NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball continues play Monday night versus Lipscomb. The Bruins rallied past Western Kentucky, 64-63, Saturday night. Sophomore Nick Smith (Bentonville, Ark.) hit the game-winning three-pointer with 12 seconds left.
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 Byrds coaching staff. Belmont won 287 games with Alexander on staff.
This marks the sixth time Byrd and Alexander have coached against each other.
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.
Alexander and Idstrom coached two current Belmont players (Chamberlain and Mobley).
Belmont associate head coach Brian Ayers played for Don Meyer at Lipscomb from 1989-93. Ayers coached with Alexander at Belmont from 1998-2011 and Idstrom from 2000-11.
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 ('81).
This marks the 136th meeting between Belmont and Lipscomb. The Battle of the Boulevard series dates back to 1953, with Lipscomb holding a 73-62 series lead. Belmont holds a 15-9 series lead in the NCAA Division I era of the rivalry (2004-pres- ent). Belmont has won the last six meetings, including 87-62 Nov. 17.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center.
The game will be broadcast live on the OVC Digital Network. 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 available on Twitter @BelmontMBB.