|December 21, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NAVY|
|FG Percentage||.444 (24-54)||.414 (24-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.731 (19-26)||.579 (11-19)|
MATHEWS - 2
BUCKLAND - 1
ROSE - 1
COOPER - 1
BRAMMEIER - 1
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team used the one-two punch of Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry to take a 73-64 win over Navy on Thursday night at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Maryland.
“Those two guys on the offensive end deserve a lot of credit,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “This was a really good team win. A lot of guys did a lot of things well.
“Rob was huge in the first half and carried us. He was in rhythm down low and had some nice, clean, efficient scores. In the second half against a lot of zone that we haven’t seen all year long, Garrison really delivered.”
After Mathews and Marberry scored 22 and 24 points, respectively, in Sunday’s win over Abilene Christian, the junior duo was at again in leading the Bisons (9-4) to the win over the Midshipmen (9-4). Mathews led the way in the game with 27 points including 22 points in the second half, while Marberry added 19. Both players hit 8-of-11 from the field on the night.
“I am really proud of our team,” said Alexander. “Navy is tough, as you can imagine, and good. This win took everything that we had. We extended the lead a couple of times but they battled back. Every time that we had to respond, I felt like we did. That shows a lot of maturity for our players and a lot of belief in who we are, what we’ve done and what we can do.”
The Lipscomb defense played a big role in the victory holding Navy to just one bucket over the final 7:33 of the contest as the Midshipmen. The Bisons also forced 17 Navy turnovers that were converted into 24 points.
- The win, the Bisons improve to 9-4, the best start in school history in the NCAA Division I era.
- Mathews scored 20-plus points for the 5th-straight game.
- The home loss for Navy was the first of the season for the Midshipmen in six games.
- The meeting was the first for the two schools and the first game in the state of Maryland for the Bisons.
- The game featured nine lead changes as the Midshipmen roared back from a 13-point deficit in the second half before Mathews pushed the Bisons back in front for good with a three with 9:15 to play.
- Lipscomb held a 44-41 percent edge in shooting overall.
- Free throw shooting proved to be a big difference in the game as Lipscomb hit 19-of-26 (73 percent) while Navy hit 11-of-19 (58 percent).
- The Bisons led 15-13 in bench points thanks to 12 from Matt Rose, who came in and drained 3-consecutive triples in three trips down the floor in the first half and later added a trio of free throws.
- The Midshipmen held a 39-33 edge on the boards including a 13-8 advantage on the offensive end that led to 11 points.
Up next: The Bisons take a short break for Christmas before returning to the hardwood on Dec. 30 at Purdue. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network