December 04, 20181st2ndFinal
Lipscomb353974
Belmont334376
Stats at a GlanceLIPBEL
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)
Offensive Rebounds105
Defensive Rebounds3431
Total Rebounds4436
Turnovers1412
Steals57
Bench Points2416
LeadersLIPBEL
PointsMARBERRY - 26
MUSZYNSKI - 19
ReboundsMATHEWS - 8
MARBERRY - 8
MUSZYNSKI - 11
AssistsMARBERRY - 4
WINDLER - 7
MURPHY - 7
StealsBUCKLAND - 3
MURPHY - 3
BlocksMARBERRY - 2
MUSZYNSKI - 4
Bisons put winning streak on the line in Battle of the Boulevard
Monday, December 3, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Bisons put winning streak on the line in Battle of the Boulevard

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.

Live stats will be available HERE.


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.


SERIES HISTORY

  • 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.


RICH HISTORY

  • 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.


SCOUTING BELMONT

  • 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.


BISON BITES

  • 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.


UP NEXT
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.