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January 12, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceSTETLIP
FG Percentage.358 (24-67) .571 (36-63)
3P FG Percentage.158 (3-19) .118 (2-17)
FT Percentage.739 (17-23) .800 (20-25)
Offensive Rebounds1010
Defensive Rebounds1837
Total Rebounds2847
Bench Points2038
PointsNEWTON - 23
ReboundsNEWTON - 9
AssistsMYLES - 3
StealsMYLES - 1
BlocksNEWTON - 2
Inside play leads Bisons past Stetson in ASUN action
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Inside play leads Bisons past Stetson in ASUN action
Credit: Grant Exline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the usual aerial barrage grounded, the Lipscomb men’s basketball used a ground-and-pound approach scoring 58 points in the paint en route to a 94-68 win over ASUN Conference foe Stetson on Thursday night at Allen Arena.

Sophomore center Rob Marberry led the inside attack for the Bisons (10-9, 2-0 ASUN) with a 23-point effort giving the Nashville native back-to-back 20-plus point games for the first time in his career. Fellow post player Eli Pepper contributed his second double-double of the season with a 12 points and a game-high 16 boards.

The Bisons used a stifling defense in the first half to jump out to a 49-27 lead on the Hatters (7-11, 0-2 ASUN) at the break.   Lipscomb held Stetson to just 11-of-35 from the field and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first stanza.

“If you look at our halftime numbers from the three-point line, they are very similar to the Kennesaw State game,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “But we didn’t let that affect the rest of the game. Our guys played really hard in the first half defensively.  We got the ball inside and converted offensively and played aggressively on that end.”

Herd notes:

  • Marberry and Pepper were joined in double figures by freshmen Kenny Cooper, who scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Michael Buckland, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the final 20 minutes of action.
  • The win marks the sixth-straight victory for the Bisons marking the first time since the 2008-09 season that Lipscomb has had a 6-0 run.
  • Behind Pepper’s 16 grabs off the glass, Lipscomb held a 47-28 advantage on the boards.
  • The Bisons also held a 14-7 edge in assists but turned the ball over 14 times to only 10 for the Hatters.
  • Lipscomb dominated 38-20 in bench points and 58-34 in points in the paint.
  • Both teams were woeful beyond the arc. After Josh Williams hit two of the Bisons first five attempts from deep, the team went 0-for-12 the rest of the way. Lipscomb ended the night 2-of-17 for 11.8 percent just behind Stetson’s 3-of-19 (15.8 percent).
  • The Bisons were deadly inside the arc however hitting 34-of-46 for 73.9 percent. Lipscomb held a 57.1 percent to 35.8 percent advantage in field goal shooting overall.
  • The win gives Lipscomb a 16-15 edge in the all-time series.
  • Derick Newton scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Hatters.


Up next:  The Bisons continue home ASUN action on Saturday afternoon hosting league co-leader and defending champion FGCU at 4 p.m. at Allen Arena.  To purchase tickets visit: or call 615-966-HERD (4373).