ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns to road action on Thursday night taking on Navy at Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. in Annapolis, Maryland.
The contest marks the first meeting between the two teams. It is also the first trip to the state of Maryland for the Bisons.
The game will air on the Patriot League Network with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary on the call.
- A win against Navy would give the Bisons the best start in school history in the NCAA era at 9-4. The 8-4 mark ties the previous best set in 2006-07.
- Junior guard Garrison Mathews enters Thursday’s contest as the leading scorer in the ASUN averaging 20.1 points per game. That figure ranks the junior 53rd 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 12 games in the books, the Bisons are ranked 30th in RPI, the highest in school history, and sit just behind Kentucky in the rankings. Lipscomb sits ranked The next closest team in the ASUN is North Florida at 170.
- 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 7-game run ended 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.