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Stats at a GlanceNAVYLIP
FG Percentage.440 (22-50) .644 (38-59)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .476 (10-21)
FT Percentage.966 (28-29) .808 (21-26)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds1822
Total Rebounds2529
Bench Points2658
PointsCarter Jr. - 17
ReboundsKiernan - 5
AssistsAbdullah - 4
StealsAbdullah - 1
Davis - 1
Pearson - 1
Wieck - 1
Carter Jr. - 1
Burnett - 1
BlocksBurnett - 1
Men's Hoops returns home on Sunday to host Navy
Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Men's Hoops returns home on Sunday to host Navy

NASHVILLE – After spending the last 22 days on the road, Lipscomb men’s basketball finally returns home Sunday afternoon to host Navy at Allen Arena in a 1:30 p.m. tip.

The contest marks the second meeting between the two teams after the Bisons went to Annapolis, Maryland last December and knocked off the Midshipmen, 73-64.

Fans will want to arrive early as the first 200 through the door will receive a free Christmas ornament to hang on their tree. There will also be an on opportunity for fans to get their pictures made with Santa in the north lobby.

Sunday’s matinee will be streamed live on ESPN+ with father-son duo Jonathan and Justin Seamon on the call. For those unable to make it out or watch, Live Stats will also be available HERE.


  • Lipscomb dropped its second contest of the season against Belmont, 76-74, in a thriller that went to the wire.
  • After the Bruins hit a go-ahead runner with 4.7 seconds to play, the Bisons rimmed out a game-winning three at the buzzer.
  • Senior Rob Marberry had his way with the Bruins all night. The big man posted season highs in points (26), rebounds (8), assists (4) and blocks (2).
  • Lipscomb led by as many as 11 with 4:15 to play in the first half before Belmont hit six long balls in the second half to outlast the Bisons 43-39 in the final 20 minutes.


  • Lipscomb made its first-ever trip to the state of Maryland last season to take on the Midshipmen in the inaugural meeting between the programs.
  • Garrison Mathews and Marberry provided the Bisons a one-two punch that was too hard to handle as the duo scored 27 and 19, respectively, to beat Navy 73-64.
  • Matt Rose also finished in double figures with 12.
  • Lipscomb outshot Navy from the floor, 44.4% to 41.4% and drained 19-of-26 from the charity stripe.
  • The defense played a big role in the victory, holding Navy to just one bucket over the final 7:33 of the contest. The Bisons forced 17 turnovers, converting them into 24 points.


  • Although it’s the ninth time in school history, Navy makes its first trip to the state of Tennessee in 14 years. Its last visit was December 2004 when they Midshipmen took on Belmont.
  • Navy brings to Nashville a 3-5 overall record after earning its first road victory of the season at Delaware (80-65) on Wednesday. Its other victories were against Coppin State (77-58) and Bryant (83-79).
  • The Midshipmen dropped contests at Morgan State (75-51) and at home versus Brown (67-50) and new ASUN member Liberty (76-58).
  • Opponents are outscoring Navy 70.6 to 62.5 on the season and outshooting it 42% to 38%.
  • Cam Davis, one of two players averaging double figures, leads the squad with 11.3 points each time out on 43.5% shooting from the floor.
  • George Kieman is just behind at 10.1 points per game in just 22.3 minutes. He is also pulling down 4.9 boards.
  • Navy’s top rebounder is John Carter Jr. at 6.0 boards per contest, to go along with 8.3 points.


  • Lipscomb has won 14 of 17 games dating back to last season, including a 9-1 mark on the road. The Bisons are already 4-1 away from home this season after an ASUN-leading 10-7 road record last season.
  • The Purple and Gold climbed to 7th on the latest College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll and 9th in SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness poll.
  • Mathews moved into 10th all-time in Lipscomb’s scoring list with 1,873 career points. He also climbed to 14th in ASUN Conference history – passing Stetson’s Divine Myles (2014-18) and Georgia Southern’s Jeff Sanders (1986-89).
  • With seven points on Sunday, Mathews would tie Steve Flatt (1973-77) for 9th on Lipscomb’s all-time chart.
  • Mathews garnered his 8th-career ASUN Player of the Week honor Monday, tying Centenary’s Willie Jackson (1980-84) for the most all-time in conference history for men’s basketball.
  • The senior preseason Player of the Year stands 6th on the active career scoring leaders list in Division I. He trails Wofford’s Fletcher Magee (1,984) for 5th.
  • The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 82.9 PPG, three points higher than second place Liberty, and seven higher than Jacksonville in third.
  • Lipscomb also ranked first in scoring offense the last two years in the league at 82.1 (2018) and 85.0 (2017).
  • Senior postman Eli Pepper grabbed five rebounds Tuesday against the Bruins, pushing him to 802 for his career. That is the second most in the program’s NCAA era, trailing only Adnan Hodzic’s 840.
  • The Bisons have been one of the best teams in the nation getting to the line and converting. They are 145-of-190 at the charity stripe for a 76.3% - the 29th best mark in Division I.
  • Lipscomb’s defense has been as stingy as they come, ranking 20th nationally in forcing 17.75 turnovers per game. Kenny Cooper leads the way with 2.38 per game – the 26th best mark in the country.
  • Lipscomb is currently one of only two teams in Division I with three 1,000 career-point scorers on its roster after Nate Moran and Rob Marberry joined Garrison Mathews earlier this season. Nevada the other DI team - they have five players with 1,000+ career points. Those five are all transfers.
  • The Bisons posted back-to-back 20-win seasons over the past two years for the first time in its NCAA Division I history. Lipscomb’s 23 wins last year registered as a program D-I best. They are 48-24 since 2016- 17.
  • This Bison team is one of the most experienced in the country, despite a handful of fresh new faces. Among all Division I teams, no school has more career points on the roster than Lipscomb with 6,703. Kansas State was the next closest with 5,159.
  • The Bisons brought back 91.5% of an offense that ranked 23rd in the nation last season at 82.1 points per game. Lipscomb also returned 92 percent of its assists from a year ago when the Bisons averaged 15.7 per game.
  • 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 91.5 percent of the offense is back from a team that ranked 23rd in the nation averaging 82.1 points per game.



Lipscomb hits the road again on Wednesday for a quick trip to the Bluegrass State when the Bisons take on the Louisville Cardinals at 6 p.m. in the YUM! Center.