Lipscomb defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 81-69 Saturday night in Allen Arena to secure a top-two seed in the A-Sun Tournament on Senior Night.
The Bisons were coming off a poor shooting performance against North Florida where the team shot 24% from behind the arc, but they weren’t going to let that carry over into the game against the Dolphins.
Lipscomb shot 44% from behind the 3-point line going 14-34 led by junior forward, Garrison Matthews.
Matthews led both teams in points (28) and rebounds (8), while knocking down seven three-pointers, and dishing out six assists.
“My teammates got me a lot of wide open threes by driving in and kicking it out to me,” Matthews said.
Junior guard Nathan Moran also had a big impact for the Bisons, as he had 21 points while hitting five three-pointers, and picking up eight assists.
The Bisons had the opportunity to honor the three seniors on the team this year; Brett Wishon, Cam Miller, and Josh Williams.
“All three of these guys have pretty unique stories,” Head Coach Casey Alexander says. “All of these guys have battled every single day that they have been here, and they continue to find ways to contribute.”
With just one game remaining in the regular season, the Bisons have an opportunity to earn the number-one seed in the tournament, but they are going to need some help.
In order for the Bison’s to secure the seed they need three things to happen:
1) The Bisons have to beat Kennesaw State
2) Florida Gulf Coast has to lose their game to Stetson
3) USC Upstate has to beat NJIT
The Bisons’ next game is at Kennesaw State, Thursday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The game can be streamed on ESPN3 and has a big impact on the Bisons’ tournament standings, and the players can’t wait for the game to get here.
“I’m really excited for it,” Matthews said. “It’s going to be a good game, but we are going to make sure we pull it out.”
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