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Staff

Erin Franklin

Erin Franklin

Editor-in-Chief

Email

Russell Vannozzi

Russell Vannozzi

Managing Editor

Spencer Boehme

Spencer Boehme

Managing Editor

Lebron Hill

Lebron Hill

Arts and Entertainment Coordinator

Kathryn Farris

Kathryn Farris

News Coordinator

Mckenzi Harris

Mckenzi Harris

Social Media Director/Photographer

Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Chief Photographer

Adrienne Luu

Adrienne Luu

Sports reporter

Charissa Ricker

Charissa Ricker

Staff Writer

Tyler Harvey

Tyler Harvey

Staff writer

Quinn Gorte

Quinn Gorte

Staff writer

Martin Baker

Martin Baker

Staff Writer

Ashley Bingham

Ashley Bingham

Staff writer

Carly Reams

Carly Reams

Staff Writer

Maria Morales

Maria Morales

Staff writer

Abigail Davis

Abigail Davis

Staff Writer

Cavin Jacobson

Radio Director/reporter

Rachel Pavelich

Fashion Columnist

Jimmy McCollum

Jimmy McCollum

Faculty Advisor

Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni

Faculty Adviser

Recent News

Lipscomb-UNCG NIT showdown to be played Saturday on ESPN

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team will appear on national television again this weekend. The Bisons are set to take on UNC Greensboro Saturday at 1 p.m. CT in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The second round NIT game will air on ESPN. Lipscomb defeated Davidson 89-81 Tuesday evening at John M. Belk Arena to advance to the Round of 16. It was the school’s first-ever postseason win in its NCAA Division I era. Junior Michael Buckland led the Bisons with 19 points. The team traveled back to Nashville on a charter flight Wednesday morning. The Bisons are expected to return to North Carolina on Friday. UNCG was the first team left out of the NCAA tournament. The Spartans dispatched Campbell 84-69 in their first round NIT game Tuesday. Senior guard Francis Alonso hit six three-pointers and scored 22 points. Saturday’s game will be the second time Lipscomb has played in front of a national audience this season. The ASUN championship game aired on ESPN March 10. Tickets for Saturday’s game will go on sale Thursday at 11 a.m. CT. All tickets are general admission and cost $12, although children under two will be admitted for...

Lipscomb advances in NIT with comeback victory over Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Any thought that the Lipscomb men’s basketball team wouldn’t be interested in the NIT was dispelled Tuesday night at John M. Belk Arena. Despite trailing for 27 of the 40 minutes, Lipscomb pulled off a late comeback for an 89-81 victory over Davidson in the first round of the NIT. The Bisons will travel to UNCG for the second round at a to-be-determined date and time. “We have a lot of old, experienced guys, and it hasn’t shown necessarily in the previous games,” Lipscomb junior guard Michael Buckland said. “You could tell that a lot of us didn’t want that game to not finish in our favor. So yeah, just a lot of resolve from our guys – a lot of experience showed tonight.” Senior forward Eli Pepper hit a dagger three in the corner with 34 seconds left, but it was Buckland who stole the show in the final minutes. Buckland, a native of nearby High Point, North Carolina, swished a three with 5:12 remaining to give Lipscomb a 74-71 lead, which the Bisons never relinquished. He followed that with eight more points down the stretch to finish with a team-high 19 points, including four makes from long range. “[Buckland] shot it great and made timely baskets,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “He doesn’t get any notoriety for what he does defensively. But [Davidson’s] two guards are as good as any we’ve played all season long. And he guarded those guys all night.” Davidson recruited Buckland during his time at Wesleyan Christian Academy, but the Wildcats never extended an offer. In front of plenty of family...

Bisons move past NCAA snub, prepare for NIT run

It didn’t take long for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team to get over the disappointment of being snubbed from the NCAA tournament. Following the NCAA and NIT selection shows, the Bisons held practice late Sunday night to prepare for their Tuesday-evening battle at Davidson. The first round NIT game is set for 6 p.m. CT and will be carried on ESPN3. “We knew no matter where we were playing that there was a 50 percent chance that we’d have a Tuesday game,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “There’s enough software out there now that you can get yourself ready [quickly].” The Bisons (25-7) were in consideration for an at-large bid to the Big Dance, but multiple losses to Belmont and Liberty and an upset defeat at Florida Gulf Coast were too much to overcome. Liberty took the ASUN’s automatic bid after topping the Bisons by a score of 74-68 in the conference championship game on March 10. “We were disappointed after the Liberty loss,” senior forward Rob Marberry said. “We kind of kicked ourselves for maybe a day or two, and then afterward we had to get back to work because we still have games to play.” Lipscomb is doing its best to take the NCAA snub in stride and focus on the NIT, which ends with the Final Four on April 2 and 4 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. “We’re obviously disappointed we’re not in March Madness, but it’s still great for the program to be playing [in the NIT],” Marberry said. “We’re trying to increase the size of the [Lipscomb] name. Any time a team is...

Recent Galleries

ASUN Championship gallery

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team had a chance to earn a return trip to the NCAA tournament if it could win Sunday’s ASUN championship game. But Liberty (28-6) stood in the way, and most of the record crowd of 5,607 in Allen Arena went home in disappointment. The Flames used a 45-point outburst in the second half to squeeze past the No. 1 Bisons, 74-68. That gave the No. 2 Flames the ASUN championship and an automatic berth to the Big Dance. “It certainly stings,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “It’s a real privilege to be part of a game like that. I loved the Lipscomb people that showed up and made it a great day for us.” Full recap by Russell Vannozzi here. « ‹ 1 of 4 ›...

Lipscomb versus NJIT ASUN Semifinals gallery

One year after winning its first ASUN title, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team has earned a chance to defend its crown. The Bisons (25-6) dominated NJIT in a 78-55 ASUN semifinal victory on Thursday in Allen Arena. That sets up a rubber match with Liberty (27-6) on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT for the ASUN tournament title and a spot in the Big Dance. The game will be televised by ESPN – Lipscomb’s first-ever national television appearance at home. The Bisons topped Florida Gulf Coast 108-96 on the road in last year’s championship, but this time, the big stage will come to Green Hills. Read Russell Vannozzi’s recap here.   « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...

Lipscomb vs. KSU quarterfinals gallery

The odds were in favor of the Lipscomb men’s basketball team during Monday night’s ASUN quarterfinal matchup against Kennesaw State. Not only were the Owls without head coach Al Skinner, who recently resigned, but leading scorer Tyler Hooker (19 points per game) also missed the contest after taking an elbow to the face last week. Despite 25 points from Danny Lewis and 18 more from Bobby Parker, the Bisons were able to fend off the pesky No. 8 Owls in an 86-71 victory at Allen Arena. The win propelled Lipscomb (24-6) to the ASUN semifinals, where it will host No. 5 NJIT on Thursday at 7 p.m. Lipscomb guard Kenny Cooper registered a rare triple-double by scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. It was just the second triple-double in the program’s NCAA Division I era — the first came when Josh Slater had 10 points, 12 assists and 10 steals on Feb. 17, 2011 against USC Upstate. Read full story by Russell Vannozzi here. « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...