|February 27, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NJIT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.407 (24-59)||.613 (38-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.417 (10-24)|
|FT Percentage||.526 (10-19)||.611 (11-18)|
MATHEWS - 5
GREER - 1
TARKE - 1
COLEMAN - 1
JENKINS - 1
MARBERRY - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team opens the 2017 ASUN Championship on Monday night hosting No. 7 NJIT at 7 p.m. at Allen Arena.
The game marks the first opening round game as the higher seed for Lipscomb since 2011. It will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools and first in the postseason. The second-seeded Bisons hold a 3-1 advantage in the series having taken both contests this season.
Reserved tickets start at $10 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).
The game will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.
- Lipscomb claimed a pair of spots on the 2017 ASUN All-Conference teams on Sunday. Garrison Mathews was one of just two unaimous first-team selections joining ASUN Player of the Year Dallas Moore. Rob Marberry was honored as a second-team selection for his first year with the team. It marks the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Bisons had two selections on the team.
- The Purple and Gold also claimed a pair of ASUN All-Academic selections as Cam Miller repeated in the category and was joined by Eli Pepper, with his first appearance on the team.
- Junior guard Nathan Moran picked up ASUN Player of the Week honors on Friday for his 24-point effort at Kennesaw State on Thursday night where he hit 8-of-12 beyond the arc to go alongside six assists and three rebounds.
- The Bisons 12-3 finish in league play is the best percentage wise in school history.
- After setting the school record for 3-pointers made in 2015-16 (331), the Bisons aerial attack is in full swing again this season. With 31 games in the books, Lipscomb ranks 5th in the NCAA with 321 treys made so far. Mathews (80), Moran (85) and Josh Williams (73) combine to give the Bisons the only team in the nation with three shooters with 70 made or more.
- The offense has had a record-setting season already for the Bisons. The team has already set a new marks for points in a season (2,622), assists (557), and free throws made (563) . The team is also in strking distance of setting marks for scoring average, 3-point field goals made, blocks, field goal percentage and free throws attempted.
- Lipscomb is ranked fourth in the nation in free-throws made (563) and fifth in attempts (777). The Bisons also rank among the best in the nation in 3-point field goals attempted (4th, 875), total assists (2nd, 557) and 3-point field goals per game (6th, 10.4 pg).
- Mathews inked his name in the record books at Jacksonville on Jan. 19 with a 39-point effort that erased Jeff Dancy’s mark of 38 against Tennessee State that had stood since 2002. He got to the total by hitting an all-time record 18 free throws in 21 attempts (tying the NCAA era mark.).
- Mathews heads into Monday’s game with 593 points on the season, second most by any Lipscomb player in the NCAA era. Mathews trails Adnan Hodzic, who scored 682 in 2009-10. He also sits just with 151 made free throws, just nine back of Josh Slater’s 160 mark for the single-season NCAA era record.
- Moran and Mathews both are closing in on the 1,000 point mark for their career. Moran sits with 961 points in his three seasons, while Mathews has notched 954 in just two seasons.
- The Bisons 112 points against Jacksonville are the most against a Division I opponent and the most scored in an ASUN game since Feb. 24, 2007. Lipscomb also set marks for FT made (38) and attempted (52).
- The January 5th game against Fisk was also full of record breaking for the Bisons as the team set an all-time school mark with 22 treys and the NCAA era marks for the most points scored (126) and most rebounds (71). Individually, Eli Pepper claimed the NCAA era mark for most rebounds with 25, Kenny Cooper delivered an NCAA era best 13 assists and Nathan Moran drained nine of the 22 triples to tie Jordan Burgasson for the most threes in the NCAA era. The game also saw the Bisons notch four double-doubles and place seven players in double figures.
- Moran collected ASUN Player of the Week honors for his play in the Bisons 81-76 win at Missouri on Dec. 29. Moran posted a then season-high, 22-point night against the Tigers as Lipscomb collected its first win over an SEC team since downing Vanderbilt in 1951. The Franklin, Tennessee native hit 5-of-10 beyond the arc, added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory.
- Senior Josh Williams and Mathews both picked up ASUN Player of the Week honors in the month of December. Williams was honored on Dec. 20 after averaging 20.5 ppg including a game-winning trey at Tennessee Tech with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock. Mathews earned league honors on Dec. 13 after averaging 30.5 points per game and six rebounds per outing. The Franklin, Tennessee native scored a career high 36 points against Morehead State, just two points shy of the Lipscomb NCAA era record. He hit 8-of-10 from beyond the arc to come up just one triple shy of tying that school mark as well. He opened the week with a 25-point effort against rival Belmont.
- Mathews and Williams are the first back-to-back winners for the Bisons since Josh Slater and Adnan Hodzic accomplished the feat in 2009-10.
- The wins by Moran, Williams and Mathews ties the most players to win in a season that was set in 2006-07 when Eddie Ard, Brian Fisk and Trey Williams earned league laurels in 2006-07.
- Senior Josh Williams has made a steady ascend up the 1,000-point scoring chart this season. The veteran ranks fifth in the NCAA era with 1,484 points. He stands in 20th place all time with 1.484 trailing Mark Campbell in 19th with 1,509. The Jackson, Mississippi native became the 45th member and the fastest to reach the exclusive club in the NCAA era last season before a knee injury sidelined him against Princeton.
- Marberry notched an NCAA era record for the Bisons at Belmont by going a perfect 11-for-11 from the field. The feat broke the previous mark of 8-for-8 by Michael Teller in 2008 against USC Upstate and is the best by any player against Belmont in the NCAA era. His streak eventually reached 15 straight buckets before he missed his second shot against TSU.
- Nearly half of the roster is from the Nashville metropolitan area. Seven players (Rob Marberry - Nashville, Cam Miller - Franklin, Nathan Moran - Franklin, Asa Duvall - Brentwood, John Matt Merritt - Nashville, Kenny Cooper - Nashville, Garrison Mathews - Franklin) call the Music City home.