|March 03, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||STET||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.522 (35-67)||.391 (25-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.464 (13-28)||.375 (9-24)|
|FT Percentage||.765 (13-17)||.533 (16-30)|
KORN - 2
PEPPER - 1
WISHON - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The No. 6 Lipscomb men’s basketball squad continues play in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on Thursday night hosting No. 7 Stetson at 6 p.m. at Allen Arena.
The contests marks the first home game for the Bisons in the current league format of all three rounds of the tournament being hosted on campus at the highest remaining seed.
Lipscomb owns a slim 14-13 advantage all-time in the series including both games this season and the last three against the Hatters. The series has been extremely close of late with the last four meetings having been decided by five points or less.
A win would give the Bisons only the second appearance in the A-Sun finals in school history and the first since 2006.
The contest will air live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.
Inside the Herd:
- Thursday night’s semifinal matchup is the first playoff game on campus for the Bisons in seven years. Lipscomb previously hosted the Atlantic Sun Championship in 2008 and 2009.
- The Bisons look to defeat Stetson for the third time this season. The last time that Lipscomb downed the same opponent three times in one season was 2006-07 when the Purple and Gold took 3-of-3 from Mercer.
- Junior guard J.C. Hampton was named to the A-Sun All-Conference second team on Monday. He was joined in postseason honors by rookies Garrison Mathews and Eli Pepper, who were named to the All-Freshman squad.
- Junior guard Cam Miller and sophomore center George Brammeier were honored on Tuesday for their work in the classroom and on the court. Miller owns a 3.89 grade-point-average in corporate management, while Brammeier sports a 3.42 GPA in biochemistry.
- With all 14 league games complete, the Bisons boast three of the top-16 scorers in league action. Hampton and Mathews are tied for 10th with a 15.2 ppg average ahead of sophomore guard Nathan Moran, who ranks 16th at 13.9 ppg.
- Hampton became the 46th member of the 1,000-point club Lipscomb with a 17-point effort at Jacksonville reaching the feat in 83 games.
- Junior guard Josh Williams sustained a torn left ACL in the first half against Princeton. Williams had surgery on Dec. 17 and will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season. He joins Talbot Denny (Arm), and Dylan Greene (Heel) as members of the team sidelined due to injury. David Wishon (Wrist) returned to action against UNF after missing the seven previous games.
- Williams became the 45th member of the Lipscomb 1,000-point club Nov. 27 with a 21-point effort at South Carolina. Williams reached the mark in 68 career games becoming the fastest player in the NCAA Division I era for the Bisons to reach the mark.
- The Bisons have been spreading the ball around so far in 2015-16 ranking seventh in the nation and leading the A-Sun with 536 assists. The Bisons have notched 20-plus assists in six games this season.
- Lipscomb ranks fourth in the nation with a school-record 322; 3-point field goals made and sits fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal attempts with 897 trifectas launched. The Bisons 10.1, 3-point field goals per game ranks 10th in NCAA Division I.
- Freshman forward Eli Pepper ranks tied for fourth in the nation among rookies with 182 defensive rebounds. The newcomer has grabbed eight or more rebounds in 17 contests and ranks third in the A-Sun in league contests with 8.4 rpg.
- Hampton earned all-tournament honors in the Men Against Breast Cancer Challenge in Oxford, Ohio. Hampton averaged 14 points per game to go along with a 4.0 rebound-per-game average.