|January 11, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UNF|
|FG Percentage||.429 (36-84)||.471 (32-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.276 (8-29)||.519 (14-27)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.774 (24-31)|
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Lipscomb men’s basketball team entered Thursday night’s contest as the best 3-point defense in the ASUN Conference but the Bisons could not stop the North Florida aerial attack at UNF Arena as the Ospreys used 14 treys en route to a 102-96 win in Jacksonville, Florida.
“I’m really disappointed,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I have to give UNF a ton of credit. I thought they played great. They played with great energy all night. Typically, when you have that kind of energy and that kind of mentality shots go in better.
“We really emphasized guarding the 3-point line and they go 14-for-27. We didn’t execute that part of the plan. Then you couple that with our struggles in the second half offensively where we got a ton of good shots, but it just wasn’t our night. It just created too much of a mountain for us to climb.”
The Bisons (11-6, 1-1 ASUN) entered the night holding opponents to just 29.9 percent beyond the arc but allowed the Ospreys (7-12, 1-1 ASUN) to hit 51.9 percent in the ASUN road opener.
Lipscomb jumped out to a 48-46 lead at the half thanks to a 21-point first half from Garrison Mathews but the Ospreys would hold the reigning Lou Henson Award Midmajor National Player of the Week. Mathews would go on to score a game-high 32 points to eclipse the 20-point mark for the ninth-straight game. He added a team high 12 rebounds to collect his second-straight double-double.
Junior Rob Marberry added 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss just missing a double-double.
UNF was led by Ivan Gandia-Rosa, who posted a career high 26 points hitting 11-of-11 from the free-throw line to go with a 6-for-14 effort from the floor.
- The 14, 3-pointers were the most allowed by the Bisons since the 2017 ASUN Semifinal game that saw the Ospreys drop 16 treys to bounce Lipscomb from the tournament.
- Lipscomb hit just 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from beyond the arc.
- Kenny Cooper (12), Matt Rose (12) and Eli Pepper (10) joined Mathews and Marberry in double figures.
- The Bisons held a 50-41 edge in rebounding including a 17-7 advantage in offensive boards.
- Pepper snagged seven rebounds to move into second place on the Lipscomb rebounding chart in the NCAA era. He moved past Brandon Brown and now trails just Adnan Hodzic.
- Lipscomb also held a 54-33 edge in points in the paint.
- Mathews’ 32 points marks the sixth time he has eclipsed the 30-point plateau tying Adnan Hodzic for the most in the NCAA era.