NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball continues play Monday night at Lipscomb.
Belmont dropped a 73-70 decision at Wright State Friday to open the season. Sophomore Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) scored a career-high 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting, while senior Reece Chamberlain (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) added 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The Bruins limited Wright State to 40 percent shooting, but committed an uncharacteristic 21 turnovers.
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd and Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander have a bond that dates back to the early 1990's. Alexander, a product of nearby Brentwood Academy, played point guard for Byrd at Belmont from 1991-95. He won 119 games as a player and helped lead Belmont to the top of the NAIA. As a senior in 1994-95, Alexander directed the then-Rebels to a 37-2 record, a No. 1 national ranking, and an appearance in the NAIA National Semifinals. From there, he spent 16 seasons as a part of Byrd's coaching staff. Belmont won 287 games with Alexander on staff.
This marks the fifth time Byrd and Alexander have coached against each other. In 2011-12, Alexander's first season at the helm at Stetson, Belmont defeated the Hatters, 84-71 in Nashville, and 106-93 in DeLand. The Bruins won 87-83 at Lipscomb and 94-64 at home last season.
Lipscomb associate head coach Roger Idstrom was a member of Belmont's staff from 2000-11.
Lipscomb assistant coach Steve Drabyn was an All-Atlantic Sun guard for Belmont from 2000-04. Drabyn led the nation in free throw percentage in 2003, and ranks eighth on the Bruins NCAA era career scoring list with 1,237 points.
Lipscomb graduate center Chad Lang spent the last four seasons at Belmont. After redshirting in 2010-11, Lang made 60 game appearances over three seasons.
Lipscomb freshman Asa Duvall is the son of former Belmont player Danny Duvall.
This marks the 135th meeting between Belmont and Lipscomb. The Battle of the Boulevard series dates back to 1953, with Lipscomb holding a 73-61 series lead. Belmont holds a 14-9 series lead in the NCAA Division I era of the rivalry (2004-present). Belmont has won the last five meetings.
Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. In-game updates will be provided on Twitter @BelmontMBB.