Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

The first meeting of the season between Belmont and Lipscomb was everything fans could expect and more between the closest rivalry in NCAA Division I basketball. The energy was electric in Allen Arena during the hard-fought battle, but Lipscomb came up just short losing 73-67 to the Bruins. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we sure played hard,” says head coach Lennie Acuff. “We got down pretty good in the second half and was short-handed the last 10 minutes, but our guys kept fighting, clawing and scraping their way to stay in it,”. This was the first time Casey Alexander returned to Allen Arena for a game after taking the head coach position at Belmont. Alexander was the head coach at Lipscomb for six seasons leading the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT Finals appearance just last year. “Belmont is a good team and they’ve been playing fantastic, but we had a chance tonight and that’s all we wanted at the end. I was really, really proud of our guy,” says Acuff. Lipscomb entered halftime up by one, 33-32, after going on a 10-0 and a 12-5 run at the end of the first half. The Bruins came out of halftime looking for revenge. The bruins had a 12-0 run at the beginning of the second half. Once Belmont took the lead, they never looked back. “We have the ball twice down four in the last minute and we didn’t get very good shots,” says Acuff. “I have to do a better job of getting us organized down the stretch. We just got a...
GALLERY: Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons Basketball beat Northern Kentucky University

GALLERY: Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons Basketball beat Northern Kentucky University

Carleigh Short hit a second chance three with 12.8 seconds on the clock to tie the home opening game ultimately resulting in a 71-69 victory for the Lady Bisons against Northern Kentucky in Head Coach Lauren Sumski’s home debut. “She’s [Carleigh] been a big shot maker her entire career,” said Sumski. “We knew we wanted to get her a look, this was a play we put in earlier that they executed really well so I was really excited for her to knock down that shot.” After Short’s game-tying three, redshirt-sophomore Dorie Harrison sunk a pair of free throws to win the game “We completely trusted Dorie,” said Carleigh Short. “We knew she was gonna hit both of them, so in our minds, we were just saying, ‘nothing long’ because we knew they couldn’t get a layup they had to throw it long and so Dorie stepped up big and got the win for us.” To read the full story by Mckenzi Harris click here.  Offensive gallery by Mckenzi Harris   Defensive Gallery by Riley Hoag....
Lipscomb men’s basketball suffers a hard loss in seesaw game with TSU

Lipscomb men’s basketball suffers a hard loss in seesaw game with TSU

What started as a double-digit lead turned into a difficult 79-78 loss for the Bisons against the TSU Tigers on Tuesday night.  After an almost-comeback for the Bisons led by KJ Johnson, the Tigers took off with a quick drive to win the game. During the first half, Lipscomb led by as many as 11 points, a quick and promising lead on the Tigers. The team struggled without Ahsan Asadullah on the court. The Bisons ran the offense through senior Michael Buckland. Buckland scored a season-high of 14 points. However, the struggles didn’t show much until the second half. Tennessee State opened the second half with a 15-6 run and a three, putting them ahead 55-50. As the half continued, the Tigers flipped the game and held a lead, putting the Bisons 12 points behind with three minutes left on the clock.  That’s when freshman KJ Johnson took the game back over, at least temporarily. Johnson drove a shot in from the left-wing, banking a shot off the window with seven seconds remaining on the clock.  Johnson’s shot to put the Bisons back on top 78-77. TSU’s Michael Littlejohn then drove the ball the length of the floor, putting the Tigers back in the lead, 79-78 with 0.1 seconds remaining.  In the first road game of the season, the Bisons shot 50 percent from the floor, 27 of 54 attempts,  and hit 17 for 12 in free throws, a 71 percent clip.  Fleming led the Bisons in assists for the third consecutive game,  Hazen went 5 of 7 from the field with 4 rebounds. Hazen also made his career...
Volleyball team defeated in final home match of the year

Volleyball team defeated in final home match of the year

The Lipscomb volleyball team fell in a tough three-setter to Florida Gulf Coast University in its final home game of the 2019 season. The Eagles, standing at first in the ASUN, did not leave the Bisons, standing at number four, much room for error. The Bisons held their own in the first set, but after much back-and-forth FGCU took the first set 25-21. “I really liked how we came out in the first set, and I thought we did a nice job in the second as well,” said  coach Brandon Rosenthal. “Unfortunately we had a player bang her head and cut herself. We had to pause and switch up, but that is part of the game of volleyball.” Lipscomb had a spark starting off the second set leading 8-2. This caused FGCU to call a timeout, and they went on a run that led them to win the set 25-19. “At just a couple of crucial points, we weren’t as disciplined as we can be,” said Rosenthal. “It’s not a question of skill, it’s just a matter of us executing.” The Bisons did not have much fight left in the third set, with a total of 11 errors. The Eagles took it 25-14. “I thought we did a really nice job of extending some rallies,” Rosenthal said. “At the end of the day when you play a top team like FGCU, they make you earn points,” he said. “We had a couple of really good chances, but we just couldn’t finish. It’s a matter of cleaning it up and taking it to them.” Despite the tough loss, there were...
GALLERY: Frosty Bison Boogie 5K raises fun and funds for IDEAL Program

GALLERY: Frosty Bison Boogie 5K raises fun and funds for IDEAL Program

A cold autumn Saturday morning in November didn’t put down the high spirts of the runners for the fourth annual IDEAL Bison Boogie 5K. Twenty-nine degrees was the coldest-ever start for the Boogie in its short history of having fun while supporting Lipscomb’s IDEAL Program. All the money raised from goes toward the IDEAL program. The IDEAL Program gives students with intellectual or developmental disabilities the opportunity to come to Lipscomb to experience and learn in college. IDEAL students and Lipscomb faculty were among the participants in the 5K....
Suspense-filled homecoming game against MTSU ends with disappointing loss for Bisons

Suspense-filled homecoming game against MTSU ends with disappointing loss for Bisons

MTSU survived a nail-biter to spoil Lipscomb’s homecoming 73-70 Saturday in Allen Arena. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the score was 66-66. However, sparked by  C.J. Jones’ hit from downtown, and the Blue Raiders eked out the victory. Throughout the game, Lipscomb and MTSU went toe-to-toe, keeping the crowd of students, alums and family members on the edges of their seats. Lipscomb’s Ahsan Asadullah had a big night, scoring 18 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double. He added three blocks and two steals. Another standout was senior guard Andrew Fleming, who added seven rebounds and four assists for the second straight game. Asadullah and Fleming were joined in double-figure scoring by senior guard Michael Buckland and sophomore guard Jake Wolfe. Although the Bisons had four players in double-digit scoring, offense was a major problem for both teams throughout the game. Scoring runs were short lived, and droughts were the storyline for much of the game. On one such run, after Lipscomb took a 7-2 lead, the Bisons ended up missing their next nine shots. MTSU experienced similar difficulty, only making three of their first 14 attempts. While both teams started slowly, it was the Blue Raiders who put together a stronger performance in the first half and led 37-31 going into the break. After halftime, Asadullah pulled Lipscomb to 49-49 game by scoring six of his eight second-half points all within the first five minutes. But Lipscomb fell behind once again, and just a few minutes later, Middle Tennessee had its second largest lead of the game 60-51. Yet, as...