November 18, 2008

Tech travels to Lipscomb to meet Bison for first time in 34 years

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- After running their winning streak in home openers to 32 consecutive years, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will now attempt to do something it hasn't achieved in 34 years - beat Lipscomb University.

Of course, they haven't had the opportunity in all that time, either. Tech defeated the Bisons, 104-68, back in 1974, the last time these in-state foes squared off.

Tech and Lipscomb meet tonight in Nashville at 8:15 p.m., the second game of a doubleheader following a women's game between the two schools at 6 p.m.

It's Tech's first road test of the season, after opening with a 74-48 win Saturday night over Bryan College. Lipscomb is also unbeaten in it's only game this year, claiming a 121-54 victory over Oakland City College on Saturday.

Tech owns a commanding 36-3 advantage in the all-time series, with all 39 contests coming between 1940 and 1974. The two teams will play a second game this year, in Cookeville, on Monday, Dec. 1.

Senior Daniel Northern leads Tech in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots following the opener. He had 18 points and nine rebounds, and his three blocks raised his career total to 112, putting him within three of Milos Babic in second place on the all-time list of leaders in school history.

Junior point guard Will Barnes had 15 points and eight rebounds against Bryan, while junior newcomer Elijah Muhammad led Tech with five assists. Tech has two other players averaging in double figures, with both sophomore Alex Davis and freshman Kevin Murphy netting 10 points.

Lipscomb, meanwhile, had seven players reach double digits against Oakland City, topped by Brian Wright with 21. Josh Slater and Rob Murphy each scored 15, Micahel Teller had 14 and Michael Lusk added 13. Both Brandon Brown and THomas Pfaff scored 12 as the Bison shot 61 percent.

The game can be heard on the Golden Eagle Sports Network and via Free Teamline.