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January 03, 20181st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceFISKLIP
FG Percentage.264 (19-72) .464 (32-69)
3P FG Percentage.235 (4-17) .356 (16-45)
FT Percentage.524 (11-21) .655 (19-29)
Offensive Rebounds914
Defensive Rebounds2748
Total Rebounds3662
Bench Points2444
PointsMADISON - 12
ReboundsPITTS - 6
AssistsYANT - 3
StealsPITTS - 1
BlocksPITTS - 2
Men's hoops sets mark for nonconference victories with win over Fisk
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Men's hoops sets mark for nonconference victories with win over Fisk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team became the first team in school history in the NCAA era to claim double-digit nonconference wins with a 99-53 rout of cross-town foe Fisk on Wednesday night at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We’re all pleased with how nonconference play went,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander.  “No one wants to lose five games, but going into tonight we have played the 23rd most difficult schedule in all of Division I.

“I like where we are but there’s obviously plenty of room for improvement. We’re headed to the portion of the schedule that matters the most.”

The Bisons (10-5) used an aerial attack in the first half that saw 10 treys drop from beyond the arc on the way to a 53-22 halftime lead over the Bulldogs (7-4).  Lipscomb would go on to hit a season-high, 16 threes.

Junior guard Garrison Mathews eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 7th-straight game with a game high 28 points.  Mathews hit 9-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-10 from deep in the win. Matt Rose added 15 points to tie his season high along with grabbing six rebounds.

Senior Aaron Korn tied his career best with a 14 point effort hitting four triples and sinking a pair of free throws. Junior Eli Pepper also joined the double-digit scoring with a 12-point effort to go alongside his game-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. 

Herd notes:

  • Lipscomb dominated in points off the bench as the Bisons held a 23-1 edge at halftime before an eventual 44-24 edge.
  • Rob Marberry and Pepper helped the Bisons dominate the boards as both collected double-digit rebounds. Pepper grabbed a game-high 13, while Marberry hauled in a dozen. Lipscomb held a 14-9 edge in offensive rebounds that led to 13, second-chance points.
  • The Bisons held a 46-26 percent edge in shooting overall and held the Bulldogs to just 24 percent (4-of-17) beyond the arc.
  • Lipscomb also had a distinct advantage in fast break points running out to 19 points compared to just four for Fisk.

Up next:  The Bisons open ASUN Conference action on Saturday at Kennesaw State.  The contest is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start on ESPN3.