The Byrd Cage

Belmont’s Home Opener: The Maryville Saints

In Game Posts on November 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

“Yeah!  That’s what a D-1 school looks like,” yelled the Lipscomb fan in a sea of 10 students while the Bisons’ center Stephen Hurt took a free throw against the Maryville Saints tonight.  My compadre on this “scouting” trip to Allen Arena even cringed as the taunt echoed throughout the empty seats of the auditorium.

You shouldn’t have to taunt a D-2 school, Bisons.  And you don’t taunt while your own player is at the free throw line.  But, the Byrd Cage is not here to instruct others on trash talking, we are here to inform on the Bruins’ pursuit of basket ball perfection.  Nonetheless, Lipscomb won handily 73-55.

The Maryville Saints played the Lipscomb Bisons tonight on their first stop of their Nashville road trip.  The Bruins get them tomorrow at 7 in the Curb Event Center- but the Byrd Cage is here to deliver your scouting report.

The School

Founded in 1872 as an academy for young women in St. Louis, Maryville University became a 4 year college in 1923.  The university has 2,400 students enrolled and the mascot’s name is Louie the St. Bernard.

The Team

Maryville made 7 of 28 three-point attempts tonight for a miserable 25% from the arc.  Sophomore Armon Provo was the high scorer of tonight’s game with 10 points, and the rest of the starters really did nothing close to remarkable.  I don’t say this to demean the players, but their shooting was poor and their ball handling mirrored the score.  Their free throw shooting percentage was higher than Lipscomb’s at 61.5% though, but that would not be enough to beat the Bisons.

The end of the first half is where Lipscomb took off, but even Lipscomb fumbled about during the first part of the game.  Both teams seemed to handle the ball sloppily starting off, but Lipscomb’s press discombobulated any control the Saints thought they may have had.

All in all, I really don’t have much else to report here, and I really don’t think you want to read anymore- so i’ll leave you with this:

CHAD LANG DUNKING.

Photo by Joel Schlichtemier for Belmont Byrd Cage

Come to the game tomorrow, it’s going to be a great year!

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  1. W O W

  2. i would like to argue this post should be called The Mary… who cares… Check out Chad Boomshakalaka Lang

  3. also…did anyone notice how happy chad looks… child like joy

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