NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After threatening to run away with things behind a 17-point lead in the first half, the Lipscomb men's basketball team found itself in a battle that went down to the wire at Allen Arena. However, the Bisons held on for a 67-65 victory over Abilene Christian, dispatching the Wildcats for the second time this season.
Rob Marberry paced the Bisons with a season-high 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor. Fellow junior Garrison Mathews poured in 22 points, including three makes from beyond the arc.
Lipscomb held a 32-24 lead at the halftime break, but the Wildcats slowly climbed back into the game with a strong second half performance. ACU cut the Bisons lead to one possession with 2:35 remaining, but free throw makes from Mathews, Kenny Cooper and Michael Buckland helped Lipscomb preserve the victory.
The Bisons improved to 8-4 on the season, including a 5-0 record at Allen Arena.
- Lipscomb won the first meeting with ACU 75-67 on November 20. The Wildcats still own a 5-4 edge in the all-time series
- ACU's visit to Nashville was its first since 1958
The Bisons have won four of their last five contests, with the lone blemish being an 81-71 loss to No. 24 Tennessee on Dec. 9.
The Bisons close the year with a pair of road matches over the holidays. They will travel to Annapolis, Maryland to take on Navy on December 21 at 6 p.m., before venturing into Big Ten country on December 30 for a meeting with Purdue. Tip in West Lafayette, Indiana is set for 7 p.m.