February 11, 20171st2ndFinal
Lipscomb484997
Stetson483785
Stats at a GlanceLIPSTET
FG Percentage.571 (36-63) .525 (32-61)
3P FG Percentage.433 (13-30) .412 (7-17)
FT Percentage.667 (12-18) .778 (14-18)
Offensive Rebounds54
Defensive Rebounds2826
Total Rebounds3330
Turnovers88
Steals35
Bench Points3722
LeadersLIPSTET
PointsMATHEWS - 20
DOYLE - 21
ReboundsPEPPER - 11
DOYLE - 7
AssistsMARBERRY - 5
MILLER - 5
RIVERA - 6
StealsCOOPER - 2
RIVERA - 2
BlocksMARBERRY - 2
BUCKLAND - 2
GLASFORD - 1
Second half start leads Bisons to win at Stetson
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Second half start leads Bisons to win at Stetson

DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team used a strong run out of the gate in the second half to down ASUN Conference foe Stetson 97-85 on Saturday afternoon at the Edmunds Center in DeLand, Florida.

“This was a great trip for us,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Today we had to work really hard, especially in the second half when we settled down defensively.  I thought offensively we put maybe our best 40 minutes together. We really shared the ball well and shot the ball better than we’ve been shooting."

After the two teams battled to a 48-48 tie at the break, the Bisons (17-11, 9-2 ASUN) used a 15-4 run to take control over the Hatters (10-18, 2-9 ASUN) and keep a firm hold atop the ASUN standings with just three games remaining before tournament action begins.  The 9-2 mark in league play for the Purple and Gold ties the 2005-06 team for the best start in school history.

“This is the second game in a row where we’ve come out and established ourselves to start the second half,” said Alexander. “There was no spectacular halftime talk or anything like that. Our guys just executed and the ball fell for us and gave us a big lift and some separation that we maintained pretty much for the rest of the second half.” 

Lipscomb used a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures led by sophomore guard Garrison Mathews, who finished with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Fellow sophomore Rob Marberry added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and five assists from the post.

The Bisons as a whole shared the ball well all afternoon as the team notched 24 assists in the contest led by five from Cam Miller and Marberry.

“I can’t say enough about the guys that came off the bench,” said Alexander. “We’re so thin on numbers without George (Brammeier). We only dress nine and a couple of those are under some pretty severe injuries and not even practicing a whole lot.

“Cam played 31 minutes off the bench, so essentially the whole game except for the starting minutes in each half. Cam, Michael (Buckland), and Aaron (Korn) gave us 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists off the bench, which is some great offensive production. Kenny Cooper gave us some solid minutes as well.”

Herd notes:

  • The 17 wins are the most in a season since the 2010-11 slate when the Bisons went 17-13.
  • Marberry and Mathews were joined in double figures by Michael Buckland (13) and Cam Miller (11) as the duo combined for 24 points off the bench in the win. Overall, the Bisons held a 37-22 edge in bench points.
  • Six of the nine players that saw the floor hit a trey in the win as the Bisons held a 13-7 advantage beyond the arc.
  • Bolstered by 16 assists in the first half, Lipscomb held a 24-12 edge in assists.
  • Both teams held on to the ball with each squad turning the ball over only eight times.
  • Stetson held a slight edge at the free-throw line hitting 14-of-18, while the Bisons hit 12-of-18 on the afternoon.
  • The Bisons owned a 46-38 edge in points in the paint.
  • Lipscomb also held a 33-30 advantage in rebounds.

Up next:  The Bisons return home on Thursday night hosting North Florida at 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com to purchase your tickets.