COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Junior DJ Lindsay netted a career-high 19
points and Tennessee Tech took control with a late 12-2 run on the
way to earning a 78-71 non-conference victory over Lipscomb
University Monday night in Eblen Center.
The Golden Eagles also got double-digit scoring efforts from junior Frank Davis with 13, Will Barnes with 12, and freshman Kevin Murphy with 10.
Tech improved to 5-1 in sweeping the two-game, home-and-home series from the Bison out of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Bison center Adnan Hodzic, who missed the first meeting between the teams two weeks earlier, led Lipscomb with 21 points and nine rebounds. Jimmy Oden had 15 points and three steals for Lipscomb, while Brandon Brown added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Lindsay scored 10 of Tech's first 16 points as the Golden Eagles raced out to a 16-6 lead in the first six minutes. Tech's lead grew to as many as 13 points when Alfred Jones scored a layup to make it 29-16 with 3:48 to play in the half.
That's when the visitors caught fire and stitched together a 13-0 run to tie the game, 29-29, with 1:16 to play. It started with a basket by Brandon Brown and a 3-pointer by Michael Lusk, and featured six consecutive points from Michael Teller.
Kevin Murphy's 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining notched the final points of the period and sent the Golden Eagles to the dressing room with a 32-29 lead.
Lipscomb kept things close for the first 10 minutes of the second half, then midway through the period the Bisons claimed their first lead of the night, 54-53, on a layup by Hodzic. Two free throws by Oden made it 56-53 for Lipscomb for the largest lead by the visitors.
The Golden Eagles turned things around over the next six minutes with a 12-2 run, started by a 3-pointer by Elijah Cunningham-Muhammad to tie the score. The run, which included a couple of baskets by Lindsay, put Tech back on top 65-58, and the Golden Eagles managed to hold the edge to the finish line by making free throws.
Lindsay was 9-for-13 from the field for his 19 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Barnes and Davis tied for the team-lead with five assists each. Joining Lindsay in sharing the team-lead in rebounds were guards Zach Bailey and Muhammad with six apiece.
Hodzic, Oden and Slater all left the game early with five fouls. For Tech, Daniel Northern fouled out after scoring seven points and tying his career-high with six blocked shots.
The Golden Eagles had claimed an 83-72 win over Lipscomb in Nashville on Nov. 18.
Tech now has the rest of the week to get ready for its Ohio Valley Conference opener Saturday. The Golden Eagles will host Jacksonville State in the nightcap of an OVC doubleheader, with the women's game starting at 5:30 p.m. and the men's contest slated for 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the games are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.