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January 24, 20181st2ndFinal
USC Upstate294978
Stats at a GlanceUPSTLIP
FG Percentage.409 (27-66) .550 (33-60)
3P FG Percentage.333 (6-18) .200 (4-20)
FT Percentage.643 (18-28) .710 (22-31)
Offensive Rebounds1112
Defensive Rebounds2131
Total Rebounds3243
Bench Points2231
ReboundsTHOMPKINS - 8
KORN - 4
BlocksMOORE - 1
Marberry and bench lead Bisons past USC Upstate
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Marberry and bench lead Bisons past USC Upstate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team got a 24-point night from junior center Rob Marberry and a big lift from the bench on Wednesday night to defeat ASUN Conference foe USC Upstate 92-78 at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Bisons (13-8, 3-3 ASUN) got 31 points from the bench against the Spartans (6-17, 1-5 ASUN) to draw even in league play.  The largest chunk of those points came from senior center George Brammeier, who scored a season-high 14 points.

“The guys that went in there off the bench did a great job,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “I’m really proud of them for being ready and answering when their number was called.  It needs to be a team effort. We talk a lot about getting more production from more people and it was good to see that tonight.”

Marberry led all scorers hitting 10-of-12 from the field to go with a 4-for-4 night at the line.  He added eight rebounds and a pair of assists. 

“Rob had a great game in there tonight,” said Alexander. “He really gave us an outlet on the offensive end. There were a lot of easy baskets.

Mike Cunningham led the Spartans with a 20-point night hitting 7-of-16 from the floor including a quartet of triples.

Herd notes:

  • Junior guard Garrison Mathews notched his third double-double of the season with a 10-point, 11-rebound effort.
  • Sophomore guard Kenny Cooper rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Bisons with a 16-point night, just two off his career high. Cooper added four assists, three rebounds and a trio of steals.
  • The Bisons dominated down low with a 56-24 edge in points in the paint.
  • Lipscomb also held a 55 percent to 41 percent advantage in field goal percentage.
  • The Purple and Gold also shot the ball well at the charity stripe hitting 71 percent (22-31)
  • The Bisons used a 10-0 run to close the first half and open up what had been a tight contest between the teams.

Up next:  The Bisons travel to Newark, New Jersey on Saturday to take on NJIT at the WEC at 3 p.m.  The contest will air live on ESPN3.