Lipscomb squeaks by TSU for Homecoming win

Lipscomb squeaks by TSU for Homecoming win

Lipscomb didn’t play its smoothest basketball on Saturday, but the result still turned out just fine. The Bisons topped Tennessee State by a score of 86-79 at Allen Arena as Lipscomb alumni and fans descended on campus for Homecoming Weekend. “[TSU] really played with more passion and energy than we did for a lot of the night,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “But I give our guys great credit for just staying with it in a tough game where it wasn’t smooth and [still] finding a way to win.” Lipscomb (2-0) led just 41-40 at halftime, and the contest remained tight throughout. But Lipscomb big man Eli Pepper came through with a reverse layup with 7:40 remaining, and the Bisons never trailed after that point. Garrison Mathews delivered the dagger when he swished a three-pointer with 26 seconds left. He finished with 23 points, while junior Kenny Cooper led the team with a career-high 24 points. “It’s been a long time coming, but I feel like I can let loose and play my game,” Cooper said. “I’m a third-year guy now, so [the coaches] expect [a lot] of me. I take that to heart, and I know what I can do.” Pepper delivered perhaps the most complete performance of his college career, posting 19 points and 17 rebounds in 33 minutes played. “[He] gave us a huge lift,” Alexander said. “That’s a guy that’s really stepping up and doing what he can to help the team.” Newly-hired TSU head coach Brian “Penny” Collins played for Belmont from 2002-06 while Alexander was on the team’s staff, making for a friendly...
WATCH: Bailey’s no-look header gives Lipscomb massive tourney upset

WATCH: Bailey’s no-look header gives Lipscomb massive tourney upset

The Lipscomb and Mississippi State women’s soccer teams entered uncharted territory in Starkville Friday evening. The two programs were both making their first-ever NCAA tournament appearances, but it was the Lady Bisons that pulled out a stunning, 1-0 victory in Golden Goal to advance to the second round. Neither team scored in regulation or overtime, forcing the match to go into sudden-death overtime. Lipscomb junior defender Dominique Diller launched a free kick from midfield, and the ball found its way through several players and into the box. The pass then bounced off the head of senior Justis Bailey and into the net. GOLDEN. GOAL.#NCAASoccer pic.twitter.com/HjeeSvSiWm — NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 10, 2018 Bailey had her back turned to the kick and was simply in the right place at the right time. The goal set off a wild celebration as the Lady Bisons became Lipscomb’s first team to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in any sport. Senior goalkeeper Kate Mason made seven saves for her ninth clean sheet of the season. The ASUN Goalie of the Year also made a highlight-reel save to keep the game scoreless with 22 minutes remaining. .What.A.Play… this merits a replay & @SportsCenter #Top10 play consideration! 😱 #SCtop10 #Saveoftheweek 👐 by @kateemasonn #FullStretch #Ncaasoccer #CollegeCup @espnW @nwslville @NWSL @NCAASoccer @LipscombWSOC @LipscombBisons #SecondRound here we come! pic.twitter.com/S5xhJHCeio — Shannon O'Brien (@ObShannon) November 10, 2018 Lipscomb will take on Duke in the second round of the tournament. The game is set for Friday, Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C. Start time and television information have yet to be...
COLUMN: Asadullah makes his mark in Lipscomb rout

COLUMN: Asadullah makes his mark in Lipscomb rout

The last time the Lipscomb men’s basketball team took the court, it was for the school’s NCAA tournament debut against powerhouse North Carolina. Center Ahsan Asadullah was forced to watch that game on the bench while rehabbing an ACL injury. But on Tuesday night, the 6-foot-9 big man made his presence felt by leading the Bisons with 26 points in a 97-53 drubbing of Division-III Sewanee at Allen Arena. The Tigers more closely resembled a strong high school squad than a college team and were simply outmatched from the beginning, despite Lipscomb not being at its best. “It definitely helped,” Asadullah said of playing a weaker opponent. “We got to run some of our sets and stuff instead of [just] practicing against each other. [But we] knew it wasn’t going to be easy even though [they] were a D-III school.” Asadullah admirably filled in for Rob Marberry, who missed the game due to a hand injury. It’s unclear when the senior forward will be back in action, which could pose a problem in next Thursday’s Battle of the Boulevard against rival Belmont. “He’ll probably be back soon – he’s been practicing,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said of Marberry. “We know we need him for us to be as good as we can be.” Asadullah missed the entirety of the 2017-18 season after tearing his ACL last fall, and he said he felt some nerves during warmups. But you wouldn’t have known that by watching his nearly-flawless performance. “A couple of us were a little nervous,” Asadullah said. “I know I was a little nervous. My first shot got blocked,...
SEASON PREVIEW: Expectations high as Lipscomb men’s basketball enters 2018-19 season

SEASON PREVIEW: Expectations high as Lipscomb men’s basketball enters 2018-19 season

The wait is finally over for college basketball fans. The Lipscomb men’s basketball team begins its quest for a second consecutive ASUN championship on Tuesday when Sewanee pays a visit to Nashville. Lipscomb is loaded with experience, but that means expectations are high. The ASUN tabbed the Bisons as the preseason favorite to win the league, and numerous media outlets also have projected Lipscomb to return to the NCAA tournament. “Regardless of how last season went, which everyone still wants to talk about, we’d still be ready to play and excited about what’s ahead,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “It’s a fun group and a group that has a lot of potential.” Here are five storylines to watch as Lipscomb begins its season: Can the Bisons recreate last season’s magic? Championship seasons usually require the stars to align, and that’s exactly what happened for Lipscomb last year. The Bisons swept Belmont for the first time since the 2009-10 season, finished atop the ASUN with a 10-4 conference record and knocked off Florida Gulf Coast on the road to take the league title in front of a national TV audience. With each of its top six scorers returning, it’s reasonable to assume that Lipscomb’s offense could be improved in 2018-19. Couple that with the attrition that other ASUN teams have experienced during the offseason and it’s easy to see why the Bisons have been tabbed as the favorite. “We’ve got a new team with a new schedule and a new season,” Alexander said. “Our only goal is for this year’s team to be as good as this year’s team can...
Lipscomb women’s soccer to face familiar foe in NCAA tourney

Lipscomb women’s soccer to face familiar foe in NCAA tourney

The Lipscomb women’s soccer team patiently waited to learn its fate for the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance Monday afternoon at a watch party in the Allen Arena Hall of Fame room. As luck would have it, the Lady Bisons (14-4-2) were paired with another NCAA first-timer in Mississippi State (9-6-2). The first-round match is set for Friday at 4 p.m. in Starkville. “It’s going to be a difficult game, but I’m excited about the opportunity to travel,” Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We thought we might get Vanderbilt and that would’ve been a great game, but I know the girls really were excited about being able to get on the road and get the [full] NCAA postseason tournament experience.” The two teams have a history – Lipscomb went to Starkville and emerged with a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs on August 26, 2016. Ellen Lundy scored the lone tally in the 16th minute and goalie Anna Buhigas made nine saves to preserve the win. “We know Mississippi State and played them a couple years ago,” O’Brien said. “I’m actually friends with their coaching staff a little bit. They’re going to be motivated.” Lipscomb junior forward and 2018 ASUN Player of the Year Olivia Doak is one of seven current Lady Bisons that played in the 2016 match at Mississippi State. The nine-goal scorer said that experience should be a confidence booster for Lipscomb. “I remember their environment being really crazy,” Doak said. “Knowing that we won on [their] field before is good to have in the back of our minds.” Lipscomb clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA...