Kenny Williams scored 18 points and defending national champion North Carolina took its time before opening up, beating Lipscomb 84-66 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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Reigning champ North Carolina and trendy favorite Michigan State begin their tournament runs, while New Mexico State, Butler and Murray State look to become this year's Cinderellas.
North Carolina guard Cam Johnson, who hurt his back during the ACC tournament, is "full go" for Friday's game against Lipscomb, according to head coach Roy Williams.
ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi and his team of Bracketologists examine the 2018 NCAA tournament outlook for the Lipscomb Bisons.
Lipscomb is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time, after Garrison Mathews scored 33 points and the second-seeded Bisons wasted most of an enormous lead before recovering to beat top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 108-96.
Garrison Mathews scored 23 points to lead No. 2 seed Lipscomb to a 77-62 victory over third-seeded Jacksonville on Thursday night in an Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinal.
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The Atlantic Sun Conference championship game is set: No. 1 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 2 Lipscomb on Sunday.
Garrison Mathews scored 29 points with five 3-pointers for his 19th 20-plus game of the season and Lipscomb beat Stetson 89-73 on Monday night to advance to its fourth straight Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinal game.
Rob Marberry scored 18 of his 32 points in the first half as Lipscomb got its fifth straight win to close out the regular season schedule with an 83-74 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday night.
Garrison Mathews scored 23 points and Lipscomb held on to defeat Atlantic Sun champion Florida Golf Coast 90-87 on Saturday night despite blowing a 17-point second-half lead.
Garrison Mathews had 17 points as Lipscomb got hot in the second half to beat Stetson 82-73 to win its third straight in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Thursday night.
Rob Marberry poured in 27 of his career-high 39 points in the second half and Lipscomb turned back North Florida 82-75 on Saturday.
Garrison Mathews scored 23 points and Eli Pepper added 11 points and 15 rebounds to lead Lipscomb over Jacksonville 82-59 on Thursday night and move into a second-place tie with the Dolphins in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Abdul Lewis and Anthony Tarke scored 27 each on Saturday and NJIT closed the game with 14 straight points for an 81-77 win over Lipscomb.
Rob Marberry had a career-high 38 points to go with nine rebounds on Monday night and Lipscomb escaped at USC Upstate with a 110-106 win in double overtime.
Rob Marberry tied his career high with 29 points and Lipscomb rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to beat NJIT 86-79 in overtime Saturday.
Rob Marberry had 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds, Kenny Cooper added 16 points and Lipscomb beat USC Upstate 92-78 on Wednesday night.
Garrison Matthews, Matt Rose and Rob Marberry each scored 20 points but a tight game came down to free throws in the last 49 seconds with Lipscomb making just enough to hold off Stetson 85-82 on Saturday and break a three-game losing streak.
Brandon Goodwin scored 22 points and Florida Gulf Coast rallied from an 18-point, second-half deficit to beat Lipscomb 88-83 on Thursday night to remain undefeated in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
JD Notae scored 21 points and Devin Harris added 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals to help Jacksonville beat Lipscomb 87-69 on Saturday night.
Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored a career-high 26 points, 18 in the second half, and North Florida beat Lipscomb 102-96 on Thursday night.
Garrison Mathews scored a school-record 43 points with a career-high 13 rebounds and Lipscomb beat Kennesaw State 86-71 on Saturday night to open Atlantic Sun Conference play.
Garrison Matthews knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 28 points as Lipscomb picked up its 10th win of the season by pummeling cross-down rival and NAIA-member Fisk, 99-53 on Wednesday night.
Vincent Edwards had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Isaac Haas added 19 points and seven rebounds to help No. 14 Purdue beat Lipscomb 98-66 on Saturday night.