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November 20, 20181st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLIPTCU
FG Percentage.456 (26-57) .440 (22-50)
3P FG Percentage.190 (4-21) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage.708 (17-24) .560 (14-25)
Offensive Rebounds56
Defensive Rebounds2531
Total Rebounds3037
Bench Points1128
PointsMATHEWS - 23
ReboundsPEPPER - 5
AssistsCOOPER - 4
BANE - 6
StealsCOOPER - 2
BlocksMARBERRY - 2
Men's Hoops set to lock horns with No. 18 TCU on Fox Sports
Monday, November 19, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Men's Hoops set to lock horns with No. 18 TCU on Fox Sports

DALLAS – After opening its first road trip of the year with an impressive victory over SMU on Saturday, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns to the court Tuesday for its final game before Thanksgiving.

The Bisons will lock horns with No. 18 TCU at 7 p.m. in the Ed and Rae Schallmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fans wanting to check out the action can watch the game live on Fox Sports or listen via the Horned Frogs radio network HERE. Live stats will also be available. Those with DIRECTV can find the game on Fox Sports Southeast on channel 649.


  • Lipscomb ventured to Dallas for its first road contest of the season against SMU. The Bisons outscored the Mustangs by 13 in the second half to get the 79-73 victory in Moody Coliseum.
  • SMU used a late first-half surge to go into the break leading 36-29. After halftime, Lipscomb shot 56% from the floor and bettered the Mustangs by 16 at the free throw line to outscore the home team 50-37 in the final stanza.
  • Senior Nate Moran scored a season high nine points after a 6-for-6 night at the line. His game-clinching free throws in the final seconds gave Moran 1,000 points for his career – the 48th Bison to hit that mark in program history.
  • Rob Marberry and Eli Pepper led a quartet of Bisons in double figures with 16 points each. The duo combined to shoot 11-of-14 from the floor and six rebounds.
  • Garrison Mathews poured in 15 points with seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. He was perfect from the line in five attempts.
  • Matt Rose knocked down a pair of balls from long range to help him to a season high 11 points.


  • This is the first-ever meeting between the programs.


  • TCU enters the matchup 3-0 after picking up wins over CSU Bakersfield, Oral Roberts and Fresno State. The Horned Frogs will look for a 4-0 start to a season for the fourth straight year.
  • They are shooting 49.7% from the floor and scoring 74.0 points per game. On the defensive side, opponents are shooting just 37% and scoring 64.0 points against them.
  • With its victory over Fresno State, TCU improved to 27-2 in the month of November since 2014-15.
  • Senior guard Alex Robinson, who was Preseason Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award, is second on the team with 16.0 points per game. His 8.7 assists per game ranks fourth in the nation.
  • TCU’s 18-game win streak in the month of November is the second-longest among NCAA Division I programs. Only Virginia’s 21-game win streak is longer. TCU’s streak dates back to the final November game in 2015.
  • Through three games, seven of the Horned Frogs’ nine newcomers have made their TCU debuts. Overall, 35% of TCU’s total minutes have gone to newcomers. The only TCU players who have played this season that saw action last season are Bane, Robinson, RJ Nembhard (six games last year) and JD Miller.
  • For just the second time in school history, TCU begun a season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 21. The last time the Frogs were ranked in the preseason was when they were No. 24 prior to the 1998-99 season.
  • Four different players have scored in double figures in all three games this season for TCU.
  • The Horned Frogs rank 28th nationally behind 31.7 defensive boards per game.
  • Kevin Samuel is the top rebounder for TCU, pulling down 8.7 rebounds each time out. He is also chipping in 9.7 points per game.


  • The Bisons are looking for their first win against a ranked opponent since going Division I. They are 0-13, including losses to Alabama, Tennessee, Purdue and North Carolina last season.
  • Lipscomb has played four games in 11 days to open the 2018-19 season.
  • The Bisons will look to win at least four games in the month of November for the first time since 2006-07 when they opened the season 5-2.
  • Lipscomb is one of the top scoring teams in the conference at 86.2 points per game – Liberty is first at 86.3.
  • Garrison Mathews is off to a hot start in his senior campaign, averaging 20.3 points per game. He has two games of at least 20 points this season, including a 27-point performance against Belmont.
  • Mathews has been automatic at the line, draining 25-of-27 for a 92.6% clip. The guard is also averaging 4.8 rebounds each time out.
  • Mathews is the sixth leading active scorer in Division I with 1,809 total points. He became the 19th player in ASUN Conference history to score 1,800 career points.
  • He also ranks among the top 10 of active career leaders in free throws made (5th – 443), three pointers made (T6th – 252), three pointers attempted (7th – 699), field goals attempted (8th – 1,251), and free throws attempted (9th – 555).
  • Eli Pepper leads the team and stand fourth in the league with 8.3 rebounds per game. Ahsan Asadullah is eighth with 6.0.
  • Kenny Cooper ranks 11th nationally with 3.00 steals per game. His 12 total swipes are 12th most overall.
  • Cooper is also among the conference’s leaders in assists at 3.5 each time out.
  • After two games, Rob Marberry is averaging 14.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He leads the team with a .706 field goal percentage among players with at least 10 attempts.
  • Marberry enters Tuesday three points shy of 1,000 for his career. He would become the third player on the Bisons to reach that mark for their career (Mathews, Moran).
  • Lipscomb was tabbed the ASUN Conference preseason favorite by a vote of the league’s skippers and the league’s media members. The Bisons return their top six scorers from a season ago.
  • The Purple and Gold return one of the most-experience teams in the country as 91.5 percent of the offense is back from a team that ranked 23rdin the nation averaging 82.1 points per game.
  • With a total of 6,385 points, the Bisons have the most career points on the roster than any other team in the country. Kansas State is second with 4,929.
  • Lipscomb also returned 92 percent of its assists from a year ago when the Bisons averaged 15.7 per game.
  • Mathews enters Saturday with 1,543 career points, most among all active ASUN players. He led the league with 21.7 points per outing last season.


The Bisons continue their road swing Sunday at Morehead State with a 1:05 p.m. tip.