Lipscomb hangs on for 67-65 win over Abilene Christian

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rob Marberry scored 24 points with 11-for-15 shooting and Lipscomb hung on Sunday for a 67-65 win over Abilene Christian.

Lipscomb (8-4) led by as much as 17 in the first half but Abilene Christian kept chipping away, trimming the deficit to eight at intermission and closing to within three on a pair of free throws from Jalone Friday to trail 63-60 with 1:37 left to play. The Wildcats cut it to 65-63 with Payten Ricks’ 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining.

Michael Buckland padded Lipscomb’s advantage back to four with a pair of free throws and Abilene Christian (7-4) got a final jumper from Friday just ahead of the buzzer.

Garrison Mathews added 22 points and Eli Pepper had 14 rebounds to help Lipscomb secure the season sweep over the Wildcats.

Payten Ricks led Abilene Christian with 19 points, Jaren Lewis added 13 points and Tevin Foster had 10.