November 10, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceEUMLIP
FG Percentage.429 (30-70) .471 (32-68)
3P FG Percentage.423 (11-26) .308 (8-26)
FT Percentage.632 (12-19) .684 (26-38)
Offensive Rebounds1014
Defensive Rebounds2832
Total Rebounds3846
Bench Points4823
PointsWilliams - 23
ReboundsRapp - 7
AssistsRapp - 9
StealsGigax - 1
Bommarito - 1
Avant - 1
Avant - 1
BlocksWashburn - 3
Mathews drops 37 to fend off feisty Emory squad
Friday, November 10, 2017
Mathews drops 37 to fend off feisty Emory squad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Led by a 37-point effort from junior Garrison Mathews, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 on Friday night with a 98-83 over Emory at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Emory didn’t surprise us at all,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We had great respect for them coming in here.  We talked to our players about the tradition that they have and how well they play as a national tournament team and a nationally ranked team.   They gave us everything we wanted.  I don’t think we played poorly, they’re just really good.”

Fresh off being named to the Lou Henson Award watch list earlier in the week, Mathews came two points short of tying his NCAA era record that came last season.  The Franklin native hit 11-of-21 from the field to go along with an 11-for-15 night at the charity stripe.  

Making his first career start at point guard, sophomore Michael Buckland narrowly missed a triple double after scoring 13 points, dishing out a career high eight assists and grabbing nine rebounds.  Junior center Rob Marberry posted a double-double with a 12-point, 10-rebound effort.

Herd notes:

  • George Brammeier and Eli Pepper joined Mathews, Buckland and Marberry in double figures with a 10-point night.
  • Lipscomb held a 47.1-42.9 percent edge in shooting as the Eagles cooled off from shooting 56.3 percent in the first half before hitting 31.6 percent in the final 20 minutes of action.
  • That hot shooting from Emory in the first half included 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.
  • The Bisons used the team’s size advantage to own a 46-38 advantage on the boards and to claim a 46-26 edge in points in the paint.
  • Andrew Fleming, Greg Jones and Matt Rose and John Matt Merritt each made their debuts for the Bisons in the contest.
  • Mathews’ 37 points are tied with former Bison great Adnan Hodzic for third most in a game in the NCAA era.

Up next:  The Bisons continue home action on Sunday hosting Morehead State at 4 p.m. at Allen Arena.  To purchase tickets visit The game will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action.

2017 Lipscomb Men's Basketball vs. Emory by Lipscomb Bisons on Exposure