|November 10, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.414 (29-70)||.491 (28-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.323 (10-31)||.214 (3-14)|
|FT Percentage||.846 (11-13)||.871 (27-31)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues a three-game home stand to open the season Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. contest against crosstown foe Tennessee State at Allen Arena.
Lipscomb is looking to start a season off 2-0 for the second year in a row. Prior to that, the Bisons hadn’t won their first two games since 2006.
The Bisons opened the new campaign in convincing fashion Tuesday with a 97-53 drubbing of Sewanee. Redshirt freshman Ahsan Asadullah led the way with 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting. The big man also brought down a game-high nine boards.
It's homecoming on campus this weekend and the festivities will include the induction ceremony of the 2018 Lipscomb Athletic Hall of Fame class earlier in the day. Fans should be aware of parking and try to arrive as early as possible before the tip.
- The Bisons own a slight 4-3 advantage in the series in the program’s NCAA era after Lipscomb knocked off the Tigers 95-86 in overtime last season in the Gentry Center.
- Michael Buckland led five players in double-figures with 20 points and added six rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks.
- In the previous two games before last season, The Tigers had the advantage with back-to-back wins over the Bisons - decided by a total of just four points.
- Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander and TSU's head man Brian "Penny" Collins are very familiar with one another despite it being Collins' first year with the Tigers.
- When Alexander was on the sideline with Belmont as a head coach, he helped the Bruins snag Collins as a standout point guard from Whites Creek.
- The duo helped the Bruins to their first Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2005-06.
- When Collins' career came to a close, he was the program's all-time assist leader in the Division I era and scored 1,199 career points.
- Collins got his first head coaching job at Columbia State (2012-15), before moving to ETSU as an assistant for two seaons (2015-17) and then to Illinois State last season.
- Lipscomb swiped 20 steals in the win over Sewanee Tuesday, marking the second-most swipes in a game in program history. They stole 24 in a game in 2008 versus Oakland City.
- The Bisons won the rebounding advantage in the opener 41-27. Eli Pepper pulled down six and Kenny Cooper added four behind Asadullah.
- Nate Moran made his first appearance since 2016-17 in the win. The senior guard scored six points in 13 minutes to go along with three assists and three rebounds.
- 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. He scored 16 points after hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
- 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 23rdin 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 enters Saturday with 1,493 career points, most among all active ASUN players. He led the league with 21.7 points per outing 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.
- Kenny Cooper tacked on 10.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore last season 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.
- 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 get a few days off before hosting Belmont next Thursday, Nov. 15 for the first installment of the Battle of the Boulevard. Tip is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena