|December 09, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UT|
|FG Percentage||.397 (25-63)||.424 (25-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.318 (7-22)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.800 (24-30)|
MATHEWS - 2
Daniel - 1
Williams - 1
Fulkerson - 1
Alexander - 1
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball makes the trip across I-40 on Saturday for a matinee contest at Thompson-Boling Arena against No. 24 Tennessee in what is just the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools.
The series dates back to 1954 with the Volunteers holding a 3-0 mark all-time against the Bisons. The two teams battled last year in Knoxville with Tennessee claiming a 92-77 win.
The game will air on the SEC Network with Matt Stewart and Debbie Antonelli on the call from Thompson-Boiling Arena.
Herd notes: Junior guard Garrison Mathews enters Saturday’s contest as the leading scorer in the ASUN averaging 19.6 points per game. That figure ranks the junior 63rd nationally overall and 17th among junior guards.
Mathews was named the ASUN Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday after averaging 16 points a game over three contests. He opened the week with a 22-point effort at Belmont to help the Bisons snap an 11-game skid against the Bruins.
With nine games in the books, the Bisons are ranked 39th in RPI, the highest in school history. The next closest team in the ASUN is NJIT at 113.
After trips to Alabama and Texas, the Bisons returned to the “Volunteer State” for five consecutive games. Lipscomb trekked to Belmont, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State before returning to Allen Arena to host the Bruins last Monday night. The 5-game run ends at Tennessee on Saturday.
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 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.