|February 03, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NJIT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.491 (28-57)||.424 (28-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.526 (10-19)||.353 (6-17)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (15-24)||.682 (15-22)|
TARKE - 27
PEPPER - 3
MATHEWS - 3
PEPPER - 1
MATHEWS - 1
BRAMMEIER - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After spending the last two games on the road, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns home on Saturday to host ASUN Conference foe NJIT at the friendly confines of Allen Arena for the 9th-Annual Star Wars Day and the Annual Adoption Rally at 4 p.m.
The matchup will feature free Star Wars themed t-shirts and the 501st Legion Midsouth Garrison will be on hand wearing various Star Wars costumes to take photos with fans.
Lipscomb enters the contest 15-8 overall and 5-3 in the ASUN.
The contest will air live on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from the Music City. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com
- Lipscomb owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series after winning each of the past four meetings.
- The Bisons traveled to the Garden State last weekend and escaped with an 86-79 victory in overtime after erasing a 19-point deficit in the second half.
- The Purple and Gold are 2-1 all-time against the Highlanders inside Allen Arena after winning both meetings in the Music City a season ago, 87-63 in the regular season and 97-66 in the first round of the ASUN Championship.
The Highlanders enter the weekend 11-12 overall and 4-4 in league play after knocking off Kennesaw State 74-71 on Monday. It was their first road win of the season.
NJIT averages 74.7 points per game, and ranks second in the ASUN in field goal percentage (45.1) and three-point percentage (35.3).
In ASUN play, the Highlanders are producing a league-high 8.4 steals per contest and have come away with 10+ swipes in six games this season, including 12 against the Bisons last Saturday.
Sophomore Anthony Tarke leads the team with 15.2 points per outing and is second with 6.2 rebounds. Abdul Lewis is the top rebounder at 8.1.
- Head coach Casey Alexander earned his 100th career victory Monday night in a 110-106 double-overtime thriller at USC Upstate. Alexander owns 76 wins at Lipscomb and 24 as the head man at Stetson. He is now one of just three ASUN coaches to eclipse the century mark, alongside North Florida’a Mathew Driscoll and FGCU’s Joe Dooley.
- Junior Rob Marberry has scored 20 or more points in four straight games, including a career high 38 versus Upstate earlier in the week. He is averaging 27.7 points per game over that span while shooting 71.6 percent from the floor.
- Garrison Mathews, the ASUN’s leading scorer, became just the fourth player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points after scoring 25 against the Spartans. He passed Josh Williams in the process and now sits third all-time with 1,521. He is only 81 behind Josh Slater for second most.
- Mathews and Marberry sit first and second in league play for scoring at 23.4 and 20.6, respectively. The duo combine for 49.4 percent of Lipscomb’s offense in ASUN games.
- Lipscomb is currently riding a season best 4-game win streak. The Bisons lead the ASUN with seven road victories, which is tied for sixth most in the nation.
- The Bisons pace the ASUN with 88.4 points per contest.
- At home, Lipscomb owns an 8-1 overall record and is averaging 85.6 points per game.
- Eli Pepper is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.0 per game. He has pulled down double-digit boards in three of his last four outings to give him nine such games on the year.
- Michael Buckland is coming off a 15-point effort at Upstate on Monday, his first double-digit game since scoring 16 against Florida College on December 14. The 39 minutes of action in the win was a season high.
- Matt Rose has seen a steady uptick in production as of late, resulting in him getting a start in each of the last four outings. He has shot over .500 from the field in eight of his last 10 games, including a .667 mark to go along with 18 points in the previous meeting with NJIT.
Lipscomb continues its three-game home stand on Thursday when the Jacksonville Dolphins come to Nashville for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Dolphins are currently second in the ASUN standings.