Men’s basketball stops conference skid versus Stetson

Men’s basketball stops conference skid versus Stetson

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team got back on track Saturday with a tense 85-82 home win over Stetson after three straight conference losses. The Hatters hung around all game, but only led for less than a minute in the second half. “We never played with any real confidence, and that’s my job to figure out how to push the right buttons to make that happen,” coach Casey Alexander said. “Good to get the win, way better than the alternative.” The Bisons were flustered by Florida Gulf Coast’s zone defense on Thursday, which helped spark the erasure of Lipscomb’s 18-point lead that night. Stetson came out in an aggressive zone. Alexander said he didn’t make drastic changes to his team’s zone offense strategy, because “it’s usually gonna come down to whether you make shots or not.” “If we did anything better tonight, we got the ball inside a lot more against them,” Alexander said. Game of runs Neither team led by more than five points in the first period. Hatters guard Divine Myles’s fast break layup at the halftime bell tied the game at 39. The teams traded runs throughout the second half. Eli Pepper dove for a loose ball early in the half and flipped it to Rob Marberry, who jammed it to cap the Bisons’ 11-2 run. Stetson made a run of its own to take a 55-54 lead just before the under-12 media timeout. Then Mathews found Rose for three to regain the lead. Myles’s three for the Hatters with 5:20 to go gave Stetson their next lead at 70-69 lead. Two possessions later, Myles rolled his...
BREAKING: Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning classes snowed out

BREAKING: Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning classes snowed out

Classes starting after 3:00 PM Tuesday and before 10:00 AM Wednesday are cancelled due to inclement weather, the University announced in chapel and via email Tuesday morning. “Food service, campus safety and other student services for students living on campus will be provided and available,” the official announcement read. University offices will be closed at those hours as well. Classes beginning after 10:00 AM Wednesday are subject to the Class Schedule Disruption Policy until further notice. The announcement said the University will make a decision on the rest of Wednesday’s classes by 8:00 AM tomorrow. Wednesday’s expected high temperature is 27 degrees. Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont, Fisk and other Nashville-area colleges cancelled classes for the full day Tuesday. Some public school districts have already made the decision to remain closed Wednesday. photo by Anna...
Moran not returning this season

Moran not returning this season

Bisons point guard Nathan Moran, who has not played in a game this year, plans to redshirt the season to focus on “trying to get my full speed and strength back,” he told Lumination Network in a text message. Coach Casey Alexander said Moran was healthy enough to return, but wouldn’t play “unless something changes” in his recovery or team circumstances. “It’s been slower than normal,” Alexander said. “It’s all health-related.” In college athletics, a player choosing to redshirt saves a year of eligibility, but forfeits the additional year of eligibility if they enter a game during the redshirt season. Moran started every game of the 2016-17 season,, averaged 11.1 points per game and was second in the A-SUN with 4.2 assists per game last year. The team’s leading shooter, he made 90 three-pointers at a 41.7% clip. He finished the year with a torn labrum in each hip and underwent surgeries in April and June. The senior said he made the decision to redshirt the season after Lipscomb swept crosstown rival Belmont in December. He returned to practice on Jan. 5. Feeling super thankful and lucky to be able to practice this week for the first time in over 9 months! GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!!! — Nathan Moran (@nate5_moran) January 10, 2018 The 11-5 Bisons play their second conference game on the road at North Florida (6-12) tonight at 6:00 PM. Lipscomb is 5-5 on the road and opened the A-SUN slate with a win at Kennesaw State Saturday. The Ospreys, led by sophomore guard Ivan Gandia-Rosa, are 5-1 at home. The last time Lipscomb played North Florida, junior guard...
President Lowry issues apology for ‘offensive’ decorations at dinner for African-American students

President Lowry issues apology for ‘offensive’ decorations at dinner for African-American students

President Randy Lowry issued a campus-wide apology for featuring cotton stalk centerpieces at a dinner for African-American students. The dinner was hosted at his home on Thursday evening. One student attendee posted an Instagram photo of the centerpieces and a video of another student asking the university president why the tables were decorated with cotton. “I have no idea,” Lowry said offscreen. The dinner was intended to give African-American students at the university an opportunity to discuss their unique experiences on campus. Lipscomb’s campus is 77% white, according to the Office of Intercultural Development. Assistant Dean and Director of Intercultural Development Lisa Steele said that the dinner was Lowry’s idea and that it has been in the works since Quest Week. Steele was not immediately available for further comment. Some students took issue with the menu, saying the buffet of barbecued chicken, collard greens and cornbread further played into African-American stereotypes. Hispanic students were served fajitas at a similar event on Wednesday evening. “They were trying to make us comfortable, but it blew up in their face,” said LeBron Hill, a Lumination News reporter who attended the dinner. Hill said he didn’t believe Lowry was racist, but that the situation was “insensitive.” “I thought it was ignorant,” Hill said. The university does not currently have a Coordinator of African-American Student Services. In his apology, emailed Friday, Lowry acknowledged that the centerpieces were “offensive” and that he “could have handled the situation with more sensitivity.” “I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness,” Lowry said. “I welcome the opportunity to continue this conversation,” the...
$15 million donation to Lipscomb from former NBA owner announced at ‘Imagine’ event

$15 million donation to Lipscomb from former NBA owner announced at ‘Imagine’ event

Former owner of the New Orleans Hornets George Shinn donated $15 million to Lipscomb, university president Randy Lowry announced at the  2017 Imagine event Monday night. The donation is the largest gift in school history and is earmarked as an investment in the College of Entertainment and the Arts, a new events center and other projects. In a prepared statement, Lowry said the gift marked a significant moment in Lipscomb University history. “We are grateful to George Shinn and his commitment to this institution,” Lowry said. The college will be renamed the Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts in appreciation for Shinn’s gift. Lipscomb has previously hosted the George Shinn Foundation “Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig,” a holiday musical program for Middle Tennessee seniors. Shinn thanked donors for their support of Lipscomb and asked them to continue to give to the university. “When I talk to young people, I like to encourage them that they can do anything with their lives that they want to, just like I’ve been blessed to do with my life,” Shinn said. “If you apply those same principles in reaching out to these young people, in all the things we can do through song and music right here in Music City, then these people can sing out stories of faith — changing people’s lives — and can do that right here from this wonderful university.” A native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, Shinn made his fortune from for-profit trade schools, owning and managing 35 schools after once working as a janitor at Evans Business College. Shinn owned the Hornets NBA team from its creation in...