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Forehand adds fast-rising backstop for 2016

Forehand adds fast-rising backstop for 2016

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Looking to add some depth behind the plate and on the mound, Lipscomb baseball head coach Jeff Forehand has announced the signing of Murfreesboro native Justin Wilson for the 2016 season.

“Justin is an outstanding addition to what is already a top recruiting class,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He is a fine young man on top of being an outstanding player.

“For him making a change in heart, a change in schools and for us to get involved with him late in the process, I think we got a really, really good player.”

After receiving intrest from other schools like Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee, Wilson decided that under the direction of Forehand, Lipscomb was the right fit for him.

“I’ve been really impressed with coach Forehand and their baseball program,” Wilson said.

Perfect Game recognized Wilson for his play in each of his last two seasons at Oakland High School where he is rated the 49th-best overall prospect and the sixth-best catcher in the state of Tennessee.

In 2014 he was named an Underclass All-American Honorable Mention before earning a spot on the Southeast Region All-American Honorable Mention team in 2015.

As a junior at OHS, Wilson earned all-district honors after hitting .385 at the plate with two home runs.

In 2013 he led the Patriots to the Region 4-AAA semifinals raking at a .273 clip with a double and four triples.

“Justin has the skills behind to plate that will help us for a long time to come,” Forehand said. “He is also becoming a better offensive player all the time and we are really fortunate that he decided to come be a part of our program.

“We are expecting all freshmen to be ready to come in and compete early.”

Wilson could find himself catching a former rival next season, current freshman Brady Puckett who was a pitcher at Riverdale.

“I grew up playing with Brady,” Wilson said, who caught him in middle school. “It’s good to go somewhere that I can play with people I know. We’re pretty good friends.”

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Bisons sign Wishon

Bisons sign Wishon

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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When the Lipscomb men’s basketball hits the court for the 2015-16 campaign it will be with some much-needed depth in the post as head coach Casey Alexander has signed 7-foot-2 center David Wishon to a National Letter of Intent.

“We’re excited about David and what he brings to our basketball team,” said Alexander.
“He brings us real depth at the center position and his size will obviously be an asset. David is eager for an opportunity to make a significant contribution and we think he can give us that.”

The brother of rising junior Brett Wishon, David Wishon comes to Lipscomb after three seasons at the College of Charleston and one year at Tulsa. With the Cougars, he averaged 11.5 minutes per game over the past two seasons and was a proficient shot blocker down low.

“What an awesome experience it will be for Brett and David,” said Alexander. “To play with your brother at the highest level of college basketball is a unique experience. I hope they both make the most of the opportunity.”

Like his brother Brett, David played one year of postgraduate basketball at Fork Union Military Academy before signing with Tulsa where he played in 14 games as a true freshman before transferring to College of Charleston.

Having already completed his degree, David will be eligible to play immediately this fall due to the NCAA graduate transfer rule.

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North Florida tops Lipscomb, 8-0

North Florida tops Lipscomb, 8-0

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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With just over a handful of runners reaching base on Sunday afternoon, the Lipscomb baseball team failed to push across a run in a 8-0 Atlantic Sun Conference loss to North Florida at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
“Every weekend is tough now that we are in conference play and we have to be ready to play every time we go out, doesn’t matter who it is,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “North Florida is a great hitting team and they showed that all weekend long.

“It’s like I told the guys, we have a good baseball team, we just didn’t get it done today. When you don’t score a run, you aren’t going to win many ball games”

The rubber game of the series saw North Florida (27-12, 6-3 A-Sun) starter Matt Vaka hold the Bisons’ (20-13, 2-4 A-Sun) lineup in check allowing just two hits and three walks in five innings of work. The freshman righty allowed just three runners to move into scoring position all afternoon as he improved to 2-0 on the season.

“Vaka did a great job today,” Forehand said. “He doesn’t record a strikeout, but he limited us at the plate and we were unable to capitalize when we got base runners on. You have to tip your hat to him.”

The Ospreys opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the third stanza when third baseman Trent Higginbothem blasted a two-run shot over the 375-foot sign in left centerfield. UNF added a single run in the fourth and sixth innings, before pushing across two more in the eighth on back-to-back RBI-doubles off Lipscomb freshman reliever Brady Puckett.

