|December 01, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MT|
|FG Percentage||.474 (27-57)||.439 (25-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (8-26)||.409 (9-22)|
|FT Percentage||.759 (22-29)||.833 (15-18)|
FLEMING - 2
COOPER - 2
WOLFE - 2
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday to renew an old rivalry with Middle Tennessee.
Despite meeting 51 times in the series history, the Bisons and Blue Raiders will cross paths for the first time since 2007 when the teams tip it up at 5 p.m. in the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.
The 5-1 Bisons have reeled off three-straight victories to give the team its best start since 2004-05 and they will look to keep the momentum rolling.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Bisons trekked to Morehead State last Sunday and routed the Eagles 87-55.
- The 32-point decision was the largest margin of victory for the Bisons over a Division I opponent since a 33-point win over USC Upstate on Feb. 14, 2009.
- Lipscomb shot 46% from the floor after hitting 32-of-69 field goal attempts. They finished 12-of-30 from long distance.
- Ahsan Asadullah paced the way with 15 points and nine rebounds. He was one of four Bisons to record double figures in scoring.
- Rob Marberry chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and three assists in leading Lipscomb to 36 points in the paint
- Dating all the way back to 1937, Middle Tennessee leads the all-time series with Lipscomb 32-19.
- In the program’s NCAA era however, Saturday will represent just the second-ever meeting.
- On November 16, 2007 the Blue Raiders beat the Bisons 68-62.
- Michael Lusk led the team with 16 points, followed by 15 from Eddie Ard.
- Middle Tennessee has won five in a row in the series dating back to 1961.
- Lipscomb’s last victory in the series came Jan. 12, 1961 when the Bisons went on the road and won 68-66 in overtime.
SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
- Middle Tennessee enters the contest 3-4 on the year after dropping three straight games in the Battle 4 Atlantis last week against top competition. They lost 74-52 to #4 Virginia, 84-53 to Butler and 67-54 to Stanford.
- Antonio Green leads the team with 18.0 points per game.
- Reggie Scurry is pouring in 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds each time out, while Karl Gamble leads the team in rebounding at 6.9.
- The Blue Raiders are shooting 43.9% from the floor this season, but are getting outscored 75.6 to 71.6 per game.
- They rank 60th in the nation with 32 total blocks. James Hawthorne leads the club with 12.
- Hawthorne is sixth in Division I with a 95.0 clip from the free throw line. He has knocked down 19-of-20.
- Lipscomb has won 13-of-15 games dating back to last season.
- Garrison Mathews sits with 1,839 career points, which ranks 16th in the ASUN history books. He needs seven points to pass Stetson's Divine Myles (2014-18) and move into the top-15.
- Mathews will crack Lipscomb’s top-10 with eight more points, passing John Kimbrell’s 1,847 (1982-86).
- The senior preseason Player of the Year stands 7th on the active career scoring leaders list in Division I. He is three points behind Georgia Southern’s Tookie Brown.
- Mathews also ranks among the NCAA’s career leaders in free throws made (6th), three-pointers attempted (7th), field goals attempted (8th), free throws attempted (9th) and three-pointers made (11th).
- Lipscomb is currently the only team in Division I with three 1,000 career-point scorers on its roster after Nate Moran and Rob Marberry joined Mathews earlier this season.
- Moran has scored 1,014 over four seasons as a Bison.
- Marberry has totaled just 999 in three years with Lipscomb, but also added 24 as a freshman at Western Kentucky, giving him 1,023 for his collegiate career.
- Lipscomb has opened the season with three road wins coming against SMU, then No. 18 TCU and Morehead State. The Bisons registered a 10-7 road record last season, which led the conference. Lipscomb has upcoming road contests at Belmont and Louisville.
- The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 84.2 PPG, three points higher than second place Liberty.
- Lipscomb also ranked first in scoring offense the last two years in the league at 82.1 (2018) and 85.0 (2017).
- Asadullah has led the team in scoring in two contests; Sewanee (26) & Morehead State (16). The 6-9 center from Atlanta, Georgia ranks third among league freshmen in scoring at 7.8 PPG for the year and second for rebounds (5.7).
- Eli Pepper is one of the best players on Lipscomb at getting to the rim and converting. 70% of his shots have been at the basket this season, and he's cashed in on 71.4% of those attempts.
- The Bisons have of shared the ball well this season, as they lead the ASUN and rank 20th in D-I in assists at 17.8 APG.
- They also sit 12th in the country in percentage of three-pointers assisted on with a mark of 95.3%.
- Their defense has been as stingy as they come, ranking 10th nationally in forcing 18.83 turnovers per game. Kenny Cooper leads the way with 2.67 per game – the 7th best mark in the country.
- Mathews is coming off his 7th career ASUN Player of the Week honor after averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Registered his third 20-point game of the season and 42nd of his career in helping the Bisons grab their first-ever win over a ranked team in #18 TCU.
- The Bisons posted back-to-back 20-win seasons over the past two years for the first time in its NCAA Division I history. Lipscomb's 23 wins last year registered as a program D-I best. Since the 2016-17 season, the Bisons own a combined 48-24 mark.
The Bisons wrap up their five-game road trip on Tuesday with the short trip up Belmont Boulevard to take on the Bruins in the second edition of the Battle of the Boulevard this season. The Bisons and Bruins will tip it up at 7 p.m. at the Curb Event Center on ESPN+.