|March 23, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UNCG|
|FG Percentage||.525 (32-61)||.391 (25-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.364 (8-22)||.179 (5-28)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (14-18)||.700 (14-20)|
- 24||Francis Alonso
- 11||Angelo Allegri
James Dickey - 5
- 6||Demetrius Troy
- 2||Demetrius Troy
PEPPER - 1
MATHEWS - 1
Kyrin Galloway - 1
Eric Hamilton - 1
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues its postseason quest on Saturday as the Bisons head back to North Carolina to take on UNC Greensboro in the second round of the NIT.
The No. 1 seed Spartans and No. 5 seed Bisons will tip off at 1 p.m. CT in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The game will be shown on ESPN.
Lipscomb enters the meeting 26-7 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.
In the first round, the Bisons dispatched No. 4 Davidson on the road 89-81.
UNCG was selected as an at-large bid to the tournament after posting a 29-6 record, including 15-3 in SoCon play. They were given the number one overall seed after it was announced that they were the first team left out of the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans defeated No. 8 Campbell 84-69 at home in the first round.
- The Spartans bowed out in the championship game of the SoCon Tournament to Wofford 70-58. It was their third loss of the season to the Terriers.
- Senior Francis Alonso leads UNCG in scoring at 17.3 points per game. He was named First-Team All-SoCon.
- Isaiah Miller joins Alonso in double-figures at 15.1 per contest. Miller was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and placed on the All-Conference First-Team.
- The Spartans are 1-2 all-time in the NIT. Their last appearance came in 2017. This is their first time hosting, and the win over Campbell was their first ever.
- UNCG has set a program record for wins this season. With a win over the Bisons, they would reach the 30-win plateau for the first time.
- This is the second NIT appearance in program history. The previous bid came in 2006 where Lipscomb fell at UTEP 85-66.
- Prior to the postseason, Lipscomb has played seven games against 2019 NCAA Tournament teams this season, 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 17.4 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 19.9 PPG. He was 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. Daum and Clemons were eliminated in the first round of the NIT, while Mathews scoring average dropped down 0.1 points.
- Mathews also moved into 3rdall-time in ASUN history in scoring during the first round of the conference tournament. He has 3,264 career points.
- Fellow senior Rob Marberry joined Mathews on the ASUN All-Conference First Team. He currently ranks 16th in Division I with a 62.0 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 83.6 points per game on the season, good enough for 9thin the nation.
- Junior Kenny Cooper ranks second in the conference for both assists (4.2 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 Saturday’s matchup will face the winner of No. 2 N.C. State and No. 6 Harvard.