Monday, November 21, 2016

Fordham 85, Lipscomb 69: Tempo-Free Recap

By Ray Floriani (@rfloriani)

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.

The numbers:
Possessions: Fordham 77, Lipscomb 78
Offensive efficiency: Fordham 110, Lipscomb 89

Four Factors:
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:
Fordham 3-0
Saint Peter’s 2-1
FDU 1-2
Lipscomb 0-3

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.

1 comment:

  1. Can the Johnny Bach Classic be even consider a tournament? What a joke! And the Fordham fans actually believe the program is better under Coach Neubauer than Coach Pecora. If they believe this, they live in fantasy land.

    Can't wait for the day when the A-10 kick us out of the conference!!