|November 06, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SEWANEE||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.354 (17-48)||.537 (36-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.290 (9-31)||.258 (8-31)|
|FT Percentage||.476 (10-21)||.680 (17-25)|
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NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team kicks off its 88th season of play Tuesday night hosting Sewanee at 7:15 p.m. at Allen Arena.
After winning their first ASUN title and making it to the NCAA Tournament a season ago, this campaign is one of the most anticipated in school history.
Fans will get plenty of opportunities to see Lipscomb early in the season as the first three games of 2018-19 are at home.
- The matchup features just the second meeting between the two schools on the hardwood in 15 years and only the fourth since 1984.
- The series between Lipscomb and Sewanee dates back to 1941 when the Bisons used a high-powered offense to tame the Tigers 43-32.
- The two teams have met at least 36 times with Lipscomb holding a 25-7 edge and the result of one contest unknown. The Bisons and Tigers played regularly from 1965-1984.
- Lipscomb and Sewanee last met in the season opener in 2016 when the Bisons rolled 96-53 behind 22 points from Rob Marberry.
- Lipscomb owns a 14-3 mark in home lid lifters in the NCAA Division I era.
- The game features the opening of the 18thseason of NCAA play for Lipscomb.
- The Bisons are 22-0 at Allen Arena against non NCAA Division I foes.
- Lipscomb was tabbed the ASUN Conference preseason favorite by a vote of the league’s skippers and the league’s media members. The Bisons return their top six scorers from a season ago.
- Senior Garrison Mathews was voted the ASUN Preseason Player of the Year as a unanimous All-ASUN First Team Selection.
- Marberry joined the fellow senior on the First Team.
- The Purple and Gold return one of the most-experience teams in the country as 91.5 percent of the offense is back from a team that ranked 23rd in the nation averaging 82.1 points per game.
- With a total of 6,040 points, the Bisons have the most career points on the roster than any other team in the country. Kansas State is second with 4,650.
- Lipscomb also returns 92 percent of assists from a year ago when the Bisons averaged 15.7 per game.
- Mathews begins his senior campaign with 1,477 career points, most among all active ASUN players, after leading the league with 21.7 last season.
- In league play, Mathews (21.5) and Marberry (20.1) were the top two scorers and a big reason the Bisons registered a 10-4 ASUN mark.
- Marberry enters the season just 55 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career. From the post position, he provided the team 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.
- Other starters back for Lipscomb include Kenny Cooper, Michael Buckland and Eli Pepper.
- Cooper tacked on 10.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore as the only true point guard on the floor last season. He led the ASUN in swipes.
- Buckland chipped in 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steal per outing, while Pepper pulled down a team-best 7.9 boards to go along with 6.9 points.
- A key addition to the roster is the return of redshirt senior Nate Moran. The point guard missed all of last season with injury but he brings a wealth of experience.
- In 68 career games, Moran has 982 points, 357 assists, 91 steals and 223 career long balls.
- As a junior in 2016-17, Moran averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 assists and led the ASUN in free throw percentage (.859) in 33 starts.
- Matt Rose returns as a scoring threat from anywhere on the court, but especially from behind the arc. He drained 62 treys at a .369 clip last season while averaging 8.2 points in nearly 20 minutes of action per contest.
- Head Coach Casey Alexander enters his sixth season as the skipper of the Bisons. He was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year in the spring.
- The Bisons will welcome three freshmen – Alex Jones, Jaxson Strates and Jake Wolfe – to the roster in 2018-19.
The Bisons will host Tennessee State for homecoming on Saturday and then will welcome Belmont next Thursday, Nov. 15 for the first installment of the Battle of the Boulevard.