Career-highs lead the Bisons past Kennesaw State in 73-85 win

Career-highs lead the Bisons past Kennesaw State in 73-85 win

The Lipscomb Bisons opened there 2020 home slate on Thursday night hosting ASUN opponent, Kennesaw State in their third conference game of the year. Despite a late comeback attempt by the Owls, the Bisons were able to pull away with a 73-85 victory behind senior guard Michael Buckland’s career-high 25 points and redshirt sophomore center Ahsan Asadullah’s career-high 28 points. “For about 34 minutes, I thought we played really, really well – some of our best play offensively. We went 13-26 from the 3-point line; the reason we did that is that we moved the ball,” said Lipscomb head coach Lennie Acuff. The two teams played competitively for much of the first half with both sides going on scoring runs, however, it was the Bisons who went into halftime with the lead 31-39, due to several key defensive stops. “I can come in as a senior and demand that defensive mentality from the younger guys. Because that’s where we are going to get conference wins,” Buckland said. “We are going to get scouted, offense is going to be stagnant at times, and so when it does get stagnant you have to be able to make stops on the defensive end.” Coming out of the half, Lipscomb got off to a hot start and began to take control of the game, leading by 20 points with 10 minutes remaining in the game. But, Kennesaw State refused to go home quietly.  “Our problem this year has been that we will have little lulls, and we have to learn to eliminate those lulls,” Buckland said. This lull cost the Bisons’ their large...
Garrison Mathews records career-high 28 points against Miami Heat

Garrison Mathews records career-high 28 points against Miami Heat

Down seven players, including leading scorer Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards pulled off an upset win Tuesday  night against the second-best team in the NBA, the Miami Heat. The Wizards’ success is due to their bench production, where they outscored Miami 80-27, including a career-high 28 points from former Lipscomb Bison Garrison Mathews.  Mathews, a two-way player with the Capital City Go-Gos, was recently recalled to join the injury-ridden Wizards. Entering the game in the first quarter, Mathews quickly scored on a jumper, but it was not until the second quarter when Mathews got into a scoring rhythm. In that second period, he scored 20 points, while the Heat was only able to score 24 points. It's quick! 👌#WizHeat | @gmathews_24 pic.twitter.com/oUMNsIuWZ5 — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 31, 2019 Joining Mathews with a career high was Ian Mahinmi, who contributed 25 points; Jordan McRae led the team with 29 points.  At the half, Wizards assistant coach David Adkins was asked about the strong performances from Mahinmi, McRae and Mathews; his response: “That’s 61 first-half points!” Speaking of Mathews, Adkins said, “Well, you know his nickname is ‘Wild Thing.’” And Mathews lived up to the name. While his offensive performance was not as strong in the second half, finishing with just 6 points after the break, he continued to draw attention, defenders and fouls, which opened up his teammates for shots. Mathews finished the night with 28 points, including four three-pointers and four assists. Mathews earned a standing ovation when he entered the game in the third quarter, accompanied by “M-V-P” chants, and the fan support continued when two questionable...
Lipscomb parking updates for spring 2020

Lipscomb parking updates for spring 2020

While students are on break, Lipscomb University officials are already preparing for the spring semester. One ever-present concern for staff as well as for students is parking. An ever-changing student population brings constant changes to the parking system at Lipscomb. Due to a lower than normal enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year as well as a fall graduation of nearly 500 students, who have finished their last semester at Lipscomb, Lipscomb will not be continuing the shuttle service from Woodmont Hills Church of Christ for the spring 2020 semester, as a result of the Parking Partners program, which rewarded shuttle riders with free meals from the Bison Cafe, will also be ending.  “We are grateful to our students, faculty and staff who have sometimes literally gone the extra mile to utilize our satellite parking locations and to park in designated locations around campus, which has had a tremendous positive impact on the overall parking experience for everyone,” said Kim Chaudoin, the assistant vice president for communications and public relations. While this reduction in parking may be a concern for some, Lipscomb has not shut the door to re-opening this program in later semesters. “We will re-evaluate the need for the program in the future over the summer as the new parking garage is scheduled to be ready for the start of the fall semester,” Chaudoin continued. The highly anticipated parking garage is currently under construction on the north end of campus behind the Fields Engineering Building.  Parking at stokes middle has also been partially blocked by the old soccer stands from the construction of the new grandstands. “The parking...
REVIEW: Little Women reminds us of the timelessness of Alcott’s novel

REVIEW: Little Women reminds us of the timelessness of Alcott’s novel

Based on the novel of the same name, Little Women explores the complexities of life through the four March sisters. Director Greta Gerwig artfully recreates Louisa May Alcott’s classic and weaves together a beautiful and visually powerful film. Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen headline as Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March alongside Timothee Chalamet as Laurie, Meryl Streep as Aunt March, and Laura Dern as Mother “Marmie” March. The chemistry between these actresses and their faithful representations of their characters endear viewers to this family with all of its triumphs and struggles. Jo, an aspiring writer, struggles with discovering her voice, debating between the popular sensationalized drama and the real stories that move and drive our lives. Through love, sadness, separation, disagreements, and the trials of growing up, she can find clarity and discover what she truly wants in life.  Alcott’s and Gerwig’s intrinsic understanding of human nature is evident in this story and provides the timeless appeal of this piece. The characters are not afraid to expose their weaknesses alongside their accomplishments, and the family dynamics of the March family take viewers back to their childhoods. The relationships forged among characters welcome viewers into the family, evoking laughter, tears, and sympathetic sighs. The powerful seamlessness of the movie is created through the frame in which the story is told. Each scene comes full circle as it is told alongside flashbacks, giving the full story of the Marches. The juxtaposition of these scenes years apart sheds clarity on the growth of the family, collectively and individually. In addition, the very real and very relatable challenges...
Lipscomb women’s basketball team falls to Eastern Illinois without Harrison and Shelton

Lipscomb women’s basketball team falls to Eastern Illinois without Harrison and Shelton

Coming off two straight losses during the ASUN-MAAC challenge last weekend, Lipscomb was looking to bounce back at home against the Eastern Illinois Panthers Sunday afternoon. Without starting sophomore center Dorie Harrison and starting junior guard Sydney Shelton, the Bisons had quite a challenge.giving their leading scorer, freshman guard Jalyn Holcomb, a supporting cast. Much of the first half was controlled by the Panthers’ disruptive offense in the paint, behind 6’1” sophomore center Abby Wahl’s 12 first-half points. For the Bisons, junior forward Taylor Clark and senior forward Emily Kmec both got into early foul trouble, which aided in EIU’s success down low. “We’ve faced adversity all season, so it’s nothing new,” Lipscomb head coach Lauren Sumski said. “But we need to be smarter. We need to execute better. We can’t turn the ball over 22 times.” The Bisons ended the first half and began the first half on a 24-13 run to cut the Panthers lead to 4, but fouls and turnovers ended the Bisons’ hopes of completing the comeback The Panthers capitalized by scoring 22 points on Lipscomb’s 22 turnovers. Combined the two teams finished with 49 fouls, including 30 in the second half. After her 17 second-half points, sophomore guard Jordyn Hughes finished the day as the leading scorer for Eastern Illinois, and for the Bisons, Holcomb scored 18 points.  “We left young ladies open in transition and they knocked down shots,” Sumski said. For this squad, their focus is on using these non-conference games to grow before conference play begins in January. “We just need to lock in and focus and getting better at finishing possessions,...