Lipscomb’s best scoring chance of the day came when trailing by four runs in the sixth inning after Josh Lee drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Redshirt freshman Allan Hooker nearly tied things up when he launched a fly ball to deep right field, but UNF’s Garrick Ferguson made the snag at the base of the wall and then threw a laser to second base to nail Josh Lee trying to advance on the out. The double play ended the scoring threat for the Bisons.
“They made a great play on us,” Forehand said. “We were being aggressive in trying to get two runners into scoring position. We were trying to make a play happen, but it turns out they made a better one. I hate that it happened like that, because it did take us out of a scoring opportunity after we had some momentum going there.”

UNF rounded out the scoring in the top of the ninth with its second two-run home run of the day, this time from senior first baseman Ryan Roberson, his fourth of the season.

Sophomore lefty John Pryor (1-3) took the loss for Lipscomb scattering five hits and three runs in five complete innings pitched. He punched out three Ospreys in 66 pitches thrown.

“John gave us a chance today,” Forehand said. “We were down three runs when he left the game, but we were within striking distance and then we continued to put goose eggs up on the scoreboard. I was proud of how he executed. We just couldn’t get anything going on offense today.”

The Bisons managed just four hits on the day and were led by Grant Massey’s two singles as he finished the game 2-for-4.

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MTSU Drops Midweek Game to Lipscomb

MTSU Drops Midweek Game to Lipscomb

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s midweek struggles continued Wednesday night against Lipscomb. The Blue Raiders (13-10, 5-1 C-USA) managed just six hits and fell by a score of 8-1, plating the lone run in the ninth to prevent the shutout.

Will Schnure led off the bottom of the ninth with his first career triple and scored on Ronnie Jebavy’s infield single to the right side.

“We’re a momentum team and it’s important for us to get a lead and we weren’t able to do that,” head coach Jim McGuire said. “We got two hits in the first inning and had an opportunity to score right away.”

Returning to his hometown, Lipscomb starter Brady Puckett was highly effective in just his second career start. Puckett faced 31 batters and struck out four in a complete-game effort.

Jebavy (2-for-4) was the only Blue Raider with two hits and he leads the team with 14 multi-hit contests. The junior has hit safely in 20 of 23 games this season.

Brad Jarreau kept his average (.365) up with a single, while Jared Allen and Jake Ingold each recorded a base knock.

Junior RHP Heath Slatton was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (three earned) to cross on five hits and a walk. Slatton lasted 3.2 innings and struck out three batters.

Lipscomb got on the board first with three unearned runs in the second. That proved to be enough, although the Bisons added three more in the fourth and one run in each of the sixth and seventh frames.

“We preached and preached to be ready,” McGuire said. “You can’t have a hangover from a game the night before, but it sure looked we did. We just could never get anything going.”

Will Small and Blake Stansberry both pitched for the second straight night, allowing two runs combined over the final 5.1 innings with no walks.

Freshman Phillip Kunsa (0-for-1) made his first career appearance at the plate when he came on as pinch hitter in the ninth.

Lipscomb out-hit the Raiders 13-6 and MT committed the game’s only defensive error.

The Blue Raiders return to conference play this weekend looking to stay on top of the league standings. Old Dominion comes to Reese Smith Jr. Field for a three-game series starting Friday night at 6 p.m.

Saturday afternoon’s contest will on American Sports Network at 3:35 p.m. CT, and is set to become the first nationally-televised regular season game in MT program history.

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Lipscomb falls 70-47 to USC Upstate in final regular-season road contest

Lipscomb falls 70-47 to USC Upstate in final regular-season road contest

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Allen

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With a start as cold as the winter storm that is bearing down on the southeast, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dug a hole it could not dig out of falling 70-47 to Atlantic Sun Conference foe USC Upstate at the G.B. Hodge Center.

The Bisons opened the contest by missing the first seven attempts from the field and would go on to hit only two of the first 17 attempts from the floor. The Purple and Gold would claw back from an 11-point deficit to trail 32-26 at the half.

“I don’t think there was ever a point in the game where we were in control, where we played with confidence or played with the mentality that this game had a real significance,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Upstate kept us in it in the first half and gave us hope and momentum but we didn’t capitalize”

The lid never would come off the basket for the Bisons in the second half either as Lipscomb shot 21.2 percent in the final 20 minutes of action.

