Lipscomb swept by No. 19 Michigan

Lipscomb swept by No. 19 Michigan

The Lipscomb Bisons were swept by No. 19 Michigan after losing 5-0 Sunday afternoon. After blowing a ninth nning lead on Friday night, Lipscomb was hoping they could bounce back Sunday, but they weren’t able to pull out a win against No. 19 Michigan. “They are just a solid team all around,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “There’s a reason why they are the 19th ranked team in the nation, and I think we learned a lot from this.” Michigan had a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning thanks to a ground ball that drove in a run and a solo homerun from Harrison Wenson. The Bisons were never able to get on the scoreboard as they struggled from the plate the entire game. They were able to manage just two hits and struck out nine times. “I give a lot of credit to Michigan’s pitching,” coach Forehand said. “From starters to relievers, all their guys pitched really well. We got beat by a better team today.” Lipscomb’s bats struggled for the entire series against Michigan as the team hit just .177 (17-for-96) over the three-game series. Lipscomb’s best chance to score came in the bottom of the fourth when the team trailed 3-0. The Bisons had runners on first and second with no outs, but after a strikeout by sophomore outfielder Tevin Symonette, a fly out by senior infielder Hunter Hanks and then a ground out by sophomore outfielder Von Watson, Lipscomb would never threaten Michigan again. The Bisons next game is Tuesday against Belmont at Rosa Park’s...
Bisons lose both games of double-header

Bisons lose both games of double-header

Less than 24 hours before the first pitch was scheduled to be thrown, Lipscomb and No. 19 Michigan decided to change things up. Due to the winter storm scheduled to come into town Saturday, both coaches agreed it would be better to play a double-header Friday than worry about the weather on Saturday. The first game was all Michigan as it went on to earn an 8-2 victory over the Bisons. It was a pitcher’s duel between Lipscomb’s star junior Brady Puckett, and Michigan’s hard-throwing lefty, Oliver Jaskie. The two starters combined for 18 strikeouts. With Michigan hitting a 2-run home run in the 7th and a 3-run home run in the 9th, it was just to much for Lipscomb to keep up with. The second game was a much tighter battle between the two teams. With Michigan loading the bases with no one out in the top of the first inning, it looked like Michigan was picking up right where it left off. Junior pitcher Jeffery Passantino was going to make sure he gave his team a chance. With the bases loaded he struck out the next batter, and then caused the next hitter to ground into a double play keeping the game scoreless. “Both Puckett and Passantino are fighters,” Head Coach Jeff Forehand said. “They are going to put us in a position to win every game that they pitch in. We’ve just got swing the bat a little better, so we can help them out a little bit more.” The Bisons were in a good position to win the second game as they led the Wolverines...
Bisons secure a top-two seed with win over Jacksonville

Bisons secure a top-two seed with win over Jacksonville

Lipscomb defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 81-69 Saturday night in Allen Arena to secure a top-two seed in the A-Sun Tournament on Senior Night. The Bisons were coming off a poor shooting performance against North Florida where the team shot 24% from behind the arc, but they weren’t going to let that carry over into the game against the Dolphins. Lipscomb shot 44% from behind the 3-point line going 14-34 led by junior forward, Garrison Matthews. Matthews led both teams in points (28) and rebounds (8), while knocking down seven three-pointers, and dishing out six assists. “My teammates got me a lot of wide open threes by driving in and kicking it out to me,” Matthews said. Junior guard Nathan Moran also had a big impact for the Bisons, as he had 21 points while hitting five three-pointers, and picking up eight assists. The Bisons had the opportunity to honor the three seniors on the team this year; Brett Wishon, Cam Miller, and Josh Williams. “All three of these guys have pretty unique stories,” Head Coach Casey Alexander says. “All of these guys have battled every single day that they have been here, and they continue to find ways to contribute.” With just one game remaining in the regular season, the Bisons have an opportunity to earn the number-one seed in the tournament, but they are going to need some help. In order for the Bison’s to secure the seed they need three things to happen: 1)   The Bisons have to beat Kennesaw State 2)   Florida Gulf Coast has to lose their game to Stetson 3)   USC Upstate has to beat NJIT The Bisons’ next game is...
Lipscomb overcomes 21-point deficit to beat USC Upstate

Lipscomb overcomes 21-point deficit to beat USC Upstate

Lipscomb erased a 21-point deficit Wednesday night, coming back to beat USC Upstate 84-77 in Allen Arena. Sophomore guard Garrison Mathews led the way for the Bisons as he finished with 22 points, but both he and his team struggled early, trailing 49-34 at halftime. “Coach Alexander didn’t have very many nice words for us at halftime,” Mathews said. “He just told us we better quit getting our butt kicked and get out there and play.” The Bisons were being out-rebounded 25 to 6, and it led to 12 second-chance points for the Spartans. The Bisons did a good job of attacking Upstate’s big men, causing the Spartans’ three leading scorers to all foul out of the game. “It was awesome to get their big guys into foul trouble,” Mathews said. “It really helped a lot in the second half. They weren’t able to crash the boards like they usually do.” Lipscomb’s defense stepped up in the second half as the team was able to force 19 turnovers and score 24 points off those turnovers. The Bisons were also able to avoid turning the ball over, finishing with just five turnovers and allowed Upstate to score just three points off those turnovers. “Turnovers were huge tonight,” head coach Casey Alexander said. “They have been a big problem for us all season, but tonight we had an extra 14 possessions because of our ability to force turnovers and not turn the ball over. They had a lot of empty possessions, and that allowed us to make our run.” Sophomore center Rob Marberry, senior guard Josh Williams and junior guard Nathan...
Lady Bisons fall in battle against Stetson Hatters

Lady Bisons fall in battle against Stetson Hatters

Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons (3-15) lost their fifth game in a row 91-66 to the Stetson Hatters (14-4) Monday night in Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons have now lost 12 of their last 14 games. After trailing 48-26 at halftime, Lipscomb outscored Stetson by 10 in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 12. However, that was the closest the team would get in the second half as Stetson would out-score Lipscomb 29-16 in the 4th quarter. “We played great in the 3rd quarter, but defensively the 4th quarter killed us,” Head Coach Greg Brown said. “I applaud our team’s effort, but our execution has to be a whole lot better defensively.” For Lipscomb, junior guard Loren Cagle was the lone highlight as she flirted with a triple-double. She finished with nine points, eight rebounds and 11 assists. “Loren really filled up the stat sheet for our team, and she provided a much needed spark for our team,” Brown noted. This isn’t the first time the Lady Bisons have lost by a lot. They are ranked 343 out of 345 teams with a -22.9 scoring margin. Stetson was led by guard Brianti Saunders, as she led all players with 24 points. This wasn’t Saunders first successful game against Lipscomb. In her eight career games against Lipscomb, she averaged 23.7 points per game, including three 30-point games. Stetson’s forward, Sarah Sagerer, had a huge impact on the game by blocking shot after shot. She came into the game as the 7th best shot blocker in the nation, and her four blocks against the Lady Bisons moved her up to 5th in the...