November 25, 20181st2ndFinal
Lipscomb483987
Morehead State262955
Stats at a GlanceLIPMOR-M
FG Percentage.464 (32-69) .355 (22-62)
3P FG Percentage.400 (12-30) .136 (3-22)
FT Percentage.786 (11-14) 1.000 (8-8)
Offensive Rebounds1211
Defensive Rebounds2827
Total Rebounds4038
Turnovers1018
Steals92
Bench Points4720
LeadersLIPMOR-M
PointsASADULLAH - 15
HARRIS - 15
ReboundsASADULLAH - 9
HARRIS - 11
AssistsFLEMING - 3
BUCKLAND - 3
MARBERRY - 3
HICKS - 4
StealsJONES - 3
HICKS - 1
BAKER - 1
BlocksPEPPER - 1
ASADULLAH - 1
WOLFE - 1
HARRIS - 2
Men's Hoops set for Sunday matinee at Morehead State
Saturday, November 24, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Men's Hoops set for Sunday matinee at Morehead State

NASHVILLE – Lipscomb men’s basketball continues road action Sunday for a 1:05 p.m. matinee matchup against Morehead State at the E.T. Johnson Arena in Morehead, Kentucky.

Lipscomb will carry plenty of momentum into the contest after earning a pair of big road wins at SMU and #18 TCU over the Thanksgiving break. They will look for its third straight road win to open the 2018-19 season.

After not meeting on the court in the program’s NCAA era before 2016, Lipscomb will meet Morehead State for the fourth time in three years on Sunday.

Fans wanting to check out the action can watch live on ESPN+ or listen via the Morehead State radio network. Live Stats will also be available HERE.

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • Lipscomb knocked off #18 TCU on Tuesday, marking the first-ever win for the program over a top 25 team.
  • Trailing by one at the half, Lipscomb outscored the Horned Frogs by 10 in the second half, to earn a 73-64 victory.
  • Garrison Mathews led the way with 23 points and five rebounds.
  • Kenny Cooper added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Rob Marberry chipped in 13.
  • Marberry became the latest Bison to score 1,000 points for his career on a free throw in the final minute of the first half.


SERIES HISTORY

  • Lipscomb holds the series edge 2-1 in the NCAA era.
  • The Bisons have won two straight after dropping an 89-75 game at Morehead in 2016.
  • Lipscomb split the series in 2016 with a 98-84 win in Nashville later in the season. Mathews poured in career-best 36 points at that time behind eight of the team’s 15 long balls.
  • The Bisons downed the Eagles 77-70 last season in Nashville.
  • Mathews is averaging 29.3 points on 50% shooting in his career against MSU. He is 17-of-28 from three and 25-of-34 from the line.
  • In those contests, Lipscomb is averaging 10.3 threes and 26.3 free throws per game. They have drained 79-of-106 at the line.

 

SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE

  • The Eagles (2-3) are coming off four consecutive road games in the 2K Empire Classic.
  • They have earned wins over Kentucky Christian and Missouri-Kansas City, while falling to Connecticut (80-70), #14 Syracuse (84-70) and Green Bay (87-70).
  • Senior forward Lamontray Harris enters the game with back-to-back double-doubles and now 11 for his career. He ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference with 11.2 rebounds per game and averages 12.2 points to rank second on the team.
  • MSU has hit at least one three-pointer in 377 consecutive games dating back to 2007.
  • In the last three games, junior guard Jordan Walker has averaged 24.0 points after scoring a season high 25 against Green Bay. He hit all 12 of his trips to the line.
  • Senior guard A.J. Hicks ranks second in the OVC with 6.6 assists per game. Hicks has at least five assists in all five games this season and has 18 career games with five or more assists- he has been responsible for 32 percent of Morehead State's points in 2018-19.
  • Jordan Walker leads the OVC in free throw percentage, hitting 24 of his 25 free tosses. In his three-year career, Walker has drilled 78 percent (145-of-184) of his charity stripe opportunities.

 

QUICK SHOTS

  • The Bisons are on the season’s longest road trip of five games.
  • Lipscomb looks to win five games in the month of November for the first time since 2006-07 when they opened the season 5-2.
  • Lipscomb leads the ASUN Conference in scoring at 86.3 per game. The Bisons are also tops in free throw’s made (20.2), attempted (26.6), percentage (75.9), and defensive rebounds per game (28.4).
  • The Bisons are 18th in the nation in steals per game (9.4) and 34th in assists per game (17.2). They are forcing 19 turnovers each time out, 14th most in the country.
  • Mathews paces the ASUN in scoring at 20.8 per contest. Cooper is ninth at 13.8.
  • He has scored 20+ points in three of the five games.
  • Mathews has been automatic at the line, draining 32-of-35 for a 91.4% clip. The guard is also averaging 4.8 rebounds each time out.
  • Mathews is the sixth leading active scorer in Division I with 1,832 total points. He became the 19thplayer 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– 450), three pointers made (T6th – 254), three pointers attempted (7th – 705), field goals attempted (8th – 1,265), and free throws attempted (9th – 563).
  • Eli Pepper leads the team and stand fourth in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game. His .667 field goal percentage (18-27) is third best.
  • Kenny Cooper ranks 15thnationally with 2.80 steals per game. His 14 total swipes are 19th most overall.
  • After three games, Rob Marberry is averaging 13.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He is second on the team with a .607 field goal percentage among players with at least 10 attempts.
  • Marberry became the third Bison on the roster to hit 1,000 points for his career. Moran reached the clip in the previous outing at SMU.
  • 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 6,458 points, the Bisons have the most career points on the roster than any other team in the country. Kansas State is second with 4,989.
  • Lipscomb also returned 92 percent of its assists from a year ago when the Bisons averaged 15.7 per game.

 

UP NEXT

The Bisons continue their five-game road trip next Saturday, Dec. 1 when they travel down I-24 to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee. Tip with the Blue Raiders is set for 5 p.m. at the Murph Center.