Road swing closes for men's basketball at NKU on Saturday
Friday, February 6, 2015
Road swing closes for men's basketball at NKU on Saturday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team wraps up a 3-game, Atlantic Sun Conference road swing on Saturday night against Northern Kentucky at the Bank of Kentucky Center a 6 p.m.

The contest will air on 94.9 Game 2 in the Nashville market as well as on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.

The two squads met just last month at Allen Arena with the Bisons taking an 80-61 victory over the Norse.  Sophomore guard Josh Williams led the way against NKU with a 24-point, seven rebound, four assist effort.

Lipscomb holds a 4-1 edge in the series in the NCAA Division I era between the two schools and a 6-2 advantage all-time against Northern Kentucky

Inside the herd:

  • Williams continues to lead the way for the Bisons averaging 20.4 points per game in league play and 16.4 points per outing overall.  He leads the team with 28 steals on the season and is second in rebounding hauling in boards a 5.1 per game clip.
  • Already a member of the exclusive 1,000-point club, senior forward Malcolm Smith is poised to become the NCAA Division I era free throw leader for the Bisons.  The veteran enters Saturday’s contest with 482 career free throws and needs just three gimmes to pass Josh Slater at the head of the line.  That will also move Smith into seventh all-time in the Atlantic Sun Conference.  Ironically, Smith hit 14 free-throws at the Bank of Kentucky Center last year to set a new school mark for free throws in a game.
  • Sophomore guard J.C. Hampton notched 10 assists in the win against Jacksonville becoming just the second Bison to do so in the NCAA era.  Hampton joined Slater, who accomplished the feat five times and holds the single-game record of 11 helpers.  Hampton leads the A-Sun in assist-to-turnover ratio in conference contests.
  • 70 seems to be the magic number for the Bisons as eight of the 10 wins have come when the Purple and Gold hold the opponent to 70 points are fewer.