Lipscomb had a big turnout on Thursday night to watch the NIT championship game.
Despite the conflicting but re-scheduled Singarama show going on the same night, the Lipscomb student body showed out to support the team in its final game. The fans spent time discussing the season while sharing popcorn, snacks, sandwiches and desserts. There was also giveaways and a T-shirt throwing to get the fans into the game day spirit.
But Thursday’s story was much different than that of Tuesday. The Bisons fought hard but fell short to Texas in the end.
Singarama was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday night, but due to the NIT Championship game happening at the same time, it was moved to 8 p.m., directly following the game. The crowd did die down a bit at halftime as students participating in Singarama went to get ready. But many students stayed to watch the game. Several students even did each other’s makeup for Singarama while sitting at tables watching the game in the cafeteria.
There were some new students and audience members to come in and watch the game after half time as well.
With five minutes left in the game, Lipscomb cheerleader Samson Tucker (who wasn’t able to make the trip to New York with the rest of the cheer team) said he wasn’t going to give up.
“I know it’s a long shot, but I still have faith,” Tucker said. “I don’t give up till the last minute.”
Following the championship, Lipscomb student Meagan Drake said she was disappointed about the team’s game.
“I’m a little upset,” Drake said. “I feel like there’s a lot of shots that could have been made and that could have been successful, but you know we work well as a team and just didn’t do as well as we could.”
Student Alex Newsome added that it was a tough game to watch.
“It was tough to see us lose at the end of it,” Newsome said. “All things considered, it was awesome those guys got to be in that position of playing for a championship, and there’s no question the guys left it all on the court.”