|March 19, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||DAV|
|FG Percentage||.536 (30-56)||.508 (30-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.524 (11-21)||.462 (12-26)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (18-22)||.818 (9-11)|
GRADY - 7
ASADULLAH - 1
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team begins postseason play on Tuesday as the Bisons head to North Carolina to face Davidson in the first round of the NIT.
The No. 4 seed Wildcats and No. 5 seed Bisons will tip off at 6 p.m. CT in the John M. Belk Arena. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.
Lipscomb enters the postseason 25-7 overall. The Bisons 14-2 ASUN record earned them a share of the conference regular season title. As the top seed in the ASUN Tournament, Lipscomb secured an automatic bid to the NIT.
Davidson was selected as an at-large bid to the tournament after posting a 23-9 record, including 14-4 in Atlantic 10 play. This will be the first-ever matchup between the two programs.
- The No. 2-seeded Wildcats bowed out of the A10 Tournament 67-44 to No. 6 Saint Louis in the semifinals. They defeated No. 10 Saint Joe’s 70-60 in the quarterfinals.
- Junior Jon Axel Gundmundsson was named the A10 Player of the Year after leading Davidson in scoring (17.2), rebounding (7.3), and assists (4.7).
- Kellan Grady (16.8), Luka Brajkovic (10.9) and Luke Frampton (10.1) are also averaging in double-figures. Grady was also First-Team All-Conference.
- The Wildcats are 3-7 all-time in the NIT. Their last appearance came in 2016, an 84-74 loss at Florida State. This is their first time hosting.
- Davidson head coach Bob McKillop is in his 30th season at the school. He has led the Wildcats to 17 postseason appearances.
- The Bisons enter the NIT after falling to Liberty 74-68 in the ASUN Championship game.
- This is the second NIT appearance in program history. The previous bid came in 2006 where Lipscomb fell at UTEP 85-66.
- Lipscomb has played seven games against 2019 NCAA Tournament teams, posting a 2-5 record, and two against 2019 NIT squads, posting a 1-1 record.
- The Bisons 5-seed is the highest seed for an ASUN squad in the NIT since the tournament adopted the seeding format in 2007.
- The Bisons lead the ASUN and rank 8th nationally with 17.3 APG this season.
- Senior Garrison Mathews was named to the USBWA All-District IV team, the first honor in program history.
- Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 20.1 PPG. He is one of three players nationally to enter the postseason averaging at least 20 points for the third consecutive season along with Campbell’s Chris Clemons and South Dakota State’s Mike Daum. All three are in the NIT.
- Mathews also moved into 3rdall-time in ASUN history in scoring during the first round of the conference tournament. He has 3,250 career points.
- Fellow senior Rob Marberry joined Mathews on the ASUN All-Conference First Team. He currently ranks 16th in Division I with a 61.7 field goal percentage.
- Senior Eli Pepper has controlled the glass on the year for the Bisons, ranking sixth in the ASUN at 7.4 RPG. When he pulls down double-digit boards in a game, the Bisons are 8-0.
- Lipscomb is scoring 83.4 points per game on the season, good enough for 9thin the nation.
- Junior Kenny Cooper ranks second in the conference for both assists (4.1 per game) and steals (2.0).Cooper’s triple-double against KSU was the first for the Bisons since 2011 when Josh Slater posted 12 points, 10 assists and 10 steals. Those are the only two instances of a triple-double in Lipscomb’s NCAA era.
- The Purple and Gold have recorded three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time in the NCAA Division I era.
The winner of Tuesday’s matchup will face the winner of No 1. UNC Greensboro and No 8. Campbell.