“We some guys player harder than others and some guys wanted it more than others but we didn’t have anybody that played the way that we needed them to play,” said Alexander. “I take the blame for that for sure because it’s my job to have them ready and to have them execute better. Until we do that, we’re going to get the same result.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led Lipscomb with a 15-point, five rebound effort. Center Chad Lang fresh off his first career double-double nearly completed the feat again with an 8-point, 9-rebound night.

Upstate’s Ty Greene led all scorers with a 25-point effort hitting 8-of-16 from the floor including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.

The Bisons return home on Saturday morning to wrap up the 2014-15 regular season hosting Kennesaw State for “Senior Day” at Allen Arena. The game tipsoff at 10 a.m. and will air on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

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Tough second half leads to first A-Sun loss for Lipscomb

Tough second half leads to first A-Sun loss for Lipscomb

Posted on 24 January 2015 by Allen

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It was a tale of two halves for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon in a 75-66 loss to Atlantic Sun Conference foe North Florida at Allen Arena.

“North Florida is a tremendous team,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They have so much offensive fire power. They got off to a good start in the second half and from there they played with so much confidence and we were a little bit on our heels.”

In the battle of the two league unbeatens, the Bisons (10-10, 4-1 A-Sun) held the Ospreys to (13-9, 5-0 A-Sun) to just 21 points in the opening half before North Florida roared back with a 56-point stanza to close the game.

“The first 20 minutes are easily the best 20 minutes we’ve played all year on both ends of the floor in my opinion,” said Alexander. “It wasn’t pretty and our offensive numbers weren’t very good but I was really proud of our guys for their mentality for that whole 20 minutes. We made very few mistakes in the first half.”

Lipscomb held a 29-19 advantage at the break before UNF quickly erased the deficit and took the lead less than four minutes into the half. The majority of the damage in the second half came from UNF’s Beau Beech, who led the game with 27 points including 24 points in the final 20 minutes behind 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

“Nobody is happy about the result by any stretch but this loss is better than several of the wins we had,” said Alexander. ‘That’s how we need to measure ourselves by how we play. “

The Ospreys would eventually jump out to a 13-point advantage but the Bisons would chip away and get the lead down to just four with 40 seconds remaining but could not get a miss at the charity stripe from UNF.

The Bisons were led in scoring by sophomore guard Josh Williams, who finished with 18 points on the afternoon.

“Josh is playing so hard,” said Alexander. “He wants the ball. He wants to be the guy and deliver. That’s a great mentality to have and he continues to do so. “

He was joined in double figures by senior forward Malcom Smith, who scored 13 and sophomore guard J.C. Hampton and junior forward Talbott Denny, who each added 12 and 11, respectively.

The Bisons hit the road to the “Sunshine State” for a pair of A-Sun contests at FGCU and Stetson. Both games will be carried live on ESPN3. Saturday’s game at Stetson will also air on 94.9 Game 2 in the Nashville market.

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Lipscomb claims 2OT win over Jacksonville to remain unbeaten in A-Sun play

Lipscomb claims 2OT win over Jacksonville to remain unbeaten in A-Sun play

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Allen

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With a severely shortened bench, it was a double-overtime win of grit and determination for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team on Thursday night downing Atlantic Sun foe Jacksonville 80-77 at Allen Arena.

“Tonight was a challenge, without a doubt,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I was really excited coming into this game and seeing how our guys were going to respond. I think they would admit that the first half was a letdown.

“We didn’t have the energy we needed and we didn’t play with the purpose or confidence that we needed and it showed. But the second half our guys, to their credit, turned that around significantly.”

After scoring a season-low 21 points in the first half and building a 14-point deficit at the break, the Bisons (10-9, 4-0 A-Sun) responded with a 37-point second half. That sent the game to the extra stanzas where Lipscomb outlasted the Dolphins (7-14, 1-3 A-Sun)

A big part of the Bisons remaining undefeated in A-Sun action was the play of J.C. Hampton, who scored 17 points after intermission. The sophomore guard dished out 10 assists as well in the win to become just the second player in the NCAA era for Lipscomb to finish in double digit helpers. Hampton also added five rebounds and turned the ball over just one time in 40 minutes of work.

The reigning A-Sun co-Player of the Week Josh Williams finished with 22 points tying for the game lead. Malcolm Smith added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds in the victory. Freshman Asa Duvall tossed in seven first-half points, a career best for the newcomer.

