FGCU tops Lipscomb 88-83 in big home game

FGCU tops Lipscomb 88-83 in big home game

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team fell to conference rival Florida Gulf Coast Thursday night in Allen Arena after losing an 18-point second half lead. Coming into the game, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles had an undefeated conference record winning all three of its conference games so far. The Eagles also had a five-game winning streak going into Thursday night. However the Bisons came into the game on a bit of cold streak having lost three of their last five games. Despite this, Lipscomb Head Coach Casey Alexander said the game would not be a problem for the Bisons. “We shouldn’t have a problem keeping the intensity up,” Alexander said. “This is a big game.” The Eagles started off the game strong by making four of their first four shots to take the lead 8-2. However, Lipscomb didn’t let FGCU extend the lead any further at that point. The Bisons stormed right back and tied the game at 13-all two minutes later. The lead went back and forth until Lipscomb junior Garrison Mathews was able to spark the team late in the first half. Mathews, who is having a standout season, made a three-point shot to break the tie and put the Bisons up 41-38 with 2:14 left in the first half. That shot sparked the Bisons, and they went on a 13-2 run to end the first half. At halftime, the Bisons led 48-40. While the Bisons were able to extend their lead by halftime, the men still had a lot to work for the next half as went into the locker room. Florida Gulf Coast’s field goal percentage...
Dr. Gonzalez invites ‘The Gathering’ to embrace a spirit of tolerance

Dr. Gonzalez invites ‘The Gathering’ to embrace a spirit of tolerance

Dr. Chris Gonzalez, a professor in the psychology department, spoke in chapel Thursday morning. Dr. Gonzalez began his message by inviting the audience to participate in a poll. He asked who was the better theologian: Chance the Rapper or Kendrick Lamar.  After an overwhelming applause for both, he decided Kendrick Lamar won by a “voice vote.” Gonzalez then went into his talk about the topic of “In -> Tolerance,” or, intentionally moving toward tolerance. He began a thought experiment by telling the audience to “imagine you’re in a room, and there’s one other person in this room. This other person is a different gender than you are. You don’t know this person. They have a different skin color than you, a different religion than you and a different culture than you. “Once you start talking to this person you realize they’re not just different than you, you also have a lot of disagreements with them,” Gonzalez said. “The more you talk to them the more you realize they are strongly holding to their views. How are you feeling?” He said most people would probably feel uncomfortable, defensive or judgmental, and some might want to walk away. Dr. Gonzalez then confessed that he likes being around people that agree with him. Then he can have conversations that are enjoyable, and he can let his defenses down. “It’s completely normal to like to be around people that are like me, but it starts to fall apart when I get tricked into thinking I have a right to feel comfortable,” he said. “Sometimes I get tricked [into thinking] that protecting my comfort is the right...
Softball takes 2/3 in series against Stetson

Softball takes 2/3 in series against Stetson

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons (27-11) hosted their first ASUN conference series at home this weekend against The Stetson Hatters (23-9), garnering 14 hits in the final match. Lipscomb played two road series against ASUN conference opponents (USC Upstate, Jacksonville) on the road this season, going 3-3. Sophomore third baseman Sarah Higgins was red hot the past two games getting six hits in her last seven at bats with one homer, 4 RBI’s and two runs scored. “Sarah has had so many quality at bats lately,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She’s gotten solid barrel to the ball. I felt like she was getting solid barrel to the ball in the games before this weekend — she just couldn’t catch a break, so its good to finally see her get some breaks and hit those holes.” The Lady Bison’s weekend got off to a rough start as they were shut out in a 2-0 extra-inning loss to Stetson in the first game of the series. Lipscomb had been shut out in the previous two games leading up to this game. Before last week, Lipscomb hadn’t been shutout all season in 36 games. Despite the team’s offensive struggles, it didn’t stop sophomore pitcher Mandy Jordan from having a stellar performance, pitching all eight innings and only giving up one earned run and striking out 11. In the second game of Saturday’s double header, the Lady Bison’s were able to break the 22-inning shutout streak when Higgins hit a two-run homer. Lipscomb scored three more runs in the game off nine hits, going on to win 5-3. In the series finale Sunday morning,...
Lipscomb softball scores big during Purple and Gold Challenge

Lipscomb softball scores big during Purple and Gold Challenge

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons participated in the Purple and Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond over the weekend. The team dominated the field against Stony Brook with a score of 7-1, Valparaiso (7-0) and Easter Illinois (4-0, 8-0). Sophomore pitcher Mandy Jordan shut down Eastern Illinois for Lipscomb during the first game on Friday, limiting the Panthers to no runs and only three hits. Saturday morning, senior pitcher McCarley Thomas threw a shut out against Valparaiso, granting the team with the first loss in the season. Saturday afternoon Lipscomb went head-to-to head with Stony Brook and came out victorious as well. Sophomore third baseman Sarah Higgins finished the game two-for-four with a homerun and four RBI’s. In the final game of the Purple and Gold Challenge, Lipscomb played Eastern Illinois for a second time, earning a score of 4-0. Lipscomb finished the tournament with a 15-5 season record, 4-0 in the Purple and Gold Challenge and 5-0 at home. The Lipscomb Lady Bisons on Wednesday will take on Campbell at Draper Diamond and will travel to Memphis for an away tournament next weekend. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lipscomb loses close-game thriller against in-town rival TSU

Lipscomb loses close-game thriller against in-town rival TSU

The Lipscomb Bisons (3-7) took on their in-state rival, the Tennessee State Tigers (7-1), Saturday afternoon inside Allen Arena, with the Bisons eventually falling to the Tigers 72-71. TSU won the tip-off, but Lipscomb still got off to a hot start. Four minutes into the game, the Bisons led 10-2, thanks to a 50% FG percentage and making 100% of their 3’s to start the game. Sophomore Forward Eli Pepper was a big part of the Bisons’ early successes, making both of his first two chances from the three-point line. However, the Tigers took their third lead of the game with five minutes left in the first half. The Tigers led the Bisons at the half 41-36. TSU was able to take advantage of the Bisons on the boards in the first half thanks to their size. Lipscomb was outscored in the paint 18-6, and out-rebounded 28-17 in the first half. Sophomore center Rob Marberry led the Bison’s in points going into the half with 13. “They were really good on the boards and took it to us early,” Lipscomb Head Coach Casey Alexander said after the first half. Alexander said the team needed to pick it up in the second half. “Play tougher, play with more confidence, be ready to step up and make shots, rebound better and get loose balls better,” Alexander noted. Tennessee State started with the ball going into the second half and was able to make its first shot, a three to extend the lead to 44-36. The Tigers were able to keep their lead for most of the second half, but they weren’t...