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Lipscomb (9-12; 4-6 A-Sun)
Jacksonville (8-13; 4-6 A-Sun)
1/30/2014 | JVM Arena - Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 398
Thursday, January 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Behind 27 points from freshman guard Josh Williams, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team rolled into Veteran’s Memorial Arena on Thursday night and did something no other Bisons team had done before by notching an 88-76 Atlantic Sun Conference win over homestanding Jacksonville.
“It was great to come in here and get a win in a place where Jacksonville often plays well,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “It’s not just tough for Lipscomb to win here, it’s tough for a lot of teams to win here and we did it in what ended up being pretty convincing fashion.”
The reigning A-Sun Newcomer of the Week, Williams went 9-of-14 from the floor including a pair of treys to go with a perfect 7-for-7 evening at the charity stripe to lead all scorers in his second start of the season.
“I think Josh is hoping that if we can get in the Atlantic Sun Tournament that we can draw Jacksonville in the first round with his two games of 27 and 28 points,” said Alexander
The contest got out to a slow pace out of the gate with both teams struggling to get the offensive attacks going. The lead changed hands five times in the first 10 minutes of action including the 10:52 mark when junior forward Martin Smith scored a layup that would put the Bisons (9-12, 4-6 A-Sun) ahead for good.
The Dolphins (8-13, 4-6 A-Sun) pulled within one at the break when Jarvis Haywood drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer but the Bisons used a 10-0 run to open the second half and never looked back. Lipscomb went on to shoot a blistering 78.3 percent in the final 20 minutes of action hitting 18-of-23 from the floor.
Along with Williams’ fourth 20-point game of the season, the Bisons got 17 points from junior forward Malcolm Smith, 15 points from redshirt-freshman guard J.C. Hampton and 13 points from redshirt-junior guard Carter Sanderson off the bench.
Senior guard Khion Sankey also played a large role in the win for Lipscomb just missing a double-double with an eight-point, 10-rebound night. The veteran also added five assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
“We had all kinds of guys make contributions tonight,” said Alexander. “Chad Johnson gave us a lot of minutes that he hasn’t been given the opportunity to give us but he maximized those and made several good defensive plays and took care of the ball on offense.
“Carter gave us a little bit of an offensive punch tonight. Khion was out there playing injured for a long stretch of time and he really battled through that and J.C. was hurt and had to go in and out and in and out but he gave us all that he could.”
For the game, Lipscomb shot a season high 58.2 percent from the floor and 52.2 percent from beyond the arc connecting on 12-of-23 attempts from deep.
Lipscomb lost the rebound battle 36-31 but managed to tie the Dolphins with 17 turnovers on the night. The Bisons also narrowly won the free-throw shooting stat hitting 75 percent (12-of-16) compared to the Dolphins 73.3 percent (22-of-30).
Keith McDougald led all scorers for Jacksonville with 20.
Paired with last Friday night’s win at Northern Kentucky, the victory over Jacksonville marks the first time since 2010 that the Bisons have claimed back-to-back road wins in A-Sun play. The 12-point win is also the largest margin of victory for the Purple and Gold this season.
The Bisons continue road A-Sun action on Saturday night at 6 p.m. taking on North Florida. The contest is set to air on 94.9 Game 2 and http://www.ASun.TV