Photo: Garrison Mathews
By Tom Shanahan, Special to the Tennessean
RALEIGH, N.C. — Lipscomb not only earned a historic trip to New York for the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden, a basketball mecca, the Bison won with theatrics befitting the Big Apple.
Garrison Mathews scored a Division I school record with 44 points and Kenny Cooper’s encore was the game-winning basket with 1.7 seconds to play to lift the Bison past N.C. State 94-93 in the third round of the NIT Wednesday night at another historic venue, Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum. ...
NC State coach Kevin Keatts on Garrison Mathews:
“Mathews was electric,” N.C. State Kevin Keatts said. “He was the best scorer we’ve played against this year. He raised up and made shots and he made shots on the break. They’re an elite offensive team. If you were a fan, it was a great game. Unfortunately for us we came up on the short end."
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