“Tonight was a great team win finding a way to do it against pretty significant circumstances,” said Alexander. “

Jacksonville was led by Andris Misters, who notched 22 points to tie Williams for the game lead.

The Bisons continue home action on Saturday hosting North Florida at 4 p.m. It will be Star Wars and Adoption Rally day with the game between the two A-Sun unbeatens being carried live on ESPN3.

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Williams garners A-Sun co-Player of the Week honors

Williams garners A-Sun co-Player of the Week honors

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Allen

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Helping lead the Lipscomb men’s basketball team to a 2-0 week in league play, sophomore guard Josh Williams has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference co-Player of the Week as announced on Monday.

Williams averaged 23 points per game last week after scoring 18 points against USC Upstate on Tuesday and then pouring in 28 on Saturday at Kennesaw State. The Jackson, Mississippi native also added seven rebounds in the win over the Spartans.

Saturday against the Owls, Williams took over the game in the final 10 minutes of the second half including hitting four 3-pointers in just over three minutes of action. He went on to nail a career high eight treys in the win hitting 8-of-11 from beyond the arc and 10-of-14 from the field overall.

Williams shares the award with Dallas Moore of North Florida, who helped the Osrpeys remain unbeaten in A-Sun play as well. It is the second A-Sun Player of the Week honor for Williams this season.

The Bisons return to action on Thursday night hosting Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.

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Lipscomb opens A-Sun play with 80-61 win over Northern Kentucky

Lipscomb opens A-Sun play with 80-61 win over Northern Kentucky

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen

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The Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday night with an 80-61 win over Northern Kentucky at Allen Arena in Nashville.

The Bisons (7-9, 1-0 A-Sun) got 24 points from sophomore Josh Williams as the guard hit 7-of-13 from the field including 3-of-6 beyond the arc. The Jackson, Mississippi native also hit 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

“I definitely think this is a confidence booster,” said Williams. “We played the last two games before the conference opener with confidence. We focused in and wanted to play those two games really good and we are just trying to continue it.”

Williams was joined in double figures by Malcolm Smith with 17, Aaron Korn with 13 and Nathan Moran with 12.

The Bisons also got a lift from sophomore guard J.C. Hampton with eight points, seven assists and five rebounds.

“I give J.C. a lot of credit with two games in a row with seven assists,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He was challenged a little bit to be more of a distributor and he’s really responded. He’s playing with a lot more confidence and he’s doing things that help our team.”

Three-point defense was a big key in the contest as the Bisons held the Norse (6-10, 0-1 A-Sun) to just 20 percent shooting from deep. NKU hit just 1-of-16 in the first half before warming up to hit 5-of-14 in the final 20 minutes of action.

“It was great to see us respond like that,” said Alexander. “We led so comfortably for so long in the second half. They made it a little closer than we wanted just because they had so much momentum late in the second half. But our guys responded and we got shots to fall late which was fun to see.”

Tyler White scored 20 to lead the Norse.

Up next: The Bisons continue home action on Tuesday night hosting A-Sun foe USC Upstate at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. To purchase tickets logon to http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373). The game will air live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call.

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Mizzou rallies past Lipscomb in 2nd Half

Mizzou rallies past Lipscomb in 2nd Half

Posted on 03 January 2015 by Allen

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The Mizzou men’s basketball team (6-7) pushed past Lipscomb, 72-60, on Saturday (Jan. 3) to round out non-conference action. Sophomore Johnathan Williams III tossed in a team-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his fifth career double-double. Williams III has notched at least 15 points and eight rebounds in seven consecutive games.

The Tigers used 30 points from its bench to wear out Lipscomb with a balanced attack. Keanau Post provided a crucial spark in 14 minutes of action. The senior notched seven points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Tramaine Isabell tacked on a career-high 14 points. With Mizzou trailing by 11 in the first half, the Tigers put together a 14-5 run to close the gap before halftime. Thirteen of those 14 points came from the bench as Mizzou faced a 35-33 deficit at the break.

