|December 17, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CCM||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.279 (17-61)||.597 (46-77)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (12-39)||.444 (12-27)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (2-3)||.789 (15-19)|
Daevon Platt - 3
Tim Snoddy - 3
JONES - 2
COOPER - 2
MARBERRY - 2
NASHVILLE – Behind a defensive effort that forced 23 turnovers, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team downed nonconference foe Covenant 119-48 on Monday night at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The main thing we wanted to get out of this game was for us to play to a standard,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “It doesn’t matter who’s out there or what the situation is, we want to play really hard and get better, today I thought we got better.”
The Bisons (8-3) turned those Scots (5-3) miscues into 35 points.
On the offensive end, all 12 Lipscomb players that played got in the scoring column. Senior guard Garrison Mathews led the way with a 22-point night in only 16 minutes of action. He hit 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from deep. It marked the sixth time in 11 games that the Franklin native has eclipsed the 20-point mark this season.
With the Bisons controlling the game from the tip, the full roster got plenty of court time as every Bison played at least 12 minutes.
Sophomore guard John Matt Merritt posted a career night across the board as he scored a career high 21 points – all coming in the second half. The Nashville native hit his first eight shots from the floor and finished 8-of-9, including a trio of 3-pointers in 18 minutes.
“It was fun to see everyone get involved, but as long as the team gets a W we are good,” Merritt said. “We rotate in everyone at practice so we have good chemistry with everyone that plays.”
Joining Merritt with productive nights off the bench were freshmen Jake Wolfe and Alex Jones, who each scored a career high 10 points, followed by sophomore Zach Flener who also set a career high with nine. Flener hit 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from deep.
“We put a lot of work in at practice, so it was finally good to see it payoff in a game,”Flener said.
Also in double figure scoring was Rob Marberry (14) and Andrew Fleming (10).
Lipscomb raced out to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes and never looked back. After building the advantage to 21-9 following a Covenant three ball, the Bisons put together a 22-0 run after Eli Pepper’s two free throws to extend their lead to 43-9.
The Purple and Gold scored the final 12 points of the opening half and went into the locker room up 59-14 – marking the fewest points the Bisons had given up in a half since also allowing 14 in 2008 against SIU Edwardsville.
The second half was much of the same as Lipscomb shot 59% from the floor and outscored Covenant 60-34 to seal the win.
- The win marked the third most points the Bisons have scored in the program's Division I era, just seven off the record of 126 set last season against Fisk. Not only did the Bisons force 23 Scots miscues, the Purple and Gold only turned the ball over 13 times and held a 30-11 advantage in assists. It was the second-most helpers Lipscomb has recorded in a game in the program’s NCAA era.
- The Bisons held a 55-22 edge on the boards, including a 14-4 advantage on the offensive end that led to 16 second-chance points. Ahsan Asadullah led the way with nine boards in the win.
- Lipscomb outshot Covenant 60-28% from the floor. The Bisons drained 46-of-77 attempts, while the Scots only hit 17-of-61.
- The Bisons went 15-of-19 from the charity stripe, led by Pepper’s 4-for-4 night.
- Lipscomb dominated the paint with a 66-10 edge down low.
- The two teams combined to launch 66 three-point attempts in the game with Lipscomb hitting 12-of-27, while Covenant hit 12-of-39. It matched a season high for the Purple and Gold.
- Senior Nate Moran made his first appearance in the starting lineup since March 2, 2017 when the Bisons took on North Florida in the ASUN semifinals.
- Mathews moved into 12th all-time in the ASUN record books with 1,920 career points. He passed Samford’s Steve Barker (1978-82), who totaled 1,902.
- The Preseason ASUN Player of the Year also chipped in five rebounds and a pair of steals.
- Marberry filled the stat sheet as he not only scored 14 points, he also picked up eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes. It matched his season high in rebounds.
- Alex Jones added a career high six rebounds and four assists to his 10 points.
- Fleming’s 10 points matched his career high set at Morehead State in 2017. He went 4-for-4 from the floor with four rebounds and two assists.
- Kenny Cooper paced the team with seven assists.
The last chance for fans to see the Bisons in Allen Arena in 2018 comes Friday when perennial mid-major power Vermont comes to town. The Bisons and Catamounts will tip it up at 7:15 p.m.