16-17 one for the record books for men's hoops
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
16-17 one for the record books for men's hoops

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the final numbers crunched, the 2016-17 season for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team proved to be one that put fresh ink all over the NCAA Division I era record books for the Bisons including new team bests for ASUN Conference winning percentage, most points, scoring average, field goals made and field goal percentage.  Here is a look at some of the statistical highlights from the memorable season.

  • Led the ASUN Conference and finished with 2,804 points smashing the previous mark of 2,590 that was set just in 2015-16.
  • Averaged 84.97 points per game over 5 points per game higher than the previous best of 79.10 that was set in 2009-10. The 84.97 average was ninth best in the nation and best in the ASUN.
  • Tossed in a record 10.3, 3-point field goals made per game that ranked sixth best in the nation and led the ASUN. Nathan Moran and Garrison Mathews played a large role in that as the duo had the second and third best seasons from beyond the arch in the DI era.  Moran hit 90 treys on the season and finished 28th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, while Mathews finished just one triple behind Moran with 89 despite playing one fewer game. The duo came up short of Jordan Burgason’s 96 that stands as the record.
  • The Bisons dished out more helpers in 2016-17 than ever before notching 599 assists and averaging 18.2 per contest finishing only behind UCLA (21.4) and Purdue (18.3) nationally. The previous record for the team was 17.3 set in 2009-10.
  • The Purple and Gold also set a new mark for the highest field goal percentage draining .475 percent from the field that bested the previous mark of .472 set in 2008-09. Post players Rob Marberry and George Brammeier played a big role in that as the duo set a pair of marks themselves.  Brammeier set a new best for players with 50 or more attempts by hitting .689 percent of his shots.  Marberry posted a new mark for players with 100 or more attempts as he hit .610 from the field ranking him 17th best in the nation.
  • Ranked sixth in the nation in offensive tempo averaging 74.1 possessions per 40 minutes of action.
  • Set new heights in free throws made in a season (586) and trips to the charity stripe (811).
  • Blocked the most shots in the NCAA era with 106 surpassing the previous mark of 98 set in 2015-16. Also set a record with 874 defensive rebounds eclipsing the 867 boards that were grabbed in 2015-16.
  • Posted an 11-3 mark in ASUN play for a .786 winning percentage, the highest in school history. That helped lead the Bisons to a 20-13 season, marking only the second 20-win season in the NCAA era for the team.
  • The team set the school record for most points against an NCAA opponent – Jacksonville (112) –The most scored in an ASUN game since 2007.
  • Set all-time school mark with 22 treys made against Fisk.
  • Set NCAA era record for most points (126) and rebounds (71) against Fisk.
  • Mathews set the NCAA era single game scoring record with 39 in the win against Jacksonville. He drained an all-time school record of 18 free throws and tied the most attempts with 21.
  • Eli Pepper notched the NCAA era mark for most rebounds in a game with 25 against Fisk.
  • Kenny Cooper inked his name in the assists category for the most in the NCAA era in a game with a baker’s dozen against Fisk.
  • Moran also got in on the record-breaking action against Fisk draining nine three pointers in the win.
  • Mathews finished the year in the number two slot in points scored (652) and scoring average (20.4) behind Adnan Hodzic’s 2009-10 season where he scored 682 points and averaged 22.7 points per game. He also finished second in free throws made hitting 159, just one behind the season best of 160 by Josh Slater in 2010-11. Mathews finished third in the ASUN in scoring in 16-17.
  • Mathews also became the fastest player to reach 1,000 points in the NCAA Division I era hitting the storied mark in 65 contests to become the 47th-player all-time to reach the feat.
  • Despite missing half of his junior season with a knee injury, Josh Williams finished his career with 1,506 points ranking him fourth among NCAA Division I era players at Lipscomb and 20th overall as a Bison.