|November 17, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.579 (33-57)||.333 (23-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.485 (16-33)||.273 (9-33)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (5-7)||.700 (7-10)|
- 22||Josh Williams
- 9||Talbott Denny
- 8||Nathan Moran
Jc Hampton - 3
- 4||Nathan Moran
Brett Wishon - 2
- 2||Jc Hampton
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With a season-opening win over Berry in the books on Friday night, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues home action on Monday night hosting rival Belmont at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena in the “Music City”.
Limited tickets remain for the event and can be purchased online at http://www.LipscombTickets.com or by calling 615-966-HERD (4373) during business hours on Monday. The “Battle of the Boulevard” is also set to air on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action on Don Meyer Court.
The Bisons (1-0) enter the contest fresh off a season-opening 91-70 win on Friday night at home, while the Bruins (0-1) make the short trek down Belmont Boulevard having dropped a 73-70 decision at Wright State.
Fans are encouraged to park at the Lipscomb Academy football field off Caldwell Lane where shuttles from Stewart Transportation Solutions will provide service right to the front door of Allen Arena.
Inside the Herd:
- Monday night marks the 135th meeting between the two foes. Lipscomb holds a 73-61 overall lead in the series but the Bruins own a 14-9 advantage in the NCAA Division I era after taking the last five contests in the series.
- The ties between the two coaching staffs are deep with Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander having starred on the court for the Bruins from 1991-95 before joining Rick Byrd’s staff for 16 seasons. Bisons assistant coach Steve Drabyn was also a standout guard for Belmont from 2000-04. Lipscomb associate head coach Roger Idstrom also spent from 2000-11 on the Belmont bench as one of Byrd’s assistants.
- The Lipscomb players also have connections to Belmont with graduate transfer Chad Lang having suited up for the Bruins the last four seasons and Asa Duvall’s father, Danny, having played for Belmont.
- Alexander enters the contest looking for his first win against his mentor having gone winless in four attempts. Alexander’s Stetson squads came up empty in two tries in 2011-12 and the Bisons dropped both contests to the Bruins a year ago.
- Sophomore Josh Williams opened the season with a 32-point effort against Berry marking the second time in his career he’s reached the 30-point plateau. Williams torched ETSU for 34 points last season and ranks as the only player in the A-Sun with career multiple 30-point games in his career. His effort ranks tied for fifth-best in the nation after the first weekend of action and the second-best game by a sophomore.
- Senior forward Martin Smith heads into the Battle of the Boulevard needing just three points to become the 44th player in Lipscomb history to reach the 1,000 points scored mark. Martin is poised to join twin brother Malcolm in the exclusive club. Malcolm reached the feat in the final game of 2013-14.
- The Bisons enter the contest riding a four-game winning streak at Allen Arena that dates back to Feb. 21. Lipscomb’s last five-game, home winning streak came during the 2010-11 campaign.