December 20, 20161st2ndFinal
Lipscomb514899
Austin Peay414485
Stats at a GlanceLIPAPSU
FG Percentage.600 (36-60) .541 (33-61)
3P FG Percentage.621 (18-29) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.692 (9-13) .579 (11-19)
Offensive Rebounds83
Defensive Rebounds2618
Total Rebounds3421
Turnovers1711
Steals69
Bench Points339
LeadersLIPAPSU
PointsMATHEWS - 28
ROBINSON - 22
ReboundsPEPPER - 10
ROBINSON - 5
AssistsMORAN - 6
ROBINSON - 3
IVORY - 3
StealsBUCKLAND - 2
COOPER - 2
MURRY - 2
SAVAGE - 2
PORTER-BUNTON - 2
BlocksMARBERRY - 2
JONES - 5
3-point barrage leads Bisons past Austin Peay
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
3-point barrage leads Bisons past Austin Peay

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a season high 18 treys, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team downed Austin Peay 99-85 on Tuesday night at the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.

The Bisons (6-9) and Governors (4-8) both shot the ball well from the field as Lipscomb hit a season best 60 percent (36-of-60), while Austin Peay nailed 54.1 percent (33-of-61). 

“We like to call games like this ‘pillow fights’ when both teams are really soft defensively,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We just happened to outscore them.  It was a pretty phenomenal offensive effort.”

Sophomore guard Garrison Mathews played a large role in that hot shooting as he hit 10-of-19 en route to a game high 28 points. The Franklin native hit five treys, added five rebounds and four assists as the Bisons collected their second consecutive road win.

“He continues to put up good numbers for us,” noted Alexander. “Anyone can score 28 points with a million shots but he did it on 19.  Over the last four-six games, not only is he scoring well but all of his shooting percentages are really good.”

The Bisons had all 10 players that dressed play 10 minutes or more in the contest and got 33 points off the bench.

“Tonight was one of those games where we need everybody to contribute,” said Alexander. “Everybody did and it was a good team win.”

Herd notes:

  • The Bisons 18 three pointers are the most by any ASUN Conference team this season and one off the Lipscomb NCAA era record.
  • Mathews 28 marks the fourth time in the past five games that the guard has scored 20-plus points. He’s averaging 26 points per game over that stretch.
  • Mathews was joined in double figures by Nathan Moran, who scored a season high 18 behind 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc and Kenny Cooper with 10 off the bench. All 10 players who dressed, scored for the Bisons.
  • Eli Pepper hauled in a game high 10 rebounds just missing a double-double by one point. He helped the Bisons to a 34-21 edge on the glass including an 8-3 advantage on the offensive boards.
  • Lipscomb notched 22 assists on 36 made baskets, the most against an NCAA Division I opponent this season.
  • Due to foul trouble, Pepper, Josh Williams and Rob Marberry combined to play just 15 minutes in the first half.
  • Both teams went on huge streaks without a miss. The Bisons notched a pair of runs of eight straight buckets without a miss, while Austin Peay tallied 11 straight at one point in the second half.

Up next:  The Bisons take a quick break in the action to celebrate Christmas before returning to road action on Dec. 29 at Missouri.