Lipscomb gave North Carolina everything it could handle in the first half, gaining an early six-point advantage and even a 33-31 lead after 16 minutes. The Tar Heels looked nervous at the start of the game, but Lipscomb was never able to take full advantage of UNC’s slow start. Once Lipscomb went up 33-31, UNC immediately tied the game and went on a 12-1 run to end the first half.
The Tar Heels were led by Kenny Williams (18 points) and Theo Pinson (15 points, 10 rebounds). Lipscomb needed to have a good day from beyond the arc to win, but the Bisons shot 7-28 from three and couldn’t keep pace. The Bisons’ sophomore point guard Kenny Cooper led the team with 14 points, but they fell behind by double digits early in the second half and never chipped away.
Lipscomb had its best season since its regular season Atlantic Sun title in 2010. Casey Alexander has plenty to be proud of in his fifth season at the helm after dethroning Florida Gulf Coast and making the NCAA Tournament. With Garrison Matthews, Rob Marberry and Cooper back for next season, there’s no reason why Lipscomb shouldn’t be competitive next season as well.
UNC will face Texas A&M, which defeated Providence 73-69.