Welcome to Lipscomb University, where there is no parking

Welcome to Lipscomb University, where there is no parking

DISCLAIMER: This article is the opinion of the author and is not intended to reflect the opinions of Lumination Network. As classes begin ramping up once again, now is a great time to continue the conversation about how ludicrous the parking situation at Lipscomb University is. It really baffles me that Lipscomb, a flourishing school in the Southeast, cannot seem to accommodate its growing student body with an equal number of parking spaces. Instead, it seems like more spots continue to be taken away. I have a couple of examples. Right before the 2017 fall semester began, Patrick Cameron’s parking email at the time stated that the parking garage with the tennis court on top would “now be for Faculty, Staff and Guest use only.” To this day, that has not changed. Okay, so if you get paid to go to Lipscomb, you can park in the garage. That’s great. I’m not sure if they had previously closed off the garage in that manner before, but the point is that I wasn’t going to be able to park there. And then, towards the end of the 2018 spring semester, the Ezell parking lot next to the garage got the axe in favor of the upcoming George Shinn Event Center. If you’re a freshman or a transfer this year, yes, that building they’re working on used to be a parking lot. Again, all this blows my mind. You do have Stokes, which is honestly not that bad. It’s right next to the campus and is a short walk, especially if your first class is in McFarland or Hughes or one...
Bisons roll over D-III Covenant in 71-point home victory

Bisons roll over D-III Covenant in 71-point home victory

The bench showed up, and the sophomore walk-ons produced 30 points as Lipscomb’s men’s basketball team blew out the Division III Covenant Scots (5-3) on Monday night. The Bisons (8-3) stormed the court with a 119-48 win at Allen Arena in front of a sparse, 1000-member Christmas-break audience. While Lipscomb improves its record, Covenant’s schedule had Lipscomb as an exhibition opponent. “[A] lot of guys got to play, and guys were ready to play when their number was called,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “That’s all that you can ask for as a coach.” Although senior guard Garrison Mathews tallied a team-leading 22 points, it was sophomore guard John Matt Merritt who stole the stage. The former walk-on posted 21 points off the bench, all of which came in the second half. From the three-point range, Merritt went 3-of-4. Coming into the game, Merritt had managed just five points all year. “I would not hesitate to put him in any game, any time, because I trust him, and he’s worked really hard,” Alexander said. “And…he deserves it. He’s just had other people in front of him.” Lipscomb’s bench ended up with 69 points total. Zach Flener, another walk-on sophomore guard, put up nine points as well after having two all year. Freshman guards Alex Jones and Jake Wolfe scored ten points apiece. “[I’ve] got really good teammates, they’re very unselfish,” Merritt said. “They put the ball in the right place.” It was a great showing from a unit that will have to step up in place of five current solid seniors when the season ends. Meanwhile for the Scots,...
COLUMN: Tough Louisville loss is another reason for Lipscomb fans to be optimistic

COLUMN: Tough Louisville loss is another reason for Lipscomb fans to be optimistic

Let’s all take a moment and acknowledge how much this one hurt to watch. Lipscomb’s men’s basketball team (7-3) took an exciting road trip to face a tough ACC squad in Louisville (7-3) and lost an excruciating nail-biter, 72-68, on Wednesday night. The Bisons proved that they have the talent to compete with the majority of schools in college basketball. They were just too sloppy to get it done. “[Louisville’s] one of the nation’s best,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said following the loss. “[Louisville coach] Chris [Mack] has done an amazing job with them up to this point. I’m glad we came in here and fought.” And it might have played out differently had Bisons junior guard Kenny Cooper collected an open defensive rebound and then avoided a turnover — all within the last 66 seconds. But let’s get justifiably optimistic here. The fact that the Bisons stayed as competitive as they did against an ACC powerhouse just might be the final straw in proving that this year’s team is the most legitimate Lipscomb men’s basketball program since the NAIA days. “We beat a really, really, really good team tonight,” Mack said. “And our team knew that coming in. All you have to do is look at last year with them being in the tournament, playing Carolina tooth-and-nail, bringing back virtually their entire team.” But it was a sloppy, sloppy game for the Bisons. They had so many opportunities to score in the paint, but they couldn’t handle the ball well. The Bisons were also out-rebounded, and they watched some of their tallest players get in foul trouble (senior...
Last-second shot falls short for Lipscomb in heartbreaking Battle of the Boulevard loss

Last-second shot falls short for Lipscomb in heartbreaking Battle of the Boulevard loss

Two installments of the Battle of the Boulevard brought two heartbreaking finishes for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team. That’s the story after the Belmont Bruins (7-1) bested the Lipscomb Bisons (6-2) by a score of 76-74 in a crowded Curb Event Center Tuesday night. Down by two, Lipscomb had 0.8 seconds to score a game-tying or a game-winning shot off a throw-in from the goal side, but redshirt senior guard Nate Moran missed a three-point attempt that bounced around the rim and fell to the floor with no time left. “It was a good shot by a good shooter, and it didn’t go in,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “And so we lost.” Lipscomb’s starting five brought a mixed bag to the court. Senior forward Rob Marberry was the only player who scored more than 10 points for the Bisons, bringing in 26 points and four assists. He also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. On the flip side, senior guard Garrison Mathews scored just five points, and senior forward Eli Pepper committed five fouls and exited the contest with 9:57 remaining. “I’ll give Belmont a lot of credit for doing a great job guarding [Mathews],” Alexander said. “And [I’ll] give Garrison a lot of credit for just staying within the game and taking what came to him instead of trying to do too much.” Alexander also said that Pepper “gives us so much versatility defensively, that we were scrambling a little bit.” Meanwhile, Belmont freshman center Nick Muszynski dropped a team-leading 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The first half was incredibly competitive. With 9:43...
Belmont women roll over Lipscomb in Battle of the Boulevard

Belmont women roll over Lipscomb in Battle of the Boulevard

Lack of shot accuracy and a stout Belmont defense haunted the Lipscomb women’s basketball team on Tuesday night, as they lost 83-43 to Belmont at the Curb Event Center in the annual Battle of the Boulevard. Belmont spread the ball well, as junior forward Ellie Harmeyer and freshman forward Conley Chinn each scored 15 points. “Well, they’re just solid,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “Their positioning, I mean, is exactly what we thought it would be. They did a great job taking the paint away and making [us] shoot over-the-top.” The Bruins (5-3) out-rebounded the Lady Bisons, 49-27. Brown attributed that statistic to his team’s “lack of pursuit.” “You gotta get to the weak-side boards, and when you get there, you have to pursue [the ball]” Brown said. Freshman guard Jane Deason put up a team-high 11 points on 3-of-10 field goal shooting for the Lady Bisons. Junior guard Lauren Rau led the Lady Bisons with 4 assists and tied for a second-best nine points. “I thought Jane and Lauren Rau played hard,” Brown said. “I thought they did — tried to do some things well. We still just played too fast at times and [held] the ball too much.” The Lady Bisons also suffered from a 23.6 shooting percentage (13-of-55 on field goals). They were also missing height on the court. Redshirt sophomore forward Emily Kmec and freshman forward Kailey Rosenbaum both did not play.  Things were competitive in the early-going. The Lady Bisons were only down 9-8 after a Carleigh Short three-pointer at the 6:37 mark. But then the Bruins went on a 21-0 scoring run...