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 slams door on Belmont comeback effort
Monday, November 27, 2017
Men's hoops slams door on Belmont comeback effort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s rare when the sequel is better than the first offering, but that was certainly the case for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team in a 74-66 win over Belmont Monday night at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

A year ago, the Bisons (4-2) saw an 18-point lead vanish to the Bruins (4-3) on their home court in a 64-62 heartbreaking loss, but Monday night, Lipscomb refused to let Belmont come from 17 back thanks to a number of key plays down the stretch.  No play was bigger than an offensive rebound by Eli Pepper off a missed free throw with 27 seconds remaining and a 70-66 game.  The post player put the ball back through the hoop and pushed the margin back to six for the Purple and Gold to help seal the win.

“I told our guys in the locker room that we just beat a really good team and the reason that it feels so good is that we beat a really good team,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We need to understand that we can be a really good team when we put things together.

“I’m glad for our team to get this win. It was frustrating last year when we played two great games against Belmont and lost both of them.  It’s much better to be on this side of things without a doubt. It’s really meaningful for our players and our school.”

Lipscomb was led in scoring by a 22-point effort from Garrison Mathews to go along with an 18-point night from Rob Marberry, who hit 9-of-13 from the field.  Kenny Cooper added 10 points, including one of the biggest buckets of the night after a steal and fast-break layup with 2:35 to play to give the Bisons a 3-point lead.

Herd notes:

  • The win snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Bisons against Belmont and was the first win for Alexander over his alma mater in 11 tries.
  • Pepper also scored in double figures for Lipscomb with 10 points.
  • Lipscomb held a 47.4 - 35.0 advantage in shooting from the floor and a 50 - 30.3 advantage from beyond the arc.
  • The Bisons 10, 3-pointers is a season high.
  • Lipscomb dominated the paint outscoring Belmont 30-20 down low and holding a 39-37 advantage on the boards.
  • Marberry is now 20-of-24 in his two career games at the Curb Event Center. He was a perfect 11-for-11 last season.
  • Cooper notched a season high four steals in the win.

Up next:  The Bisons travel to Tennessee Tech Wednesday night for a 6 p.m. tilt in Cookeville, Tennessee.