|December 17, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ACU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.403 (25-62)||.385 (20-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.150 (3-20)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (9-11)||.774 (24-31)|
MATHEWS - 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues home action on Sunday afternoon hosting Abilene Christian at Allen Arena at 1 p.m.
The contest marks the first meeting in Nashville since 1958 when Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was the No. 1 movie in the country and the Teddy Bears ruled the music charts with To Know Him is to Love Him. The Wildcats own a 5-3 edge in the all-time series.
The game will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call from Don Meyer Court. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com
- The contest is a rematch of the Nov. 20 game in Abilene that saw the Bisons claim a 75-67 victory. Lipscomb got 30 points off the bench including 15 from Matt Rose to earn the win.
- Junior guard Garrison Mathews enters Saturday’s contest as the leading scorer in the ASUN averaging 19.9 points per game. That figure ranks him 52nd nationally overall and 12th among junior guards.
- Mathews was named the ASUN Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 4 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 11 games in the books, the Bisons are ranked 36th in RPI, the highest in the ASUN and just three spots higher than the lowest in school history earlier in the week at 32. The next closest team in the ASUN is FGCU at 117. The firgure ranks third in the state of Tennessee behind Tennessee and Middle Tennessee.
- After trips to Alabama and Texas, the Bisons returned to the “Volunteer State” for seven consecutive games. Lipscomb trekked to Belmont, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State before returning to Allen Arena to host the Bruins. The 7-game run ends on Sunday against Abilene Christian.
- 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.
Up next: The Bisons continue home action on Sunday hosting Abilene Christian in the Music City for the first time since 1958. The contest tipsoff at 1 p.m. at Allen Arena and will air on ESPN3. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com