NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns home after five games on the road on Thursday night to host nonconference foe Tennessee Tech at 6:30 p.m. for the inaugural Latino Heritage Night.
The contest will be the first of two meetings this season between the longtime foes. The Eagles own a 41-7 advantage in the series that dates back to 1942 during the heart of World War II.
The game will air live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with father-son duo Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.
The first 300 fans will receive a free, limited edition “Vamos Bisontes” T-shirt. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-4373
- The Bisons are in the midst of a five-game swing against Ohio Valley Conference opponents taking on Belmont twice, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and Morehead. In all, Lipscomb will play eight games against OVC opponents this season.
- Sophomore center Rob Marberry notched a NCAA era record for the Bisons at Belmont by going a perfect 11-for-11 from the field. The feat broke the previous mark of 8-for-8 by Michael Teller in 2008 against USC Upstate.
- After setting the school record for 3-pointers made in 2015-16 (331), the Bisons aerial attack is in full swing again this season. With seven games in the books, Lipscomb ranks 26th in the NCAA with 66 treys made so far.
- Despite the potent aerial assault, the Bisons hit just one trey in the loss at Belmont marking the first time since 2008 that Lipscomb failed to hit two or more shots beyond the arc.
- Scoring 21 points in the final 20 minutes of play, sophomore guard Garrison Mathews matched his career with a 27-point effort in the Bisons loss at Morehead St.
- Fellow newcomer Michael Buckland also narrowly missed a double-double in his debut in Purple and Gold nothing eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Sophomore forward Eli Pepper returned to the lineup against Piedmont after missing the first two contests with an injury. Prior to missing those pair of contests, Pepper had started all 33 games he had played in.
- The Bisons were tabbed to finish fourth in ASUN league standings by a vote of the league coaches. That was two slots higher than the media, who predicted a sixth-place finish for Lipscomb. Both groups forecasted a first-place finish for reigning tournament champion FGCU.
- The league skippers voted senior guard Josh Williams onto the preseason All-ASUN team. Williams returns for his final campaign after becoming the fastest player in the NCAA era to reach the 1,000 point mark last season. Williams became the 45th member of the exclusive club before a knee-injury sidelined him before the Christmas break. Williams returned to the Lipscomb lineup against Sewanee scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds.
- Williams sits 37th all-time in scoring with 1,148 after surpassing Jordan Burgason, who ranks 39th with 1,132 in the Piedmont game. The senior trails Ricky Bowers by three points.
- Lipscomb returns 74.1 percent of the offense from 2015-16 that nailed an NCAA era school record 331 shots from beyond the arc. The Bisons also set the school mark for most points in a season with 2,590.
- Nearly half of the Lipscomb roster is from the Nashville metropolitan area. Seven players (Rob Marberry - Nashville, Cam Miller - Franklin, Nathan Moran - Franklin, Asa Duvall - Brentwood, John Matt Merritt - Nashville, Kenny Cooper - Nashville, Garrison Mathews) call the Music City home.