|March 01, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||JU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.418 (23-55)||.458 (27-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (7-21)||.321 (9-28)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (9-11)||1.000 (14-14)|
MATHEWS - 4
HOGAN - 2
BUCKLAND - 1
COOPER - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 2 Lipscomb men’s basketball team continues action in the 2018 ASUN Conference Championship on Thursday hosting No. 3 Jacksonville at 7 p.m. at Allen Arena with the winner advancing to the ASUN Championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
Tickets for the game are available at http://www.LipscombTickets.com or by calling 615-966-HERD (4373). The game will air on ESPN3 with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.
The Bisons and Dolphins will meet for the fourth time in postseason play Thursday night in a rematch of the 2016 ASUN Quarterfinals, when Lipscomb knocked off the then-No. 3 Dolphins 92-89 on the road.
Lipscomb (21-9) is coming off an 89-73 victory over Stetson in the first round on Monday. The Bisons have won a season-high six straight games, and 10 of their last 11.
After building a 16-point first-half lead behind hot shooting from deep, the Hatters closed the gap to just one point at halftime. Lipscomb stormed out of the locker room with a 10-run before eventually building a 22-point lead with eight minutes remaining and cruising the rest of the way.
SCOUTING NO. 3 JACKSONVILLE:
The Dolphins enter Thursday 15-17 overall on the year and 8-6 in league play. They split both games against Lipscomb this season with each team winning at home. In January, Jacksonville downed the Bisons 87-69 at Swisher Gym for their worst loss in conference play this season. The Bisons then returned the favor with an 82-59 drubbing of the Dolphins here in Nashville in early February.
JU knocked off No. 6 Kennesaw State 87-68 in the first round on Monday to earn the right to travel to Lipscomb.
Jace Hogan led the Dolphins with a career high 39 points, eight rebounds and two assists against the Owls. That was the most points by a Dolphin in an ASUN Tournament game in program history. His 17.5 points per game is the third most in the ASUN this season.
Freshman Jalyn Hinton scored 19 points, while ASUN Defensive Player of the Year and second team All-ASUN selection, Devin Harris was one assists shy of back-to-back triple doubles as he scored 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished nine assists.
JD Notae was named the ASUN’s Freshman of the Year. He is averaging 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest this season while shooting 41% percent from the three-point line.
As a team, Jacksonville is scoring just 73.2 points per contest (7th in the league), but defensively they are the third best squad, limiting foes to 75.2 per outing.
- The Bisons will be playing in their fourth-straight ASUN semifinal game. Lipscomb is 1-5 all-time in the ASUN semis and will be looking to reach the Final for the first time since 2006.
- The last time these two teams met in the ASUN Championship, Lipscomb posted a thrilling 92-89 win in overtime. The 92 points are the most the Bisons have ever scored in an ASUN Championship contest. Lipscomb averaged 85.9 PPG in conference play this season.
- Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 21.7 PPG. He has posted 19 games of 20 or more points this season; four more than FGCU’s Brandon Goodwin in second. He has 37 such games in his career.
- Lipscomb is 12-2 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. The Bisons are scoring 84.5 points in those contests.
- The Bisons produced 22 assists in their ASUN Championship victory against Stetson on Monday night. Lipscomb owns a 16-3 record when recording 15 or more assists in a game this season. The Bisons lead the league with 15.3 APG this season.
- Eli Pepper controlled the glass in the second contest against Jacksonville with a season-high 15 rebounds. He is averaging 11.0 RPG vs. the Dolphins this season. The Bisons own a 9-2 record when Pepper pulls down double-digit rebounds.
- Lipscomb is scoring a league-best 85.9 points per game against ASUN competition.
- Pulling down 39.43 rebounds per game, Lipscomb ranks 17thin the country. Its 28.47 defensive boards per game is 14th.
- The team’s 750 free throw attempts are the seventh most in Division I. The 534 makes at the stripe is the eighth most.
- Mathews is sixth in the NCAA in free throws attempted (235) and in FT’s made (188).
- Kenny Cooper ranks 29thin the country and first in the ASUN in steals per game (2.04). He is 38th in total steals (57).
- Eli Pepper’s team-leading 8.0 rebounds, 6.03 defensive rebounds per game and 232 total rebounds all are top 100 marks nationally.
- The Purple and Gold have recorded their first-ever back-to-back 20-win seasons in the NCAA Division I era.
A win would advance the Bisons to the ASUN Championship Final on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT). If No. 1 FGCU wins, Lipscomb would travel to Fort Myers, however, should FGCU lose and Lipscomb wins, then the Final would be in Allen Arena.