ABILENE, Texas – Resuming a rivalry that has been dormant for 57 years, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team is set to take on Abilene Christian on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Moody Coliseum in Abilene, Texas.
The meeting between the two schools will be the eighth in the series all time that Abilene Christian leads 5-2. The last contest came Dec. 15, 1959 with the Wildcats taking an 84-74 win in the Lone Star State.
- Junior guard Garrison Mathews was named the ASUN Conference Player of the Week last Monday for his play in the first two games. The Franklin, Tennessee native averaged 31 points per game and hit 53.3 percent of his attempts beyond the arc. He also made 31 trips to the charity stripe, were he sank 22.
- Mathews enters Monday’s contest ranked tied for 25th nationally in scoring with a 23.5 ppg average. That figure ranks ninth among juniors. He has scored in double figures in 18 straight contests and 32 of the last 33 contests for the Bisons. He leads the nation in free throw attempts (47) and ranks third in free throws made (34).
- After opening the schedule with the first two games at home, the Bisons are in the midst of a six-game road swing and will not return to Don Meyer Court until Dec.4 when rival Belmont comes to campus.
- Lipscomb welcomed Kenny Cooper back to the lineup in Tuesday’s loss at Alabama. The sophomore guard missed the first two games of the season due to injury but returned to make just his second career start. The Nashville native scored nine points, collected three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes of action against the Crimson Tide.
- Mathews led the way against Emory 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 last 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).
- Eli Pepper grabbed his 500th career rebound in last Tuesday night’s contest at Alabama. He is only the fourth player (Adnan Hodzic, Brandon Brown, Josh Slater, Malcolm Smith) in school history to have reached the plateau in the NCAA era.
- 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.