Let me preface this article by saying something, it is good to be back.
The Golden Eagles echoed the same sentiment Wednesday night as they returned to the Hooper Eblen Center for the first time in a week after spending a week at the Tulane Green Wave tournament during Thanksgiving. They played some good competition, playing Southeastern Louisiana as part of a home and home, winning at the Hooper Eblen Center, then falling in Louisiana. Tech also played Southern Miss and Tulane, falling to both, albeit to Tulane by single digits.
TTU took on Lipscomb on the eve of the the TSSAA Bluecross Bowl, drawing a larger than usual crowd, it was a rather electric environment, as the Golden Eagles played host to an in-state rival. Lipscomb came into the game 2-4, while Tech came into the contest 3-3, effectively locking down the Hooper Eblen Center with an undefeated record of 3-0 at home.
The Golden Eagles messed with the Bison, and got grazed by the horns, the game started off simple enough, both teams traded baskets and got busy in the paint.
Then Lipscomb gave Tech the business from downtown. Lipscomb guard Josh Williams at one point hit four shots in a row from deep, sparking Lipscomb to 16-2 run, it started to get ugly and we weren’t out of the first half, if I hadn’t volunteered to participate in a little contest at half I probably would have left, it got that ugly.
Then Tech’s Dwan Caldwell blew the doors off the Lipscomb defense down low. A few steals, a couple threes, a few dunks, in addition to some punishing work in the paint brought Tech back within two at the break.
Tech was lackluster from beyond the arc the whole game, but quality over quantity I guess, because every time they needed a three, they hit one. Tech went on a 16-2 just like that, holding a double digit lead, but Lipscomb started mounting a furious comeback, but a timely three by none other than Dwan Caldwell put a quick stop to that, giving him his first double-double on the year after coming extremely close. Charles Jackson, Tech’s other center, had his double-double streak snapped due to two quick fouls and sitting the entire first half
Tech was hammered on the glass, being out rebounded, and outshot, but still won 84-79. The Golden Eagles host the Hiwassee College Tigers of the NCCAA, then go on a three week road trip to big competition such as Alabama and Tennessee.