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Lipscomb (6-10, 1-4 A-Sun)
Northern Kentucky (4-9, 2-3 A-Sun)
1/11/2013 | Highland Heights, Ky. | Attendance: 2891
Friday, January 11, 2013
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Having struggled with slow starts at time this season, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team got off to a good start early but then faded quickly dropping a 67-53 decision to Atlantic Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky on Friday night from the Bank of Kentucky Center.
After the Bisons (6-10, 1-4 A-Sun) built the early lead 9-5 over the first four minutes of action, the Norse (4-9, 2-3 A-Sun) went on a 17-4 run making five-straight 3-pointers to put Lipscomb behind 22-13. The hot shooting continued for the Norse in the opening 20 minutes of action as Jack Flournoy and Tyler White each hit three treys as part of 10 for NKU.
“Defensively (allowing the 3-pointer) has been an issue for us,” said Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson. “I thought the second half some of our guys guarded the way we have to guard with that kind of sense of urgency. They banked in a couple of threes but that stuff happens sometimes. In the first half, they got any shot they wanted but they scored 23 points in the second half. We’ve got to build off that second half.”
The scoring woes continued for the Bisons in the second half as well as Lipscomb went the first 5:30 without a bucket allowing the Norse to go on a 9-0 run and take a 53-28 lead. Lipscomb would outscore NKU 25-23 in the final stanza holding the Norse to just eight baskets from the floor but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.
With the Norse taking away the inside game in the paint and limiting Stephen Hurt to six points and four rebounds, the Bisons were unable to make NKU pay hitting only 3-of-16 from beyond the arch. NKU on the other hand shot 46 percent from deep making 13-of-28
“Eventually someone has got to jump up and make some shots,” said Sanderson. “When you’re not making shots it’s extremely difficult to get the ball in to Stephen. It’s extremely hard when he has three guys on him. We have not had a guy step up uncharacteristically and make some shots for us. If we don’t, we won’t see anything different defensively.”
Sophomore forward Malcolm Smith led LU with 13 points just ahead of senior guard Deonte Alexander, who finished with 10.
Lipscomb won the rebound battle 33-32 led by junior guard Khion Sankey, who grabbed seven boards.
Flournoy and White each finished with a game-high 18 points as each made a quartet of 3-pointers.
Friday marked the first meeting between Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky since the 1971-72 season.
The Bisons continue A-Sun road action on Thursday with a 6:05 p.m. contest at Florida Gulf Coast in Ft. Myers, Fla.