Key road match with Upstate awaits men's hoops
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Key road match with Upstate awaits men's hoops

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team hits the road for the final time during the 2014-15 regular season on Wednesday night taking on Atlantic Sun Conference foe USC Upstate at the G.B. Hodge Center in Spartanburg at 6 p.m..

The matchup has big implications on the A-Sun race as the Spartans sit in third place at 7-5 just ahead of the Bisons at 6-6.  The contest will air on 94.9 Game 2 with Jonathan Seamon calling the action along with being broadcast on ESPN3 as well as the WatchESPN app.

Wednesday night’s matchup with be the 16th meeting all-time against USC Upstate with the Bisons holding a slim 8-7 advantage in the series.  Lipscomb looks to snap a three-game skid against the Spartans at the Hodge Center.

  • Sophomore guard Josh Williams continues to lead the way for the Bisons averaging a conference second-best 20.8 points per game in league play and 17.3 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.
  • 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 13 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 12 wins have come when the Purple and Gold hold the opponent to 70 points are fewer.  The Bisons are also 7-0 when scoring 80 or more points.