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January 30, 20171st2ndFinal
USC Upstate394180
Stats at a GlanceLIPUPST
FG Percentage.525 (32-61) .444 (28-63)
3P FG Percentage.280 (7-25) .393 (11-28)
FT Percentage.955 (21-22) .650 (13-20)
Offensive Rebounds810
Defensive Rebounds3122
Total Rebounds3932
Bench Points1231
PointsMARBERRY - 29
ReboundsPEPPER - 8
AssistsPEPPER - 6
StealsMILLER - 3
Marberry and Mathews go for 29 each as Bisons down USC Upstate
Monday, January 30, 2017
Marberry and Mathews go for 29 each as Bisons down USC Upstate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team got a one-two punch from Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry en route to a 92-80 ASUN Conference win at USC Upstate on Monday night at the G.B. Hodge Center.

“Obviously we’re really pleased with our performance,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “This was a great road trip for us. We held our ground in the league standings and beat a good team tonight that took it to us just five days ago for the most part at our place. We had a lot of guys make different kinds of contributions.”

Mathews and Marberry both scored 29 points and hauled in seven boards as the Bisons (14-11) improved to 6-2 in ASUN play for the first time since 2009-10 and sit just one game behind league leader FGCU.  Marberry collected his career high 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the floor to go along with three successful trips to the charity stripe.

“Rob and Gary scored the ball great tonight,” said Alexander. “Rob played inspired and his ability to give us some easy baskets was great.  They weren’t easy for him.  He had to work for them and got them in a variety of ways. That’s huge for us when we haven’t been shooting the ball well from the 3-point line recently.”

The rematch of last Wednesday night’s game between the two teams that saw Lipscomb erase a 21-point deficit for the win was close until Mathews and Marberry combined on a 9-0 run for the Purple and Gold that stretch the lead out to 10 midway through the second half. 


Herd notes: 

  • Marberry and Mathews were joined in double figures by Josh Williams (11) who went 3-for-3 beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
  • Like Saturday’s win over NJIT, free-throw shooting was critical in the win as Lipscomb hit 21-of-22 (95 percent) ahead of USC Upstate’s 13-of-20 (65 percent).
  • The Bisons also held a 39-32 edge in rebounding but were outrebounded 11-8 on the offensive glass. Eli Pepper led the way with eight boards for Lipscomb.
  • Lipscomb held a 17-15 edge in assists and an 11-5 advantage in steals.
  • Points in the paint also went the Bisons way as Lipscomb owned a 44-30 edge down low.
  • The Bisons 6-2 start is the best in the Casey Alexander era and marks the best start in league play since 2009-10 when Lipscomb also started 6-2.
  • Michael Buchanan led the Spartans with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double off the bench.
  • With the win, the Bisons improved to 9-0 when scoring 90 or more points.
  • Mathews’ 29 points marks the 10th time this season he has eclipsed the 20-point mark.

Up next:  The Bisons return home to Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon hosting NJIT for Star Wars Day and the annual Adoption Rally. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. with coverage on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.  To purchase tickets visit: or call 615-966-HERD (4373)