November 27, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPBEL
FG Percentage.474 (27-57) .350 (21-60)
3P FG Percentage.500 (10-20) .303 (10-33)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .700 (14-20)
Offensive Rebounds59
Defensive Rebounds3428
Total Rebounds3937
Bench Points822
PointsMATHEWS - 22
ReboundsMARBERRY - 8
AssistsCOOPER - 6
LUKE - 5
StealsCOOPER - 4
BlocksBUCKLAND - 2
Men's hoops set for Battle of the Boulevard at Belmont
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Men's hoops set for Battle of the Boulevard at Belmont

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team will hit the court on Monday night for the 141st edition of the “Battle of the Boulevard” taking on Belmont at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Bisons enter the contest with the all-time lead in the series 73-67.  The two teams battled to a pair of heart-wrenching losses for Lipscomb a year ago with the Bruins winning both contests by just two points.

The game will air on the OVC Network with Kevin Ingram and Scott Speedy on the call. 

  • The ties between the two coaching staffs are deep with Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander having starred on the court for the Bruins from 1991-95 before joining Rick Byrd’s staff for 16 seasons. Bisons assistant coach Steve Drabyn was also a standout guard for Belmont from 2000-04 and was recently inducted into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame. Lipscomb associate head coach Roger Idstrom also spent from 2000-11 on the Belmont bench as one of Byrd’s assistants. Belmont assistant coach Brian Ayers suited up for the Bisons from 1989-93 under legendary coach Don Meyer.
  • Junior guard Garrison Mathews was named the ASUN Conference Player of the Week earlier in the month for his play in the first two games of the season. 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 as the top scorer in the ASUN averaging 20.4 points per game. That figure ranks the junior 50th nationally overall and 16th among junior guards.
  • 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.
  • After trips to Alabama and Texas, the Bisons return to the “Volunteer State” for five consecutive games. Lipscomb heads to Belmont, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State before returning to Allen Arena to host the Bruins.  The 5-game run ends at Tennessee on Dec. 9.
  • 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 earlier in the season 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 Nov. 9th when Alex Jones (Alpharetta, Georgia), Jaxson Strates (Orlando, Florida) and Jake Wolfe (Aurora, Illinois) signed their National Letters of Intent.