|February 21, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|FG Percentage||.527 (29-55)||.474 (27-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.370 (10-27)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.760 (19-25)||.613 (19-31)|
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team hits the court against Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium for the final of four regular-season, Atlantic Sun Conference contests in the “Sunshine State”.
The matinee contest will air on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The tilt will also air on 94.9 Game 2 with Jonathan Seamon providing all of the action from the “River City”.
It will be the first meeting between the two league foes at Swisher Gymansium since 2012 when the Bisons took a 77-71 win over the Dolphins. Jacksonville enters the game riding a 7-game winning streak at Swisher and a 20-4 mark since 2008-09.
The Bisons claimed an 80-77, double-overtime victory over the Dolphins last month in Nashville to pull within one game of evening the all-time series. Jacksonville holds a 13-12 advantage between the two schools.
Inside the herd:
- Sophomore guard Josh Williams continues to lead the way for the Bisons averaging a conference second-best 20.7 points per game in league play and 17.1 points per outing overall. He leads the team with 38 steals on the season and is second on the team lead in rebounding hauling in boards a 4.8 per game clip.
- The Bisons welcomed senior forward Martin Smith back to the lineup on Saturday against FGCU. The veteran wingman had been out for 15 games after suffering a foot injury at Austin Peay on Dec. 13.
- Already a member of the exclusive 1,000-point club, senior forward Malcolm Smith became the NCAA era career record holder for the Bisons on Feb. 7 hitting eight gimmes to pass Josh Slater’s previous mark of 484. The Clarksville native ranks seventh all-time in A-Sun history and currently sits in third in scoring in league games with a 17.5 ppg average.
- 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.
- The Bisons have tried 12 different starting lineups in 2014-15 with no fivesome getting more than six starts. The quintet of Nathan Moran, J.C. Hampton, Josh Williams, Malcolm Smith and Brett Wishon hold the distinction of starting the most games and posting a 4-2 mark.
- 70 seems to be the magic number for the Bisons as eight of the 11 wins have come when the Purple and Gold hold the opponent to 70 points are fewer.
- With a start against UNF, Malcolm Smith overtook twin brother Martin in the active career games started category. It was the 77th start for Malcolm and his 103rd appearance in Purple and Gold. Only nine other Bisons have played in more contests in the NCAA Division I era.