Lipscomb falls to UNC in first round of NCAA Tournament after historic run

Lipscomb falls to UNC in first round of NCAA Tournament after historic run

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the school’s very first NCAA Tournament appearance, Lipscomb hung around with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, but eventually fell 84-66 to the reigning NCAA champions. “Everybody knows it takes a magical night for somebody like us to beat somebody like them,” coach Casey Alexander said following the game. “And we didn’t do that, so we were playing uphill all night.” Lipscomb led the 2017 champs as late as the under-four timeout in the first half. Junior Garrison Mathews struggled with UNC’s Theo Pinson, who said he wanted to “make everything tough” on the ASUN’s leading scorer. “We knew we couldn’t support that much on him,” Pinson said. “Once he gets going, he gets going.” Pinson held Mathews to eight points on three-for-14 shooting. But even though the Bisons didn’t get Mathews’ best night, they looked the part of Cinderella for most of the first half. Kenny Cooper scored the first basket in Lipscomb tournament history on a three from the right wing. Mathews got on the board with an and-one layup in transition. Then a trio of Tar Heel turnovers and threes from Michael Buckland and Eli Pepper gave Lipscomb a 12-9 lead at the under-16 timeout. Marberry missed a pair of layups that would’ve extended the lead further. Mathews and Marberry shot two-for-seven each in the half. But North Carolina kept scuffling and the Bisons held the lead until Heels star forward Luke Maye’s three made it 25-23 Tar Heels. When Williams dropped in a three on the next possession, the majority-Carolina crowd erupted, and UNC seemed poised to make a run...
Lipscomb, UNC matchup set for Friday, 1:45 p.m. on CBS

Lipscomb, UNC matchup set for Friday, 1:45 p.m. on CBS

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Lipscomb Bisons will take on North Carolina’s Tar Heels in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte tomorrow afternoon. Tipoff is set for 1:45 p.m. CT. To watch the game, fans can tune in to CBS tomorrow. No. 15 seed Lipscomb is playing in the tournament for the first time in school history, after winning the ASUN Conference Title over FGCU in the final, 108-96, in Fort Myers, Florida, to earn an automatic bid to the tournament.. The No. 2 seed Tar Heels are defending national champions, defeating Gonzaga 71-65 in the 2017 final. UNC has won six NCAA Championships in 49 appearances but are coming off a loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship to No. 1 seed University of Virginia. “We’re not going to be better than North Carolina overall,” coach Casey Alexander said on Sunday after the selection show held in Allen Arena. “We’ve just got to be better than North Carolina in one 40-minute game.” Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
So you’re saying there’s a chance?: Bisons face long odds in NCAA tourney

So you’re saying there’s a chance?: Bisons face long odds in NCAA tourney

Sunday’s TBS Selection Show brought plenty of anticipation as the Lipscomb basketball team learned the destination of its first-ever NCAA tournament game. The answer? A date with the North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte. After the initial excitement wore off, a harsh reality set in: the Bisons must take down Goliath for their season to extend past Friday’s matchup against the defending national champions. Nearly every national analyst has picked the Tar Heels to win, and rightfully so. Coached by Roy Williams, North Carolina has won seven national titles and is routinely in the hunt for a Final Four berth. Most Vegas oddsmakers have the Tar Heels as a 19-point favorite against the Bisons. But North Carolina hasn’t been untouchable this season. While most of their losses came against highly ranked teams, the Tar Heels dropped a 79-75 contest to Wofford on Dec. 20 at home. Just three days earlier, Tennessee came within five points of beating the Tar Heels in Knoxville. Nonetheless, ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gave the Bisons just a 3.3 percent chance of beating the 25-10 Tar Heels. The Athletic’s Ken Pomeroy echoed those sentiments, giving Lipscomb a 4.1 percent chance of reaching the second round. Other media outlets acknowledged Lipscomb’s outside chance at an upset. SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner listed the game his “Category 4: It’s possible. Don’t laugh” upset pick, while Tennessee State coach Dana Ford told 104.5 The Zone’s Midday 180 show that the Bisons’ shooting prowess makes them a contender. “I like Lipscomb’s chances because in order to win in (the NCAA) tournament as a lower seed, you must make threes,” Ford told...
A look back: the rich history of Bisons basketball

