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...
Mustang Inside Scoop: Lipscomb Academy heads into playoffs with a 5-5 record

Mustang Inside Scoop: Lipscomb Academy heads into playoffs with a 5-5 record

The Lipscomb Mustangs will head into their first playoff game of the 2019 season playing Boyd-Buchanan this weekend after a tough and enthusiastic year. “I’m excited for the playoffs,” coach Trent Dilfer said. “I think the regular season has hardened us in a good way.” Before the season opener, there were a lot of changes to the program. Dilfer, a former Super Bowl winning NFL quarterback, was named head coach and over 30 coaches were added to the program. Not only were there many coaching changes, but there were also over 20 transfers suiting up in purple and gold for the start of the 2019 season. The Mustangs finished with a 5-5 overall record as they prepare to face Boyd-Buchanan in round one. Dilfer says: “I think you have to judge the season somewhat contextually. A program that had won three games in two years — and we added 20-something new players to the program — and I think for all those reasons to be .500 is a big deal. I think, more importantly, I judge the season on the mentality, culture, and mindset and I think we made some radical changes.” Dilfer also shared his thoughts on how this season has shaped these young athletes into young men. The Mustang motto, “Be Set Apart” became a cruical part of the teams culture this year. “I think the boys have learned to invest a ton into something they are passionate about. They have learned a lot about becoming young men, how to overcome adversity, how to handle success, and how to sacrifice for one another, and so, for all...
GALLERY: Bisons defeat Rhodes in season opener

GALLERY: Bisons defeat Rhodes in season opener

The 2019-2020 season is off to a hot start for the men’s basketball team, which defeated Rhodes College 104-55 Tuesday night. It is a new era for this team, now being led by Lennie Acuff, the 19th coach in program history. “I told the guys after the game that this is my 30th season as a head coach, but tonight was as nervous as I have ever been for an opening game,” Acuff said. “It’s a new place, and I wanted the team to play well.” “I thought we played really hard in the first half, we just didn’t play very well. But in the second half, I felt we slowed the game down a little bit and got in our lane. I am proud of the way the guys played.” Click to read the full story from Kailey Schyler....