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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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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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Moran leads Lipscomb to 74-63 win over Transylvania

Moran leads Lipscomb to 74-63 win over Transylvania

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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Taking on Transylvania for the first time since 1976, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Pioneers behind a 74-63 win on Saturday night at Allen Arena in Nashville.

“I liked our defensive effort in the first half,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Even though the margin was only 10, I thought our numbers were great and we had a lot of good possessions.

“I never felt confident offensively all night long and quite honestly I’m looking for answers. Our shots are going to fall. We have a lot of good shooters and they are going to start hitting eventually. We’re pressing right now in our head a little bit but we have to figure it out quickly.”

Freshman guard Nathan Moran led the Bisons (2-2) with a career-high 16 points off the bench. The newcomer was solid beyond the arch hitting 4-of-7 from deep to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week, Josh Williams, finished just behind Moran with a 15-point night on 6-of-10 shooting to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Brett Wishon rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Bisons with a 10-point effort.

“Transylvania played well,” said Alexander. “They played hard and with a lot of confidence. I have to give them a lot of credit. They had a lot to do with why we didn’t play better than we wanted to.”

Ball control proved to be a key to the win for the Purple and Gold as Lipscomb won the turnover battle 18-13 resulting in 23 points for the Bisons.

Lipscomb continues action in the Music City on Monday night against rival Belmont. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. from the Curb Center. The game is set to air on 94.9 Game 2.

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TSU Defeats Lipscomb 73-55

TSU Defeats Lipscomb 73-55

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season after defeating Lipscomb University, 73-55, Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena.

Chelsea Hudson led TSU (1-2) and picked up her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Allen finished the game with 10 points.

Lipscomb (1-3) was led in scoring by Danay Fothergill’s 13 points.

Tennessee State grabbed the momentum in the first half and controlled the pace throughout the contest. TSU forced LU into 28 turnovers and scored 26 points off of the miscues.

Early in the game, TSU was leading 9-8 when the Lady Tigers went on a 10-0 run to go ahead, 19-8. Lipscomb responded with a rally to cut the deficit down to four points before TSU went into the halftime break with a, 28-23, lead.

The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Bisons 11-2 to start the second stanza and extended the advantage to, 39-25, at the 11:51 mark.

Lipscomb called a timeout in an attempt to halt the TSU spurt but Chelsea Hudson found Diamond Beatty in the paint to make the score, 41-25, in favor of the visiting team.

A couple of buckets by the Lady Bisons pulled them within 11 but four consecutive points from Briana Morrow, put TSU on top, 46-31.

TSU maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

TSU shot an improved 73.5 percent (25-of-34) from the free-throw line and outrebounded LU, 46-32. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in second chance points (20-5) and points in the paint (38-18).

The Lady Tigers will play their second game in three days when they return to action against #4 Tennessee on Monday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Williams scores 32 as Lipscomb opens with win over Berry

Williams scores 32 as Lipscomb opens with win over Berry

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen

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Lipscomb men’s basketball coach Casey Alexander isn’t shy about saying he is all about the results.

And while he liked the fact that his Bisons won their season opener 91-70 Friday night at Allen Arena over Division 3 Berry College, he also wasn’t shy in admitting he didn’t enjoy watching the process.

“We were incredibly sloppy,” Alexander said. “We were supposed to win, but I am not sure we made progress towards where we wanted to be.

“We made 22 turnovers. That is a lot for any game, but this is a game where we should have controlled the tempo, they controlled the pace and controlled both ends of the floor to a much better degree than we did.”

Alexander wants his players to be more concerned with playing as a team. He isn’t certain they would be able to beat many teams on their schedule based on the performance he saw.

“I just want our team to be more concerned about being solid more often,” Alexander said. “This was a game we were supposed to win and we won. But I’m not sure we made a lot of progress towards where we want to be.

“Fortunately, it is a lesson learned when we have the win in our back pocket. If this was maybe anybody else on our schedule the result would not have been in our favor. We have to look at it for what it is.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led all scorers with 32 points, hitting 9-of-15 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He was 50 percent from 3-point range hitting three-of-six.

“Josh had a real good night,” Alexander said. “He kept us going in the first half. He was 8-for-10 from the line in the first half while the rest of the team was one-for-seven.

“All night long he was good and made some timely shots. He got a lot of stuff in transition. He always shows up in the stat sheet because he has so much versatility.”

Also in double figures were senior forward Martin Smith with 14 and freshman guard Nathan Moran with 10.

Martin Smith was the leading rebounder with nine, tying for the game-high.

“We shot 3-point shots pretty good for the first 30-to-35 minutes,” Alexander said. “It seemed like we couldn’t get one to drop down the stretch. That is going to come and go,

“I thought we got good looks. I wish our percentage was better. “

Alexander also wanted to see a higher shooting percentage from the field.

“He shot 40 percent overall and that is not going to win many basketball games either,” Alexander said. “I give Berry a lot of credit. They got after us. They played without fear all the way to the end.

“I tried to challenge our guys virtually every time out to extend the lead or to put a run on them. I said let’s run away with. Let’s wear them out. But Berry wouldn’t let us do it.”

The Bisons have little time to fine-tune with the “Battle of the Boulevard” with Belmont scheduled for 6:30 Monday night at Allen Arena.

“Preparation is the biggest key,” Alexander said. “Belmont is an extremely tough team to play. They are very sound in what they do.”

The contest is set to air on ESPN3.

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