The Tigers turned up the pressure on the defensive end in the second half, surging into the lead with a 16-1 run. Mizzou’s trio of point guards of Isabell, Keith Shamburger and Wes Clark pushed the pace during the momentum swing. Following a deep three-pointer from Shamburger, Clark and Isabell converted back-to-back buckets in transition. An Isabell trey and a ferocious dunk from Post a few minutes later handed the Tigers their first lead since the 18:51 mark of the first half.

Coach Kim Anderson’s squad swarmed Lipscomb for the remainder of the game. The Bisons were held without a field goal for the game’s final 9:33. Lipscomb shot just 32-percent from the field, the worst by any Tiger opponent during the 2014-15 campaign. Mizzou forced 14 turnovers and the Tigers took advantage, outscoring the Bisons 18-6 over in the last nine minutes. Lipscomb missed its final 10 shots from the floor and 18 of its final 19 attempts.

Mizzou now turns to Southeastern Conference play, which begins Jan. 8 at home against LSU. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

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Lipscomb falls at UTC

Lipscomb falls at UTC

Posted on 30 December 2014 by Allen

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Unable to overcome a season-high 24 turnovers, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dropped a 78-60 decision to Chattanooga on Monday night at McKenzie Arena.

“I have to give Chattanooga a lot of credit,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They play hard and they speed you up but I will readily take the blame. 15 or 20 of those turnovers were our inability to pass and catch. For a college basketball team, that shouldn’t be a problem.”

The game was close until the middle portion of the second half when the Bisons allowed the Mocs to go on a 14-0 run to turn a 56-51 game into a 19-point deficit for the Purple and Gold.

The Bisons were led in scoring by senior forward Malcolm Smith, who finished the game with 14 points. Sophomore guards Josh Williams and J.C. Hampton each finished in double figures as well with 12 and 10, respectively. Hampton was 4-for-4 from the field including draining a pair of three’s.

“It was great to see J.C. knock down a few and being more of the guy that we are used to seeing,” said Alexander. “Quite honestly, he’s going to help us if he can score but I just want him to play with confidence and be a guy that’s running the show. Tonight he did both which was good to see.”

UTC’s Greg Pryor led all scorers with a 19-point night behind a quartet of 3-pointers.

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Texas hammers Lipscomb 106-61

Texas hammers Lipscomb 106-61

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Allen

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In the first-ever meeting between the two squads, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team could not keep pace with No. 9 Texas on Tuesday night as the Longhorns proved worthy of their lofty ranking as the Bisons fell 106-61 at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Bisons (4-6) had little answer for the Longhorns (9-1) offensive attack as Texas put up 58 points in the first half behind 52 percent shooting including hitting 8-of-15 beyond the arc. Lipscomb on the other hand was held to just 29 percent as the Purple and Gold trailed 58-32 at the break.

“Texas was on a mission offensively,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “They’re regarded as the best defensive team in the country to date, so we knew that end of the floor was going to be a challenge.

“They were really intentional about playing fast and being aggressive offensively and they had us on our heels from the very beginning. My hat’s off to them. They are a really good team.”

Senior forward Malcolm Smith led the way for the Bisons with a 17-point effort. He was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Josh Williams, who finished the night with 13 points. The Bisons also got eight points each from Brett Wishon and Nathan Moran.

“Considering how good Texas is defensively, I thought our shots from the perimeter were very good,” said Alexander. “When you play a team like this on the road and things aren’t going your way, you can tend to get a little hurried and you get a rushed three and a little bit out of your comfort zone.”

Texas freshman Myles Turner led the way for the Longhorns with a game-high 26 points. Turner hit 9-of-17 from the field, 7-of-7 from the line and added nine rebounds and six blocks.

The Bisons turned the ball over 11 times in the final 20 minutes of action after not committing a single turnover in the first half of action. The Longhorns were careful with the ball as well committing only nine miscues.
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The Bisons travel to take on Ivy League foe Princeton on Friday night in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Lipscomb tops Govs 68-59

Lipscomb tops Govs 68-59

Posted on 14 December 2014 by Allen

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Behind an 18-point, second-half effort from sophomore Brett Wishon, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team was able to fight off a determined Austin Peay squad 68-59 on Saturday afternoon at the Winfred Dunn Center in Clarksville.

The Concord, N.C. native was lethal from deep hitting 7-of-12 from beyond the arc for a career-high, 21 points. Six of the treys came in the second half to propel the Bisons (4-5) to the victory.

