|January 19, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|FG Percentage||.673 (33-49)||.468 (29-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.296 (8-27)|
|FT Percentage||.731 (38-52)||.853 (29-34)|
CLAYTON - 7
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Behind an NCAA era record 39 points from sophomore guard Garrison Mathews, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened ASUN Conference road action with a 112-95, foul-marred win at Jacksonville on Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Obviously, it was a crazy game when we shoot 52 free throws and 86 combined,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I thought we played aggressively all night long. We made a lot of winning plays on the road. They made several runs at us through the game and we always seemed to have an answer. I hope that’s a sign of our maturity and a sign of how much we’ve improved and how much we believe we’re going to win.”
Whistles were the theme of the night as the two teams combined for 65 fouls. Jacksonville (13-8, 1-3 ASUN) would be tagged with 37 of those leading to a school record 52 trips to the charity stripe for the Bisons (11-10, 3-1 A-Sun).
Mathews would be the big benefactor in that as he tied the school mark of 21 trips to the line and made a record 18. Combined with a 10-of-15 effort from the field, Mathews took down Jeff Dancy’s mark of 38 points in a game against Tennessee State that had stood since 2002.
“Garrison took the ball to the rim tonight and finished great,” said Alexander. “He’s really turned it around at the free-throw line in conference play and is shooting the ball with incredible confidence. We need him to be an all-conference player. He doesn’t have to be spectacular every night and that’s something he has to continue to learn but I’m really pleased with his performance.”
- With the victory, the Bisons have won four straight road games marking the first time that has happened since the 2000-01 campaign and the only time in school history against four NCAA opponents.
- Mathews was joined in double figures by senior guard Josh Williams, who scored 18 points on the night including four of the team’s eight treys. Nathan Moran, Eli Pepper, Cam Miller, Kenny Cooper and George Brammeier each scored nine points in the contest.
- The 39-point effort now gives Mathews two of the top four efforts in the Division I era for the Bisons as he eclipsed his previous career high of 36 that was set just last month against Morehead State.
- The 112 points are the most in the NCAA Division I era against a Division I opponent in regulation breaking the previous high of 104 set earlier this season against Tennessee Tech.
- The 52 trips to the foul line by the Bisons broke the previous mark of 50 set on the road at Tennessee State in 2013.
- Mathews 21 trips to the free-throw line tied Malcom Smith’s mark set in 2014 against Northern Kentucky.
- The Bisons shot 67.3 percent (33-of-49) from the field ahead of Jacksonville’s 46.8 percent (29-of-62).
- Lipscomb held a 19-12 advantage in assists.
- The Purple and Gold also owned a 50-34 edge in points in the paint and a 31-25 lead in points off the bench.
- Darien Hernandez finished just behind Mathews in the scoring race in the game with a 36-point effort to lead the Dolphins.
- Williams moved into 24th place all-time in scoring with his 18 point effort. He now has 1,351 points surpassing Ed White. He now trails Tracey Sales and Malcolm Smith, who are tied for 22nd with 1,360.
Up next: The Bisons continue road action on Saturday night taking on North Florida at 6 p.m. The contest is slated to air on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.