|November 15, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.548 (34-62)||.444 (28-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.409 (9-22)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (10-16)||.731 (19-26)|
MCCLAIN - 2
MORAN - 1
PEPPER - 1
NASHVILLE – The first Battle of the Boulevard of the 2018-19 season lived up to the rivalry’s moniker as Lipscomb and Belmont duked it out for all 40 minutes, with the Bruins coming out on top 87-83.
The Bisons (2-1) came back from 19-down in the final 10 minutes, cutting the Belmont lead to one, but the Bruins (3-0) held on for the win.
Belmont started out on fire, opening with a 13-2 run in the game’s first seven minutes.
Lipscomb quickly answered with a 12-2 run of their own, highlighted by a Kenny Cooper steal and coast-to-coast lay-in, to cut the Bruins lead to 15-14 midway through the first half.
Cooper continued his big first half with a twisting and-one layup to give Lipscomb its first lead of the contest, 19-18, with 6:47 left in the first frame.
The two squads traded blows for the remainder of the first, with the Bruins heading into halftime ahead 37-34.
Lipscomb opened up the second half strong, as senior Rob Marberry earned his first two buckets of the contest in his first game back from injury.
Belmont upped their lead to the biggest margin of the night, 65-46, with 11:30 left in the game.
Lipscomb stormed back in the last stretch of action, but fell just short, giving the Bruins their first win over Lipscomb since the 2016-17 season.
Senior Garrison Mathews paced the Bisons with a game-high 27 points, including 17 in the frantic second-half comeback. He also had three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Cooper, a junior, piled up 18 points, four rebounds, and team-high’s with five assists and three steals.
Junior Michael Buckland notched 13, with nine coming on three consecutive three-pointers in the second half that helped shift the momentum back toward Lipscomb.
Marberry added 10 points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Freshman Caleb Hollander led the Bruins with a double-doubled of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
- Grayson Murphy (17), Nick Muszynski (16), and Kevin McClain (16) also scored in double-figures for Belmont.
- Lipscomb forced 21 Belmont turnovers and only coughed up the ball 14 times. The Bisons notched 24 points off the 20 Bruin turnovers.
- The Bisons were out-rebounded 40-28, and Belmont scored 44 points in the paint to Lipscomb’s 28.
- Mathews recorded his 41st 20-point game, and just missed his eighth 30-point game.
- Belmont’s head coach Rick Byrd was handed a technical during the second half.
- The all-time series now stands at Lipscomb 75 Belmont 68.