NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues home action on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena hosting Tennessee State in a nonconference contest at 4 p.m.
The contest marks just the sixth meeting between the two schools despite the campuses being less than six miles apart. The Bisons hold a slim 3-2 advantage in the series after the Tigers took an 89-86 win last season at TSU
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. 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. The Nashville native enters Saturday’s game having made 14 straight after sinking all three shots against Tennessee Tech and his final attempt at Cincinnati last Saturday.
- Notching 104 points against Tennessee Tech, the Bisons set a school mark for points against an NCAA Division I opponent in regulation and tied the mark for most points against an NCAA Division I opponent overall. The previous time was in 2012 in an overtime win against Stetson.
- 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 nine games in the books, Lipscomb ranks 9th in the NCAA with 80 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. The Purple and Gold responded by hitting 14 against Tennessee Tech on Thursday night
- 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.
- 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 33rd all-time and seventh in the NCAA era in scoring with 1,173 after surpassing former teammate J.C. Hampton, who ranks 34th with 1,167. Williams trails Michael Green, who finished with 1,198.
- 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.