NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Riding a three-game winning streak, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host cross-town foe Fisk at Allen Arena in the final nonconference contest of the season.
The contest marks the 14th meeting between the Bisons and Bulldogs in the series that dates back to 1982. Lipscomb has won all 13 previous meetings including a 12-0 mark on campus and a 4-0 record in Allen Arena. Indcluded in the series is a 151-66 win for the Bisons in 1991 that set the school record for points in a game and assists in a game (54).
Thursday night’s contest is scheduled to air online on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.
- Junior guard Nathan Moran collected ASUN Player of the Week honors on Monday for his play in the Bisons 81-76 win at Missouri last Thursday night. Moran posted a season-high, 22-point night against the Tigers as Lipscomb collected its first win over an SEC team since downing Vanderbilt in 1951. The Franklin, Tennessee native hit 5-of-10 beyond the arc, added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory.
- Senior Josh Williams and sophomore Garrison Mathews 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.
- The wins by Moran, Williams and Mathews ties the most players to win in a season that was set in 2006-07 when Eddie Ard, Brian Fisk and Trey Williams earned league laurels in 2006-07.
- 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 16 games in the books, Lipscomb ranks 5th in the NCAA with 164 treys made so far.
- Lipscomb is also ranked among the nation’s best in free throw attempts (4th, 414), free throws made (9th, 285), 3-point field goals attempted (7th, 432), and total assists (10th, 273).
- 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.