A look back: the rich history of Bisons basketball

This basketball season has been unforgettable for the Lipscomb Bisons. For the first time in school history, Lipscomb’s men’s basketball team will be competing in the NCAA tournament. Sunday night, the team, with support from fans and alumni at the selection show held in Allen Arena, found out its seed and destination — a  No. 15 seed playing University of North Carolina, a No. 2 seed, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Though this is Lipscomb’s first time appearing in the NCAA tournament, the  Bisons have a rich basketball history. In 1999, the NCAA granted Lipscomb dual membership to compete in both NAIA and NCAA. 2001 was the first year Lipscomb played its first full Division 1 schedule, and the Bisons were first eligible for the NCAA tournament in 2003. But before all this, Lipscomb was a small-college basketball powerhouse, known as David Lipscomb rather than just the founder’s surname, that won the NAIA National Championship in 1986. The Lipscomb Greats — Philip Hutcheson and John Pierce Current Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson is part of this strong and established foundation that helped get the Bisons to where they are today. Notably, he was the first Lipscomb athlete to have his uniform (#44) retired. The six-foot-8-inch center ended his career with 4,106 points as college basketball’s all-time scorer, and he was an All-American each of his four seasons. He was named the 1990 NAIA Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic Player of the Year in both 1988-89 and 1989-90. But Hutcheson was successful even off the court during his time at Lipscomb. He maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA and graduated as Lipscomb’s...
Lipscomb draws defending champs UNC in Charlotte for first NCAA Tournament game

Lipscomb draws defending champs UNC in Charlotte for first NCAA Tournament game

Lipscomb will face the defending champion North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte, N.C. Friday in the Bisons’ first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The two-seed Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga 71-65 in the 2017 final and are coming off a loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship to the first-ranked University of Virginia. They have won six NCAA Championships in 49 appearances. “We’re not going to be better than North Carolina overall,” coach Casey Alexander said. “We’ve just got to be better than North Carolina in one 40-minute game.” That game will be played at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, the home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. The Bisons cut down the nets in Fort Myers last Sunday, defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 108-96 to clinch its first ASUN championship. Lipscomb was the last team slated into the NCAA Tournament bracket. Charlotte is about 400 miles from Nashville. Alexander said it was the “best-case scenario” in terms of traveling to the game. “I didn’t want to go too far away, where a lot of people couldn’t get there,” he said in a press conference following the bracket release show. “This is kind of the best of both worlds. Anybody that wants to go can go, but it’s a trip for our players for the full NCAA experience.” Bisons play-by-play announcer Jonathan Seamon emceed a watch party for the Selection Show in Allen Arena. Sophomore guards Kenny Cooper and Michael Buckland called going to the Big Dance a “dream come true.” Junior center Rob Marberry thanked the fans, who clapped for nearly an hour for cheerleaders, players and coaches until the Selection Show began. Alexander...
Bisons baseball wins two-of-three in weekend series against Michigan

Bisons baseball wins two-of-three in weekend series against Michigan

On an overcast day with a wet field, gameplay started two hours earlier than originally planned. But just before the rain could interrupt the contest, the Lipscomb Bisons (8-8) pulled out a 4-2 victory to close out a weekend series against the Michigan Wolverines (4-10) with two straight wins. They did so by not allowing any runs after the first inning. “The story of this weekend was our pitching staff,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “They really just did a great job.” The Bisons began the weekend with a 16-11 loss on Friday in which senior shortstop Blake Thomas and junior first baseman Cade Sorrells each tacked on three runs for the Bisons. The Bisons pitching staff played three, including starting freshman pitcher Max Habegger (0-1), who threw for just over two innings and allowed five runs. Lipscomb followed the loss with a 7-4 victory on Saturday. Starting junior pitcher Chris Kachmar (1-0) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, while junior pitcher Robbie Knox finished off the final three innings allowing zero hits and zero runs. Senior catcher Jeffrey Crisan ran in a team-high two scores. “We didn’t put ourself in a bad spot like we talked about on Friday,” Forehand said of both Saturday and Sunday’s games. “We corrected those things.” On Sunday, the Wolverines began with two runs in the first inning. The first occurred on an RBI double by senior first baseman Brock Keener; the second on an RBI single by senior third baseman Hector Gutierrez. Junior left fielder Miles Lewis and Keener each were credited with a run. The Bisons responded in the bottom...