VANDERBILT-LIPSCOMB OLD BASKETBALL RIVALS
This Friday night the David Lipscomb Bisons invade Vanderbilt’s historic Memorial Gymnasium. Vanderbilt holds an all-time advantage of 22-4 a series that dates back to 1938-39. Their last meeting was a Vanderbilt 95-73 win in 2009. Commodore’s coach Kevin Stallings will be looking to become Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest coach as he is tied with Roy Skinner (1959, 1962-76) with 278 victories. This story by Bill Traughber was first published in 2000.
The David Lipscomb Bisons recently competed against Belmont in what has become Nashville’s greatest basketball rivalry. But before that series, Lipscomb was involved with another inner-city rivalry involving the Commodores before Belmont came into existence.
The Commodores were on Lipscomb’s schedule consistently from the 1938-39 season through the 1954-55 years. Vanderbilt holds a commanding 19-4 all-time record. David Lipscomb was a junior college until 1946, when it became a four-year institution. At this time they became members of the Volunteer State Athletic Conference.
Photo is from a game in the 1953. Vandy player Bill Feix (44) and DL’s Carl Garmon (34)
During the first two seasons, the junior college Bisons, who were members of the Mississippi Valley Conference at that time, embarrassed the SEC Commodores in three of their first four meetings with victories. Former Nashville Vice-Mayor, David Scobey, changed uniforms and moved from a Bison (1940-41, 41-42) to a Commodore (1942-43, 44-45) interrupted with a year of military service in the Navy.
“Vanderbilt teams back then weren’t too strong,” Scobey said from his Nashville home. “Being a local attraction with Pinky Lipscomb, (also a David Lipscomb Junior College graduate) who was one of Vanderbilt’s all-time greats, helped to get the teams together.”
David Lipscomb played their home games at the old Burton Gym on their campus, while Vandy played most of its home games in the old campus gym. The Commodores played their biggest games at the Hippodrome (presently the Holiday Inn-West End site) and area high school gyms. Scobey was a 145-pound Lipscomb team captain when he performed against Vanderbilt. The huge underdog Bisons gave an all out effort against the Commodores at all times. Continue Reading