|December 17, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CCM||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.279 (17-61)||.597 (46-77)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (12-39)||.444 (12-27)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (2-3)||.789 (15-19)|
Daevon Platt - 3
Tim Snoddy - 3
JONES - 2
COOPER - 2
MARBERRY - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns to Allen Arena on Monday night hosting Covenant at 6:30 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee.
The contest marks the first meeting between the two teams. The game will air on ESPN+ with Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call from Don Meyer Court. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373). Live stats will be available HERE.
LAST TIME OUT
- Lipscomb went on the road and came within two possessions of upsetting Louisville on its home court, but the Cardinals withstood the Bisons charge 72-68.
- The Bisons fought back from a pair of double-digit deficits. They took their only lead on a Michael Buckland runner less than a minute into the second half, and pulled back to within a single point with just over one minute to play.
- Garrison Mathews (20) and Rob Marberry (11) finishing in double figures for Lipscomb.
- Mathews pocketed five of the nine long balls for the Bisons. Matt Rose knocked down two.
- Marberry led the team with seven rebounds despite early foul trouble, while Mathews pulled down six.
- Greg Jones set a career high with six rebounds and tied his previous career high of five points.
- The Scots bring to Nashville a 5-3 overall record after winning each of their last five contests.
- They are averaging 77.9 points, 31.9 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game.
- Covenant’s opponents are scoring 73.6 points per game and grabbing 38.9 rebounds.
- Four players are averaging double figures each time out for the Scots, led by Will Crumly’s 20.0 ppg. Crumly is also pacing the team with 9.0 boards and 1.2 blocks while shooting 55.3% from the floor.
- Bailey Spragg is recording 14.3 points, followed by 12.3 from James Mitchell and 10.8 for Mitchell Hollis.
- Lipscomb has won 15 of 19 games dating back to last season, including a 9-2 mark on the road.
- The Purple and Gold are currently ranked 8th on the latest College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll and 10th in SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness poll.
- Mathews moved into 9th all-time on Lipscomb’s scoring list with his 20-point performance on Wednesday, giving him 1,898 career points to pass Steve Flatt.
- He also climbed to 13th all-time in ASUN history, passing USC Upstate’s Ty Greene (2011-15).
- Marberry earned his first ASUN Player of the week honor of the season on Monday after posting back-to-back 26-point outings versus Belmont and Navy. The senior is second on the team and fifth in the ASUN in scoring at 16.1. The honor was the third of his career.
- The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 83.8 PPG, four points higher than second place Liberty, and 5.5 higher than Jacksonville in third. Lipscomb’s offense ranks 30thnationally in scoring.
- Senior postman Eli Pepper grabbed three rebounds against the Cards, pushing him to 811 for his career. That is the second most in the program’s NCAA era, trailing only Adnan Hodzic’s 840.
- The Bisons have been one of the best teams in the nation getting to the line and converting. They are 179-of-234 at the charity stripe for a 76.5% - the 21stbest mark in Division I.
- Lipscomb’s defense has been as stingy as they come, ranking 24th nationally in forcing 17.4 turnovers per game and 18thin turnover margin at 4.8.
- Kenny Cooper leads the way with 2.30 swipes per game – tied for the 31st best mark in the country.
- Lipscomb is currently one of only two teams in Division I with three 1,000 career-point scorers on its roster after Nate Moran and Rob Marberry joined Garrison Mathews earlier this season. Nevada the other DI team - they have five players with 1,000+ career points. Those five are all transfers.
The last chance for fans to see the Bisons in Allen Arena in 2018 comes Friday when perennial mid-major power Vermont comes to town. The Bisons and Catamounts will tip it up at 7:15 p.m.