February 26, 20181st2ndFinal
Stetson433073
Lipscomb444589
Stats at a GlanceSTETLIP
FG Percentage.436 (24-55) .464 (32-69)
3P FG Percentage.250 (6-24) .438 (14-32)
FT Percentage.679 (19-28) .733 (11-15)
Offensive Rebounds910
Defensive Rebounds3026
Total Rebounds3936
Turnovers1811
Steals97
Bench Points1226
LeadersSTETLIP
PointsIYIOLA - 18
MATHEWS - 29
ReboundsIYIOLA - 10
MARBERRY - 9
AssistsRIVERA - 7
MATHEWS - 5
StealsMYLES - 3
DOYLE - 3
COOPER - 3
BlocksGLASFORD - 1
IYIOLA - 1
WEBB - 1
GOODMAN - 1
KORN - 1
Men's Hoops opens ASUN Championship play Monday
Sunday, February 25, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Men's Hoops opens ASUN Championship play Monday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new season for No. 2 Lipscomb begins Monday night inside Allen Arena.

Building on their second-straight season of 20 or more wins, the Bisons begin their postseason stampede with a quarterfinal matchup in the ASUN Tournament against No. 7 Stetson at 7 p.m.

With Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call, the broadcast can viewed on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.

Casey Alexander’s squad enters the postseason 20-9 overall and 10-4 in ASUN pay. The 20 victoreis match last season’s total for the most in a season for the Purple and Gold since earning 21 in the 2005-06 season.

The Bisons had two players earn ASUN honors from the league coaches on Sunday. Juniors Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry each earned First Team All-ASUN accolades. Mathews was a unanimous first-teamer for the second year in a row.

On Saturday, junior forward Eli Pepper was named to the All-Academic team for the second straight season. 

Monday’s matchup will represent the 35th meeting all-time between the schools, with the Bisons holding a 19-15 advantage, including an 85-82 victory in Nashville on Jan. 20.

 

SCOUTING STETSON:

Stetson enters Monday 12-19 overall and 4-10 in ASUN action. The Hatters split home games with Kennesaw State (W 86-74) and league champ Florida Gulf Coast (L 76-60).

Divine Miles, an ASUN Second Team selection, is fourth in the league in scoring at 16.8 points per contest. He recently became Stetson’s all-time leading scorer last Thursday at FGCU with 1,830 career points – 16th in conference history. He is fourth in the ASUN in assists, fifth in steals, seventh in steals and 10th in free throw percentage.

He is just three assists shy of becoming the first player in ASUN history with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 150 steals in a career.

Teammate Abayomi Iyiola landed on the All-Freshman team. The forward is putting up 9.8 points and 6.1 boards each time out for the Hatters. He tops all league freshmen in rebounding.

As a team, Stetson is fifth in the conference in scoring at 75.5 points per game. Defensively, the unit ranks sixth at 77.6 points allowed per game. The team is worst in the league in turning it over at 10.7 per outing.


HERD NOTES:

  • The Bisons have reached the ASUN Semifinals in the past three seasons. Lipscomb looks to reach its first ASUN Final since 2006.
  • Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 21.4 PPG. He has posted 18 20-point games this year; four more than FGCU’s Brandon Goodwin in second.
  • The Purple and Gold have recorded their first-ever back-to-back 20-win seasons in the NCAA Division I era.
  • Lipscomb is 11-2 at Allen Arena this season. Both losses (FGCU, NJIT) saw the home team unable to hold on to double-digit leads in the second half.
  • Winners in nine of their last 10, the Bisons are the hottest team in the league going into the tournament.
  • The first-team selections by Mathews and Marberry 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. 
  • Lipscomb is scoring a league-best 85.9.2 points per game against ASUN competition.
  • Pulling down 39.55 rebounds per game, Lipscomb ranks 18th in the country. Its 28.55 defensive boards per game is 14th.
  • The team’s 735 free throw attempts are the fifth most in Division I. The 523 makes at the stripe is the ninth most.
  • Mathews is seventh in the NCAA in free throws attempted (231) and eighth in made (184).
  • Kenny Cooper ranks 35th in the country in steals per game (2.00) and 49th in total steals (54).
  • Eli Pepper’s team-leading 8.0 rebounds, 6.03 defensive rebounds per game and 232 total rebounds all are top 100 marks nationally.

 

UP NEXT:

If the Bisons win on Monday, they will host the winner of No. 3 Jacksonville and No. 6 Kennesaw State. That Semifinal matchup would be in Allen Arena with a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday, March 1.