lipscomb (8-14, 3-8 A-Sun)
ETSU (7-17, 5-6 A-Sun)
2/2/2013 | ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center | Attendance: 2585
Saturday, February 02, 2013
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –Untimely turnovers and missed free throws negated a spirited effort by the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in a 90-88 overtime loss to Atlantic Sun Conference foe ETSU on Saturday afternoon in Johnson City.
“I’m proud of our guys,” said Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson. “They keep battling and battling and battling. They don’t have any quit in them. That’s a tough loss to take but we’ll bounce back.”
After leading 39-35 at the half, the Bisons (8-14, 3-8 A-Sun) built a 10-point lead just before the halfway point of the second half. The Bucs (7-17, 5-6 A-Sun) chipped away at the lead thanks to missed free-throw opportunities by Lipscomb including a pair of front ends of one-and-one bonus shots.
Lipscomb pushed the lead back to 10 at 70-60 with 6:33 to play but the Bucs refused to go away putting together an 8-2 run to pull within four at 72-68. ETSU would eventually take a 79-77 lead with 17 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer from Jarvis Jones but Lipscomb senior guard Deonte Alexander made the two biggest free throws of the night with eight seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, the lead would change hands seven times with the last coming on Jones’ fifth trey of the game with 15 seconds remaining. The Bisons got one last chance to send the game to a second overtime but a layup by Alexander rattled off the iron and the Bucs escaped with the victory.
“It was a back-and-forth game and whoever had the ball last had a chance to end up winning,” said Sanderson. “ETSU hit a big shot and we missed the one down the stretch and missed some free throws too but that’s just part of the game.”
Sophomore forward Martin Smith led Lipscomb with a 21-point night, one off his career high. His twin brother Malcolm finished with 18 points while Alexander added 16 and redshirt freshman center Stephen Hurt scored 11.
Jones led all scorers in the game with 36 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the floor and 7-of-10 at the charity stripe. As a team, the Bucs hit 71 percent of their free throws going 22-of-31, while Lipscomb was 18-of-31 for 58 percent.
The Purple and Gold won the battle of the boards 40-34 but could not overcome 20 turnovers.
The Bisons return home on Friday night hosting A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m. at Allen Arena in the first game of a three-game homestand that will air on CSS.