NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite just starting the season on Friday night, the Lipscomb men’s basketball is set to make its final appearance of November at Allen Arena on Sunday afternoon when Morehead State comes to campus at 4 p.m.
The contest will be just the third overall meeting between the two schools after the teams exchanged a home-and-home series last season with the home team coming away victorious in each as the series was split. The last meeting saw Garrison Mathews notch a then career-best 36 points against Morehead State hitting eight treys as the Bisons sank 15 from beyond the arc in a 98-84 win.
Sunday’s game, just as all Lipscomb home games in 2017-18, will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan Seamon and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com
- The Bisons are coming off a 98-83 win over Emory on Friday night. Lipscomb placed five players in double figures as the Purple and Gold held off a spirited Emory squad.
- Lipscomb dished out 20 assists in the contest marking the seventh-straight game with 20 or more assists for the Bisons and the 23rd time in the last three seasons.
- Junior Garrison Mathews led the way against the Eagles with a 37-point effort, just two points off his NCAA era record for the Bisons. The 37 points were the fourth most of any player in the country on opening night and ties former Lipscomb great Adnan Hodzic for third most in a game in the NCAA era.
- Lipscomb was predicted to post a second-place finish in the 2017-18 ASUN Conference race by a vote of the league’s skippers and the league’s media members.
- Mathews and Rob Marberry were both unanimous selections to the preseason All-ASUN team. The duo was also named All-ASUN by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
- Mathews was also named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Watch List earlier this week becoming the second Lipscomb player to receive the honor. The award is handed out annually to the nation’s top mid-major player. The Franklin native was also named an honorable mention mid-major All-American by NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
- The Purple and Gold return 81 percent of the offense from last year’s squad that was ninth-best in the nation averaging 85.0 points per game. Lipscomb also returns 85 percent of assists from a year ago when the Bisons ranked third in the country with an 18.2 per game average.
- Lipscomb finished the 2016-17 ranked sixth in the nation for 3-pt FG made. Mathews and senior Nathan Moran were a big reason for that effort as the duo combined for 179 trifectas. That figure ranks third in the nation among returners this season trailing Montana State (190) and Campbell (185).
- After opening the schedule with the first two games at home, the Bisons hit the road for six consecutive games and will not return to Don Meyer Court until Dec.4 when rival Belmont comes to campus.
- Lipscomb inked three high school standouts on Thursday when Alex Jones (Alpharetta, Georgia), Jaxson Strates (Orlando, Florida) and Jake Wolfe (Aurora, Illinois) signed their National Letter of Intent.