January 06, 20181st2ndFinal
Lipscomb513586
Kennesaw State353671
Stats at a GlanceLIPKSU
FG Percentage.475 (28-59) .475 (28-59)
3P FG Percentage.387 (12-31) .182 (2-11)
FT Percentage.750 (18-24) .684 (13-19)
Offensive Rebounds126
Defensive Rebounds2722
Total Rebounds3928
Turnovers1612
Steals39
Bench Points118
LeadersLIPKSU
PointsMATHEWS - 43
MASTERSON - 17
ReboundsMATHEWS - 13
JONES - 7
AssistsBUCKLAND - 5
MASTERSON - 3
StealsMATHEWS - 2
JONES - 3
SCOTT - 3
HOOKER - 3
BlocksPEPPER - 2
MBUYAMBA - 2
Mathews breaks scoring record with 43 as Bisons down Kennesaw State
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Mathews breaks scoring record with 43 as Bisons down Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. – Behind a record 43-point effort by junior guard Garrison Mathews, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team opened ASUN Conference play with an 86-71 win over Kennesaw State at the KSU Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon in Kennesaw, Georgia.

After being held off the scoreboard for the first 6:40 of the contest, Mathews erupted the rest of the way for the Bisons (11-5, 1-0 ASUN) hitting 12-of-20 from the field to go with 15-of-17 from the charity stripe.  The Franklin, Tennessee native added 13 rebounds for a double-double as Lipscomb opened league play with the victory.  The 43-point effort ties Oklahoma’s Trae Young for the second-highest point output in the NCAA this season trailing only Markus Howard of Marquette’s 52.

“It’s hard to complain about Garrison’s play today,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He was my first sub out of the game. I didn’t think he was ready to go and got off to a bad start.  His response was pretty incredible. When you don’t run many plays for a player and he can still go out and get 43 and dominate the game, it’s impressive.”

The Bisons also got a lift from junior forward Eli Pepper, who scored the first 10 points of the game en route to a 16-point, 12-rebound afternoon.

While he was happy to start off ASUN play with the win, Alexander was not satisfied with his team’s play.

“I am glad to get the win,” Alexander. “You should never take winning for granted. In a lot of ways, I’m pleased, but I didn’t think we were sharp. I thought we made too many mistakes on both ends of the floor. It’s good news, bad news.  We can make a lot of improvement.”

 

Herd notes:

  • Mathews scored 20-plus points for the eighth straight contest and eclipsed the 30-point mark for the second time this season and fourth time of his career.
  • The Bisons used eight first-half triples to jump out to a 51-35 lead at the half. For the game, Lipscomb hit 12-of-31, while Kennesaw State was just 2-of-11.
  • Lipscomb dominated the boards 39-28 including a 12-6 advantage in offensive rebounds.
  • Behind Mathews’ 15-of-17 effort at the line, Lipscomb hit 18-of-24 (75 percent), while KSU hit 13-of-19 (68 percent).
  • Both teams hit 47 percent from the field.
  • With the win, Lipscomb improved to 18-7 all-time against the Owls and 9-5 in ASUN Conference openers.

 

Up next:  The Bisons travel to North Florida on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The contest will air live on ESPN3.