|December 03, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Lips||BEL|
|FG Percentage||.449 (31-69)||.509 (29-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (7-28)||.357 (10-28)|
|FT Percentage||.857 (6-7)||.750 (12-16)|
Wolfe - 3
Murphy - 2
Benkert - 1
Muszynski - 1
Adelsperger - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team is set for a “Battle of the Boulevard” rematch against Belmont as the Bisons make the short trek up Belmont Boulevard to take on the Bruins at the Curb Event Center Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
The Bisons (3-5) will look to finish off a four-game road trip and avenge their November 20th loss to the Bruins (5-3) in the 146th installment of the storied rivalry on ESPN+.
Lipscomb will be in search of its third win on the road swing after earning victories at Navy and Tennessee Tech.
- Lipscomb owns a 75-70 series lead against Belmont all-time.
- Belmont knocked off the Bisons 73-67 at Allen Arena in the first meeting of 2019.
- In last season’s meeting at the Curb, the Bruins hit a go-ahead shot with 4.9 seconds on the clock and the Bisons rimmed out a game-winning three to allow Belmont to escape with a 76-74 victory at the Curb.
- The Bisons are just 2-14 in the last 16 meetings with Belmont.
- The Lipscomb-Belmont rivalry is the closest basketball rivalry in NCAA Division I as the two schools are separated by just two miles. Cincinnati/Xavier and Rice/Houston each sit three miles apart.
- The ties between the two coaching staffs are deep with Belmont head coach Casey Alexander having led the Bisons for the past six seasons (2013-19) before returning home in April where he replaced the legendary Rick Byrd.
- Lipscomb assistant coach Roger Idstrom spent from 2000-11 on the Belmont bench as one of Byrd’s assistants. Belmont assistant coach Brian Ayers suited up for the Bisons from 1989-93 under legendary coach Don Meyer. Ayers coached with Alexander at Belmont from 1998-2011 and Idstrom from 2000-11.
- Belmont assistant Sean Rutigliano was a member of Alexander’s staff at Lipscomb for four seasons (2015-19). He also spent two seasons as an assistant for Lennie Acuff at Alabama-Huntsville.
- The Bruins enter Tuesday 5-3 on the year after dropping two of their last three contests. They fell 60-55 at Saint Louis before losing 87-82 at Eastern Washington.
- Belmont hosted Middle Tennessee on Saturday and came away with a 71-59 victory behind 20 points and 8 rebounds from Nick Muszynski.
- The Bruins rank among the nation’s leaders in multiple categories: assist per game (6th – 18.4), total assists (6th – 147), total 3-pointers made (9th – 84) and 3-pointers per game (10th – 10.5).
- Shooting at a 46.5 clip from the floor, they rank fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference.
- Two Bruins are scoring in double figures – Adam Kunkel (17.8 ppg) and Muszynski (16.4). The former is 17th in the nation with 27 total threes made and an average of 3.38 per game.
- Grayson Murphy ranks 15th nationally with a 3.21 assist-turnover ratio after recording 45 assists to 14 turnovers. He is the team’s leading rebounder at 9.1 per outing and the team’s third-leading scorer (9.9).
- Lipscomb is 2-3 on the road this season after leading the nation in that category last season with 14.
- Lipscomb leads the conference in forcing opponents into 15.6 turnovers per game, and ranks 12th in Division I after being whistled for just 13.6 fouls each time out.
- The Bisons ranks second in the ASUN Conference in field goal makes per game (26.3), field goal attempts per game (59.8), and field goal percentage (43.9). They are third in defensive rebounds (27.3).
- Ahsan Asadullah is one of just two ASUN players averaging a double-double this season; the sophomore is scoring at a 13.9 PPG clip and grabbing a league-leading 11.0 RPG. He is 12th in Division I in defensive rebounding (8.14) and 13th in total rebounding.
- KJ Johnson continues to impress in his freshman season as he has now scored at least 14 points in 6-of-8 games. He leads the team and ranks 4th in the ASUN in scoring at 15.4 ppg after producing back-to-back 20-point games at Tennessee Tech (23) and Xavier (25).
- He was named the ASUN Newcomer of the Week on Monday after averaging 24.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 5.0 apg while shooting 58.6 percent from the field this past week. He has either tied or set a new career high in scoring in four straight games.
- Andrew Fleming is the team’s third-leading scorer at 9.8 points per game after a 9-point outing at Xavier on Saturday. He is the team’s third leading rebounder at 4.9 rpg, and has hit 13 of 14 free throws for a 92.9% clip.
- Nine different Bisons are averaging double digits in minutes per game.