|December 29, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MU-M|
|FG Percentage||.455 (25-55)||.373 (22-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (10-26)||.200 (4-20)|
|FT Percentage||.677 (21-31)||.683 (28-41)|
MORAN - 3
PURYEAR - 1
SMITH - 1
MARBERRY - 1
KORN - 1
NIKKO - 2
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team wraps up a four-game road swing on Thursday night taking on Missouri at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri at 7 p.m.
The contest marks the third meeting all-time between the Bisons and Tigers. Missouri owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series having won in 2015 and 2006. The previous meeting saw Lipscomb fall 72-60 despite a 17-point effort from then freshman Nathan Moran.
Thursday night’s contest is scheduled to air online on SEC Network + and the WatchESPN app with Ben Arnet and Jarrett Sutton.
- Thursday night’s contest is the lone game for the Bisons outside of the state of Tennessee in the month of December. It also marks the lone trip west of the Mississippi River for the team.
- Freshman guard Kenny Cooper was honored by the ASUN Conference on Monday as the league’s Newcomer of the Week. Cooper scored 10 points, added five assists and collected two steals in the Bisons 99-85 win at Austin Peay.
- Senior Josh Williams and sophomore Garrison Mathews have both picked up ASUN Player of the Week honors in the month of December. Williams was honored on Dec. 20 after averaging 20.5 ppg including a game-winning trey at Tennessee Tech with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock. Mathews earned league honors on Dec. 13 after averaging 30.5 points per game and six rebounds per outing. The Franklin, Tennessee native scored a career high 36 points against Morehead State, just two points shy of the Lipscomb NCAA era record. He hit 8-of-10 from beyond the arc to come up just one triple shy of tying that school mark as well. He opened the week with a 25-point effort against rival Belmont.
- Mathews and Williams are the first back-to-back winners for the Bisons since Josh Slater and Adnan Hodzic accomplished the feat in 2009-10.
- Sophomore center Rob Marberry notched an 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 and is the best by any player against Belmont in the NCAA era. His streak eventually reached 15 straight buckets before he missed his second shot against TSU.
- Marberry was honored for his efforts by the ASUN being named the league’s Newcomer of the Week for his play a week ago. He averaged 16.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.7 bpg and shot 71.2 percent from the field.
- 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 15 games in the books, Lipscomb ranks 3rd in the NCAA with 154 treys made so far.
- Lipscomb is also ranked among the nation’s best in free throw attempts (3rd, 383), free throws made (8th, 264), 3-point field goals attempted (5th, 406), total assists (3rd, 258) and total rebounds (25th, 539).
- 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 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 sits 27th all-time in scoring with 1,255 after surpassing Thomas Lanier, who ranks 28th with 1,260. Williams trails Billy Bennett, who finished with 1,292. The Jackson, Mississippi native ranks sixth among players in the NCAA Division I era.
- Nearly half of the 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.