|April 04, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UT|
|FG Percentage||.393 (22-56)||.444 (28-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.351 (13-37)|
|FT Percentage||.850 (17-20)||.923 (12-13)|
- 17||Dylan Ostekowski
BUCKLAND - 8
- 5||Kerwin Roach II
ASADULLAH - 1
MARBERRY - 1
|Matt Coleman III
MATHEWS - 1
MARBERRY - 1
Courtney Ramey - 1
Kerwin Roach II - 1
Royce Hamm Jr. - 1
NEW YORK CITY - After an enthralling run through the NIT tournament and to Madison Square Garden in New York City, it all comes down to one final game for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team. The No. 5 seed Bisons will be taking on No. 2 seed Texas in the NIT championship game at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday.
Here’s everything you need to know for the game, plus some tidbits, facts, and items of interest from the week:
Watch: The game will be shown on ESPN at 6 p.m. with Fran Fraschilla, Bob Wischusen, and Brooke Weisbrod handling the broadcast.
Listen: The game will also air on Westwood One Radio where Lance Medow, Jon Crispin, and Brad Heller will have the call.
Texas: The Longhorns enter the final with a 20-16 overall record after going 8-10 in Big 12 play. In the NIT they have defeated South Dakota State 79-73 in the first round, Xavier 78-76 in the second round, Colorado 68-55 it the quarterfinals, and TCU 58-44 in the semifinals. Their first three NIT games all came at home. Texas is coached by former VCU head man Shaka Smart. Three Longhorns average double-figures in scoring: Kerwin Roach II (15.0), Dylan Osetkowski (10.9), and Jaxson Hayes (10.0).
Series History: The Longhorns and Bisons have met twice previously, both Texas wins: 80-57 last season and 106-61 in 2014. Both games were in Austin.
Semifinals: The Bisons defeated No. 6 Wichita State 71-64 on Tuesday night to advance to the title game. Lipscomb closed out the game on a 14-0 (and 21-3) run to defeat the Shockers.
#GaryInTheGarden: Senior guard Garrison Mathews’ legend grew on Tuesday night as he led the way for the Bisons with 34 points. He became the first player with two 30 point outings in the NIT since 2011. He also passed North Florida’s Dallas Moore for second place on the ASUN’s all-time scoring list.
AP All-American: Mathews was also named a honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday, just the second instance in Lipscomb history after Adnan Hodzic in 2010.
Peppering the Boards: Senior big man Eli Pepper hauled in 15 rebounds in the win over the Shockers, joining the 1,000 rebound club and moving into a tie for third in ASUN history in the process.
Going for 30: With a win on Thursday night, Lipscomb would notch 30 wins for the first time in the Division I era. They would be joining an elite group of 30-win teams for the 2018-19 season: Virginia, Duke, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Gonzaga, Houston, Buffalo, Wofford, New Mexico State, and UC Irvine.
Busy Morning for Alexander: Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander hit the media rounds on Wednesday morning after the big win appearing on a slew of shows: 8 a.m. ET - Fox Sports Fort Myers, 8:20 - the Wake Up Zone, 11 - Westwood One, 11:15 - a one-on-one sit-down with Lipscomb University’s media team, 11:30 - The Midday 180, 11:45 - The Poguester and Big Joe on the Go Show, 12 p.m. - 102.5 The Game. After practice at 2, he jumped on 3HL at 5:45.
High Praise: Wichita State’s head coach Gregg Marshall complimented the Bisons experience and play-making during the postgame press conference: “You've got to give Lipscomb credit. I tell you what, that's a gritty club. Five seniors in their top nine, two juniors, and they made the play that is they needed to make. They got the ball in the post and kicked it out for threes. They didn't have the same issue that we had.”
Strong Wins: With the four-game run to the NIT final, Lipscomb has added four top-100 NET wins to its resume. The Bisons are now 8-6 against teams in the top 100 of the NET rankings, which were halted at the end of conference championship week. They have beaten TCU, NC State, Liberty, UNC G, Davidson, SMU, Vermont, and Wichita State, with losses to Louisville, Clemson, Belmont twice, and Liberty twice.
Social Media Shoutouts: Among the many shoutouts Lipscomb received on Twitter included the Nashville Predators, Madison Square Garden, Gov. Bill Lee, Mayor David Briley, Sen. Lamar Alexander, and FGCU atheltic director Ken Kavanagh.