NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team held its first official practice of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday inside Allen Arena.
The Bisons are led by first-year head coach Lennie Acuff, who takes over a program that finished 29-8 last season as runner-up in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The 29 victories were the most in Lipscomb’s NCAA era, besting the previous mark of 23 set the year prior.
Lipscomb returns just 26 percent of its offensive production from a year ago after having over 7,700 career points and 3,000 career rebounds walk out the door.
“We are excited to have the whole team out here and to know we can come back tomorrow and not have to wait three days,” Acuff said. “The guys have been great. They are all excited knowing today is the first day of many.
“They are really good kids and they’ve really bought in to what we are doing here. Our thing is to get a little bit better every day. We don’t need to get ahead of ourselves, we just need to keep getting better.”
Sophomore Ahsan Asadullah is the leading returning scorer after the big man turned in an ASUN All-Freshman campaign behind 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He shot 57 percent from the floor and 68 percent from the free throw line.
Senior Michael Buckland is the most experienced Bison returning in 2019-20 as he has played in 99 career games in the purple and gold, starting 61. The High Point, North Carolina native averaged 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per outing last season while shooting 44 percent from the floor.
Other key players who return are Andrew Fleming (Sr.), Jake Wolfe (So.), Greg Jones (Jr.) and Alex Jones (So.)
A talented group of freshmen looking to make their debuts in the purple and gold include Kaleb Coleman, Jacob Hobbs, Carson Cary, Tanner Shulman, Luke Howard and two-time Mr. Tennessee Basketball winner KJ Johnson. Also joining the Lipscomb family are transfers Parker Hazen and Miles Miller.
The Bisons will open their season in 40 days with a Nov. 5 tilt at home against Rhodes. Tip for the season opener is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Lipscomb Ticket Office is selling season tickets for as low as $175. Fans can purchase tickets online HERE or via phone at (615) 966-4373.