BRONX, NY - Fordham made it a perfect weekend in the Johnny Bach Classic. The Rams defeated Lipscomb 85-69 Sunday at Rose Hill. The visiting Bison of the Atlantic Sun Conference led by as much as six late in the first half. The Rams finished the half strong, taking a 35-32 lead into the break. The final twenty minutes were basically all Fordham.
Possessions: Fordham 77, Lipscomb 78
Offensive efficiency: Fordham 110, Lipscomb 89
eFG%: Fordham 56, Lipscomb 52
Free Throw Rate: Fordham 61, Lipscomb 38
Offensive Rebound%: Fordham 14, Liscomb 28
Turnover Rate: Fordham 16, Liscomb 30
Leading scorers and EF:
Fordham- Christian Sengfelder 23 points, EF 30 (1.15 per minute)
Lipscomb- Garrison Matthews 22 points, EF 31 (.886 per minute EF)
What Fordham did well: Force turnovers. Lipscomb likes to play at a somewhat helter-skelter pace. Possession numbers bear this out. For the Bison, it was their undoing as turnovers proved their undoing.
What Lipscomb did well: When they did finish possessions, they shot the ball well. The eFG mark was aided by knocking down nine treys.
Johnny Bach Classic standings:
Saint Peter’s 2-1
Round-robin play began Friday night, and each day featured a doubleheader. Jeff Neubauer’s club had the round-robin clinched with their win over Saint Peter’s on Saturday. The victory over Lipscomb made it a clean sweep. The Rams improved to 4-1, while Lipscomb is now 2-4.
Lipscomb’s 25 turnovers were in part a product of the very fast pace they employ. It wasn’t just a case of throwing the ball away. The Fordham defense deserves credit, with a disruptive 15 steals.
The Rams have several bigs in their rotation, yet managed just five offensive boards. Lipscomb enjoyed a 41-31 edge in total rebounds. That board work is something to watch closely as the season progresses.
Lipscomb’s Garrison Matthews was impressive. The 6-foot-5 sophomore attacked the basket and was effective in transition. He was able to draw fouls, but shot only 5-of-11 from the charity stripe. By comparison, he was 7-of-10 from the floor.
Matthews was Lipscomb’s lone double figure scorer. Joseph Chartouny (22) and Antwoine Anderson (15) joined Sengfelder in that scoring category.