“Brett was 7-for-12 from three while the rest of the team was 1-for-15,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He made some timely threes while they were making their run and had a lot of momentum. He stepped up and made some really big shots.”

Free throws were also a huge part of the win for the Purple and Gold as well, as the Bisons hit 24-of-30 for a season-high 80 percent from the charity stripe. The Governors (2-7) hit just 22-of-36 from the line.

“Just getting off to a good start got the monkey off our back at the free-throw line,” said Alexander. “That was critical. It was a game where we both shot a lot of free throws and us making a high percentage was very important.”

Senior forward Malcolm Smith was a big part of that free-throw shooting hitting 5-of-6 to finish in double figures with 11 total points. Sophomore guard Josh Williams also finished in double figures with a 10-point night making 4-of-4 from the line.

“We played through a lot of adversity tonight,” said Alexander. “We had a couple of guys go down with injuries in the second half and we had a ton of foul trouble. It was really good to get a win and we’ll take wins when we can get them but we still have a lot of improvement to do.”

APSU’s Ed Dyson led the Governors by matching Wishon with a 21-point effort.

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Caldwell leads Tenn Tech past Lipscomb 84-79

Caldwell leads Tenn Tech past Lipscomb 84-79

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech senior Dwan Caldwell has been oh-so-close to posting a double-double five times in his career, missing by a single point or a single rebound each time.

Not so Wednesday night.

Caldwell poured in a career-high 31 points and snatched 10 rebounds, including one of the biggest baskets of the night followed by one of the most critical boards as the Golden Eagles (4-3) claimed an 84-79 non-conference victory over Lipscomb (2-5).

The five-point victory kept the Golden Eagles unbeaten at home in four tries, and pushed Tech’s al-time record in Cookeville against Lipscomb to 22-2.

In a contest which saw each team hold double-digit leads and put together 16-2 runs, a 3-pointer by Caldwell with 1:31 to play halted a late Lipscomb rally and put Tech ahead, 80-75 after the Bisons had closed to within two.

With half-a-minute to play, and still up five, Caldwell went up to nab a defensive rebound, drew a foul and stuck both free throws for an 82-75 lead. Tech’s lead went to nine on a dunk by Javon McKay, which was enough to withstand two tip-in baskets by Lipscomb in the final 11 seconds.

Caldwell was 11-for-18 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the line, and also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 34 minutes of action. It was the first 30-point game by a Golden Eagle since Jud Dillard netted 34 on Jan. 10, 2013 at Eastern Illinois.

Charles Jackson was the only other Golden Eagle to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds while being limited to 17 minutes on the floor. He took two quick fouls and sat out nearly the entire first half. The night put a halt to his streak of six consecutive double-doubles.

McKay finished with eight points and a team-best five assists while Shirmane Thomas added six points and four assists. Jordan Johnson also scored six, going 2-for-3 from outside the arc.

Lipscomb shot 50 percent (29-for-58) for the game including 41.7 percent (10-for-24) from long range. The Bisons had four players in double figures, led by Josh Williams with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brett Wishon added 14, while Malcolm Smith and Talbott Denny had 10 each. Chad Lang scored nine and Nathan Moran chipped in five points and a team-best five assists.

Tech, which owned a hefty rebound edge for the season entering the game, saw Lipscomb build a 41-30 advantage on the glass. Tech forced 21 turnovers and had just eight turnovers.

The Bisons went on their 16-2 run in the first seven minutes to build a double-digit lead at 18-8. After getting up 6-2 out of the gate, Tech missed six of its first seven 3-pointers, and Lipscomb’s long-range game came alive. The visitors hit four consecutive from the perimeter in building the 10-point advantage.

From there, Tech played from behind and kept plugging away. The Golden Eagles got within four a couple of times, only to see the Bisons answer with layups to maintain their cushion.

Finally, freshman Aleksa Jugovic hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point difference at 34-31, then knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 34-all with 1:18 to play in the half.

The Bisons led 36-34 at the break.

Lipscomb held a five-point lead early in the second half, before Tech weaved together its own 16-2 stretch, capped by Caldwell with his sixth points of the run. Tech’s lead bobbed between six and 10 points, until Wishon’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining cut it to 77-75.

The Golden Eagles look to continue their unbeaten string at home when they host Hiwassee College Sunday at 2 p.m.

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