Sept. 14, 2005
Did You Know?
Former Lipscomb Basketball Coach Charlie "Tiger" Morris served as the Tournament Director for the 49th Annual NAIA Championship in 1986.
The Bisons won their first eighteen games establishing a new school record for consecutive wins.
The Bisons were voted David Lipscomb College's first #1 national ranking in basketball for three consecutive weeks.
The Bisons set a new school record for most victories in a single season with 35 wins.
The Bisons led the nation in field goal shooting percentage shooting a blistering 58.8. This was the second year in a row that Lipscomb was the #1 shooting team in the nation.
The Bisons set a new school record for winning percentage as they won an amazing 35 of 39 games for a 89.7 winning percentage.
The Bisons won their last thirteen games in a row including their five in a row in the NAIA National Tournament.
The Bisons were the only team in the National Tournament to score over 100 points in their semifinal game, thrashing St. Thomas Aquinas 102-91.
The Bisons swept every rival in 1985-86 in Nashville to claim supremacy in the city.
Ralph Turner was in his first season in 1985-86 as an Assistant Coach. Turner made his return after playing for the Bisons from 1975-1979.
After capturing the 1986 National Championship the tournament committee presented Lipscomb with the tournaments Sportsmanship Trophy.
Point Guard Greg Caudle led the Bisons with 28 dunks.
The Bisons continued playing after winning the 1986 championship. In April the traveled to Tokyo, Japan where they finished second in the Japan International Tournament.
After picking up a 62-56 opening game win over Minnesota-Duluth the Bisons faced Emporia State in the game 2. A partisan crowd of 9,807 tried their best to shake the Bisons and had the Bisons on the ropes leading 64-56 with 9:45 left in the game. Chris Martello and Anthony Jones came off the bench to score 23 and 16 points each to spark a remarkable comeback to take a 79-76 win.
Senior John Kimbrell was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. Former Tennessee State Coach John McLendon presented John with his MVP trophy. TSU was the last team from Tennessee to win the NAIA National Championship, capturing tournaments in 1957, 1958 and 1959.
Anthony Jones was also named to the tournament All-tournament team.
Gary Sharpe served as Arkansas-Monticello's head coach against the Bisons in the Championship game. Sharpe is the father of former Bison Al Sharpe.
Arkansas-Monticello defeated Southeastern Oklahoma 67-61 to advance the championship game against the Bisons. Southeastern Oklahoma was led by future NBA star Dennis Rodman who finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
The Bisons had defeated Christian Brothers 79-70 to win the TCAC Tournament. Christian Brothers was coached by Austin Peay Head Coach and Athletic Director Dave Loos.
The Bisons defeated Lincoln-Memorial 93-77 to advance the 1986 NAIA National Tournament. Lincoln-Memorial was coached by Rick Byrd. The Bisons win over LMU would be his final game, the next day he would arrive in Nashville for a press conference where he was named Head Coach at Belmont University.
The 1986 trip to Kansas City was the Bisons third trip in the last five years.
Don Meyer was named Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
John Kimbrell was named the TCAC Most Valuable Player and to the All-District 24 first team. Coach Don Meyer was right when in 1982 he was quoted as saying "I think I have found a sleeper in John Kimbrell."
The Bisons were seeded the #11 team as they entered the National Tournament.