NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team wraps up a six-game road swing of the schedule on Saturday night with a 7 p.m. nonconference contest at Tennessee State at the Gentry Complex in Nashville, Tennessee.
The two teams are tied in the all-time series with each team owning three wins. The Tigers however have had the advantage the last two seasons with back-to-back wins over the Bisons in the series with the last two meetings decided by a total of just four points.
The contest will air on the OVC Digital Network with Jose Garcia on the call.
- Last season’s meeting between the two teams saw the Bisons hit nine triples, but a potential game-winner from Nathan Moran rimmed out in the final seconds as TSU claimed the last minute win.
- 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 Saturday’s contest as the top scorer in the ASUN averaging 20.3 points per game. That figure ranks the junior 45th nationally overall and 14th among junior guards.
- With seven games in the books, the Bisons are ranked 65th in RPI. The next closest team in the ASUN is FGCU at 96.
- After opening the schedule with the first two games at home, the Bisons are in wrapping up a six-game road swing and return to Don Meyer Court on Monday when rival Belmont comes to campus.
- After trips to Alabama and Texas, the Bisons returned 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.
- 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.
- 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).