|December 04, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||BEL|
|FG Percentage||.412 (28-68)||.441 (30-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.269 (7-26)||.400 (12-30)|
|FT Percentage||.786 (11-14)||.667 (4-6)|
MARBERRY - 8
MURPHY - 7
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team is set for a “Battle of the Boulevard” rematch against Belmont as the Bisons make the short trek up Belmont Boulevard to take on the Bruins at the Curb Event Center Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
The Bisons (6-1) will look to finish off a perfect five-game road trip and avenge their only loss of the season in the 144th installment of the storied rivalry on ESPN+.
Lipscomb is off to its best start since 2004-05 when those Bisons also opened the year 6-1. They will have a tough test ahead of them as Belmont enters the game 103-8 at the Curb since 2011.
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LAST TIME OUT
- Lipscomb won its fourth-straight game with an 84-74 victory at Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
- Garrison Mathews poured in a season-high 29 points, including 13 of the team’s first 24, after going 8-19 from the floor and 9-10 from the free throw line.
- Rob Marberry scored 12, while Kenny Cooper and Ahsan Asadullah each chipped in 10.
- Eli Pepper led the team with 11 rebounds and a career high four steals.
- The Bisons got to the line often, knocking down 22-29.
- It was the program’s first win over the Blue Raiders in its NCAA era.
- Lipscomb owns a 75-68 series lead against Belmont all-time, but trails 11-21 in the NCAA era.
- Belmont came to Allen Arena two weeks ago and beat the Bisons 87-83 in the season’s first meeting.
- Lipscomb got 27 from Mathews and 18 from Cooper, but it wasn’t enough to overcome early shooting woes and a 19-point second-half deficit.
- The Bisons swept the Bruins in two meeting last season, ending an 11-game win streak in the series for Belmont.
- Lipscomb knocked off the Bruins 74-66 at the Curb Event Center in the first meeting of 2017 after building a 17-point second half lead. Garrison Mathews had a 22-point effort to go along with an 18-point night from Rob Marberry. This was the first win for Casey Alexander over his alma mater in 11 tries.
- In the second meeting last season, the Bisons forced 21 turnovers and claimed a 69-54 victory at Allen Arena, as Mathews erupted for a team-high 26 points. It marked the first time since 2009-10 that Lipscomb swept the season series against Belmont.
- The Lipscomb-Belmont rivalry is the closest basketball rivalry in NCAA DIvision I as the two schools are separated by just two miles. Cincinnati/Xavier and Rice/Houston each sit three miles apart.
- The ties between the two coaching staffs are deep with Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander having starred on the court for the Bruins from 1991-95 before joining Rick Byrd’s staff for 16 seasons.
- Bisons assistant coach Steve Drabyn was also a standout guard for Belmont from 2000-04 and was inducted into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. He was an All-Atlantic Sun selection and led the nation in field goal percentage in 2003. He also ranks ninth on the Bruins’ NCAA era scoring list with 1,237 points.
- Lipscomb associate head coach Roger Idstrom also spent from 2000-11 on the Belmont bench as one of Byrd’s assistants. Belmont assistant coach Brian Ayers suited up for the Bisons from 1989-93 under legendary coach Don Meyer. Ayers coached with Alexander at Belmont from 1998-2011 and Idstrom from 2000-11.
- Alexander enters the contest 2-11 against his mentor. He is 2-9 with Lipscomb after going 0-2 as the head man at Stetson.
- Lipscomb is 1-4 against the Bruins at Allen Arena under Alexander. The win came last season.
- The Bruins enter Tuesday 6-1 on the year after dropping their first contest on Saturday, 100-92, at Green Bay.
- Belmont has knocked off a number of familiar foes, including Middle Tennessee (92-73), Trevecca (104-50), and Kennesaw State (91-53). They also have wins over Illinois State (100-89) and Samford (99-93).
- The Bruins rank among the nation’s leaders in multiple categories: assist per game (2nd – 21.1), defensive rebounds per game (2nd – 32.7), scoring offense (4th – 95.0) and total rebounds (6th – 44.86).
- Shooting at a 50.7 clip from the floor, they also rank 13th nationally in field goal percentage.
- Individually Belmont is led by senior All-American candidate Dylan Windler. The Preseason OVC Player of the Year is averaging 21.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and shooting 53% from the field.
- Four other players are scoring in double figures. Nick Muszynski (15.1), Caleb Hollander (13.4), Kevin McClain (12.6) and Grayson Murphy (10.9).
- Murphy is 24th in the country averaging 7.1 assists per game.
- Lipscomb has won 14 of 16 games dating back to last season, and nine straight on the road.
- The Bisons climbed to 7th on the latest College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll, released Monday.
- On Saturday Mathews moved into 10th all-time in Lipscomb’s scoring list with 1,868 career points. He also passed Stetson’s Divine Myles (2014-18) to crack the top-15 in ASUN Conference history.
- He needs just 13 more points to move past Steve Flatt (1973-77) for 9th, who has 1,880.
- Mathews garnered his 8th-career ASUN Player of the Week honor Monday, tying Centenary’s Willie Jackson (1980-84) for the most all-time in conference history for men’s basketball.
- The senior preseason Player of the Year stands 6thon the active career scoring leaders list in Division I. He trails Wofford’s Fletcher Magee (1,950) for 5th.
- Mathews also ranks among the NCAA’s career leaders in free throws made (6th), three-pointers attempted (7th), field goals attempted (7th), 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.
- Lipscomb has opened the season with four road wins coming against SMU, then No. 18 TCU, Morehead State and Middle Tennessee. The Bisons registered a 10-7 road record last season, which led the conference.
- The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 84.1 PPG, four points higher than second place Liberty, and 9.2 points higher than North Florida in third.
- 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 8.1 PPG for the year and second in rebounds (5.4).
- 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 28thin D-I in assists at 17.4 APG.
- They also sit 12th in the country in percentage of three-pointers assisted on with a mark of 95.3%.
- The Bisons are 30th nationally with a 76.1 percentage at the free throw line. They have knocked down 134 of 176.
- Their defense has been as stingy as they come, ranking 11thnationally in forcing 18.57 turnovers per game. Kenny Cooper leads the way with 2.57 per game – the 15th best mark in the country.
- Mathews is coming off his 7thcareer ASUN Player of the Week honor after scoring 29 points with four three-pointers and nine free throws. Registered his fourth 20-point game of the season and 43nd of his career in helping the Bisons grab their fifth-straight road win at MT.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 6,629 points, the Bisons have the most career points on the roster than any other team in the country. Kansas State is second with 5,159.
- Lipscomb also returned 92 percent of its assists from a year ago when the Bisons averaged 15.7 per game.
Lipscomb will make a quick pit stop at home on Sunday when the Bisons welcome Navy to Allen Arena at 1:30 p.m. The contest is a return for the Midshipmen after Lipscomb went to Annapolis, Maryland last season and won 73-64.