Mathews, Marberry named First Team All-ASUN
Sunday, February 25, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Mathews, Marberry named First Team All-ASUN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After helping lead the Bisons to their second straight 20-win season, Lipscomb’s Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry were honored with ASUN First Team All-Conference recognition, announced by the league on Sunday.

“Congrats to Garrison and Rob on their first team honors,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “They both have had monster seasons on the offensive end and have been our leaders on the court. It’s great to see them earn this recognition as they both are well-deserving.”

A unanimous first team selection for the second year in a row, Mathews lived up to his preseason billing and was without question one of the best players in the conference, after leading the ASUN in scoring at 21.4 per game – which is three points higher than any other player in the league.

In ASUN action, the guard also tops all players with a 21.5 points per game mark. He adds 6.9 rebounds per contest in conference play as well.

He was a 5-time ASUN Player of the Week award winner this season, breaking Lipscomb’s program career record.

The junior had 18 games this season where he scored 20 or more points, and in three of those, he eclipsed the 30-point plateau.

He set the program’s NCAA era single-game scoring record with a 43-point effort in the league opener at Kennesaw State, while also pulling down 13 boards in the victory.

Mathews stands sixth and seventh in the nation, respectively, with 179 free throw makes and free throw attempts.

In a road win at USC Upstate, Mathews became the fastest player in the NCAA era to reach 1,500 career points.

“Garrison has become such a consistent scorer for us and his competitiveness is a big part of that,” Alexander said.

At season’s end, there was no player in the ASUN on a hotter streak than Marberry. The junior closed the season with a monster 32-point, 11-rebound effort in a win against Kennesaw State to give him a third game of 30 or more points in his last seven played.

He finished the season sixth in the ASUN with a 16.4 scoring average, but in league action only, he was just behind Mathews at 20.1 points per outing. The lefty stands 10th in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 5.9 per game.

Marberry ranks 16th in the nation with a 61.1 field goal percentage. That number was raised to 64.6 in conference games.

He leads the ASUN in field goal makes (198), but also ranks in the top 10 in several other categories, including: free throws (81), free throw percentage (73.6), blocks (21) and total rebounds (170).

The Nashville native scored a career high 38 points on the road at USC Upstate, and then broke that record three games later with 39 against North Florida. He shot over .500 in 23 games this season, including in 12 of the final 13.

“Our offense has gone through the low post all season, and Rob has really excelled in that role,” Alexander said.

The selections mark the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Bisons had two honorees on the All-ASUN First Team. That season Adnan Hodzic and Josh Slater were both first-team picks. The all-conference teams are selected by a vote of the league coaches.

The Bisons open the first round of the ASUN Championship on Monday night at 7 p.m. as the No. 2 seed in the tournament hosting No. 7 seeded Stetson. To purchase tickets visit http://www.LipscombTickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).