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12/20/2012 | Memphis, Tenn. (FedExForum) | Attendance: 15454
Thursday, December 20, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Missed chances were the story of the night for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team, as the Bisons upset bid of nonconference foe Memphis fell short 62-56 on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum.
With 18 ticks on the clock, Lipscomb (5-6, 0-0 A-Sun) cut the deficit to three at 59-56 when redshirt freshman center Stephen Hurt, the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Newcomer of the Week, crashed the lane for a key tip in and his 15th point of the night. But the Tigers (7-3, 0-0 C-USA) then made 3-of-4 free throws, despite shooting just 53.8 percent from the charity stripe on the night, to seal the win as the Bisons missed back-to-back 3-point opportunities.
“The game was ugly,” said Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson. “It was a low-scoring game just the way we wanted it. I’ve got to do a better job of coaching our guys. I’ll take all the blame for that loss.
“(Memphis) shot 35 percent from the floor for the game and in the last five minutes of the game they shot five layups. So that’s my fault. I’ve got to get our guys to do a better job of covering the paint.”
Missed free throws would plague the Bisons as well as the Purple and Gold made only 13-of-24 for 54.2 percent.
“Two things keep haunting us, turnovers and making free throws late. If we make those free throws, we’re either winning or it’s a one-point game or two-point game. This game was for the taking. We had every right to win this basketball game.”
Despite turning the ball over 24 times including 16 in the first half, the Bisons defense turned up the pressure and allowed the Tigers only 13 points off the miscues. Along with holding Memphis to 35.8 percent from the floor, Lipscomb held the Tigers to 15.8 percent from beyond the arch. LU held a slim margin from deep making 3-of-14 for 21.4 percent.
Lipscomb did win the battle of the boards behind Hurt’s 13, 35-34. Malcolm Smith finished as the only other Bison in double figures with 10. The Tigers placed four players in double figures led by Adonis Thomas, who finished with a game-high 18.
The Bisons take a short break for Christmas before opening A-Sun action on Dec. 31 against North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will air live on 102.5 The Game and at http://www.asun.tv