MOREHEAD, Ky. – Behind Ahsan Asadullah's 15 points and nine rebounds, the Lipscomb men's basketball team picked up a convincing 87-55 road victory over Morehead State Sunday in E.T. Johnson Arena in Morehead, Kentucky.
The 32-point rout equals the largest margin of victory the Bisons have had over a Division I opponent since beating USC Upstate 77-44 on February 14, 2009.
After suffering a home defeat to Belmont on Nov. 15, Lipscomb has since reeled off three consecutive wins on the road.
"It will mean a lot as we move forward," Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said about winning on the road. "I think it is a product of our experience. We won a lot of road games at the end of the season last year and we would like to see it continue."
Dating back to last season, the Bisons have won eight straight true road games. The last loss came at Jacksonville in January.
Teaming with Asadullah to provide the Bisons a 1-2 punch down low with was Rob Marberry. The senior forward posted 13 points, six rebounds and a team-high tying three assists.
Lipscomb used its advantage down low to outrebound the Eagles 40-38 and outscore them in the paint 36-30.
"We did talk about making it an emphasis to get the ball down low today," Alexander said. "We felt like we could get some good angles and good touches inside, whether that meant scoring in the paint or getting kick-out threes. Either way, we felt it needed to be our focus."
The Bisons had their best game of the year behind the arc, knocking down a season-high 12 threes. Senior Nate Moran deposited 4-of-5 long ball attempts in the first half on the way to a season-high 12 points.
"Seeing some shots go in was important for us, because we haven't shot the ball well up to this point this season," Alexander said. "I think this game will help get Nate back to where we are used to seeing him.
"Now, it's not like we should expect him to make four threes every game, but he really shot it with confidence. I expect he will be an important player the rest of the season."
Senior Garrison Mathews got off to a hot start with seven points in the first 4:30 of the game to give the Bisons a lead. They then used a 17-2 run over a five-minute span midway through the opening half to build a 29-11 lead with 7:07 to play before the break.
Senior Matt Rose drained a trey just before the buzzer to send Lipscomb to the locker room with a 48-26 lead.
The second half was much of the same for the Bisons, who forced MSU into 18 turnovers and scored 23 points off the miscues. They recorded nine steals and swatted three while limiting the Eagles to just 35% shooting from the field and 14% from three-point land.
With the victory, Lipscomb is off to its best start since opening 6-1 in 2004-05.
- Lipscomb shot 46% from the floor after hitting 32-of-69 field goal attempts.
- The Bisons finished 12-of-30 from long distance, marking the first time this season they have hit double-digit threes.
- Michael Buckland was the fourth Bison in double-figure scoring with 11 points. He was 3-of-7 from behind the arc and recorded three assists.
- Mathews missed his final five field goal attempts and finished with a season-low seven points in 18 minutes of play. He also added five rebounds.
- The 15 points were the most for Asadullah since recording 26 in the season opener. His nine rebounds matched his career best. He finished 6-of-10 from the floor.
- 11 different players scored a point for the Bisons, and 12 snagged a rebound.
- Lipscomb's bench outscored the Eagles' bench 47-20.
The Bisons continue their five-game road trip Saturday, Dec. 1 when they travel down I-24 to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee. Tip with the Blue Raiders is set for 5 p.m. at the Murph Center.
"I think we can expect a 40-minute battle," Alexander said. "They are coming off a tough trip where they played some high-caliber opponents and they need a win.
"We both have a week to prepare. It's the first time we've played in a while, but it should be a fun game for anyone who wants to watch."