|November 20, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||BEL|
|FG Percentage||.339 (21-62)||.565 (35-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (6-20)||.370 (10-27)|
|FT Percentage||.640 (16-25)||.737 (14-19)|
MANN - 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing the third game in six days, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team makes the shortest trek of the season on Wednesday night to take on Belmont at the Curb Event Center in the 134th meeting between the two rivals.
The Bisons and Bruins met just 11 days again to open the 2013-14 season with Belmont escaping from Allen Arena with an 87-83 win. Lipscomb heads into the contest on the heels of a 75-70 win at Tennessee State on Monday night, while Belmont is coming off an 83-80 upset at North Carolina.
Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander expects both squads to make changes in the game plans having taken the floor together less than two weeks ago.
“We definitely have some adjustments to make,” said Alexander. “I think what we need to know more than anything is we’ll see a completely different team than we saw on Nov. 8. They’re playing with great confidence for good reason and we’re playing at their place.
“There was quite a bit of the element of the unknown on our end. They didn’t know what we are going to do or how we were going to do it because it was our first game. So the cat’s out of the bag there now and it will be a real challenge. But what we’ve found so far this season is when we play hard we give ourselves a chance to win. So that’s where we’ll start.”
The game is set to air on 94.9 Game 2 with the broadcast team of Jonathan Seamon, Jay Walton and Jared Revlett calling the action from the Curb Event Center.
- Lipscomb leads the all-time series with Belmont 73-60 but the Bruins have taken the last four games in the series. No team has won five straight in the series since Belmont took six in a row from 1993-1995.
- Wednesday night’s contest against Belmont marks the fifth-straight contest in the state of Tennessee to open the season. The Bisons will play the first six games of the season in the Volunteer State and six of the first seven. Lipscomb will not travel outside of the state lines until Nov. 30 for the first meeting in school history with Georgetown in the nation’s capital.
- The Bisons are coming off a 75-70 win over Tennessee State that saw a career night for sophomore forward Talbott Denny, who scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds.
- After opening the season at home for the first two contests, the Bisons will hit the road for nine of the next 10 contests. Only a lone home tilt on Dec. 5 against Tennessee Tech breaks up the tough stretch away from Allen Arena.
- Junior forward Martin Smith and redshirt freshman J.C. Hampton are tied for the lead among the Bisons scoring leaders that have five players with double figures scoring averages.