December 21, 20181st2ndFinal
VERMONT323466
Lipscomb424991
Stats at a GlanceVERMONTLIP
FG Percentage.361 (22-61) .576 (34-59)
3P FG Percentage.214 (6-28) .471 (8-17)
FT Percentage.842 (16-19) .882 (15-17)
Offensive Rebounds108
Defensive Rebounds1831
Total Rebounds2839
Turnovers1111
Steals46
Bench Points627
LeadersVERMONTLIP
PointsSmith - 21
Lamb - 21
MATHEWS - 22
ReboundsLamb - 7
MATHEWS - 9
AssistsLamb - 4
MORAN - 4
COOPER - 4
StealsLamb - 2
COOPER - 3
BlocksLamb - 3
BUCKLAND - 2
Vermont presents tough test for men's hoops on Friday
Thursday, December 20, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Vermont presents tough test for men's hoops on Friday

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team wraps up its 2018 home slate on Friday when the Bisons welcome to town one of the top mid-major programs in the country in Vermont. The teams will tip-off at 7:15 p.m. in Allen Arena.

The meeting will be the first-ever between the teams. 

The game will air on the ESPN+ will father-son duo, Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court. Live stats will be available HERE.

Tickets are available at http://www.LipscombTickets.com

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • Lipscomb hosted D-III Covenant on Monday and came away with a 119-48 victory.
  • It was the third-most points the Bisons have scored in their NCAA era.
  • Garrison Mathews led all scorers with 22 points, followed by a career-high 21 from John Matt Merritt.
  • Rob Marberry (14), Jake Wolfe (10), Alex Jones (10) and Andrew Fleming (10) also scored in double figures.
  • Lipscomb shot 60% from the floor, draining 46-of-77 field goal attempts.
  • The Bisons dominated the paint 66-10, outscored Covenant’s bench 69-26 and scored 35 points off of 23 forced turnovers.
  • Led by Kenny Cooper’s seven assists, the Bisons racked up 30 helpers – the second most in a game in the DI era.

 

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS

  • Vermont entered the year as the preseason favorite in the America East Conference after winning the league a season ago over NCAA Tournament darling UMBC. The Catamounts lost on a last-second 3-pointer from the Retrievers in the AE Championship Game, keeping them from a NCAA bid.
  • The Catamounts come to Nashville 9-3 on the year, riding a 6-game win streak. They are ranked 23rd in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll.
  • Vermont got 42 points from Anthony Lamb earlier in the week to defeat St. Bonaventure 83-76 in two overtimes. It was the most points in a game from a UVM player since 2004 and the 7th-best scoring mark in Division I this season. He is 30 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
  • Lamb ranks 23rd nationally pouring in 22.1 points each time out. He is top-20 in the country in blocked shots (26), field goal attempts (194), field goal makes (94) and total points (265). He is the team’s top board getter behind 7.1 per game.
  • Ernie Duncan (15.3) and Stef Smith (13.3) are the only other Catamounts averaging double figures. Duncan is shooting 42.4% from deep, the second-best mark in the conference. He is 25-of-59.
  • The Catamounts are one of the best teams in the nation at winning on the road. Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season they have a Division I-leading 27 victories away from home. They went 12-5 last season and are 4-2 on the road this season.

 

HERD NOTES

  • Lipscomb came in 35th in the latest NCAA NET Rankings. Liberty (48) is the next highest ASUN squad.
  • The Bisons rank 11th in both the SB Nation Mid-Major Madness and CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 polls.
  • Garrison Mathews sits with 1,920 career points, which ranks 12th in the ASUN history books. He sits just 52 points behind Jacksonville’s Ben Smith for 11th place.
  • Mathews is averaging 17.5 PPG this year (3rd in the ASUN). His teammates, Rob Marberry and Nathan Moran, have each surpassed 1,000 career points at Lipscomb
  • The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 87.0 PPG, which ranks 11th nationally. Lipscomb also ranked first in scoring offense the last two years in the league at 82.1 (2018) and 85.0 (2017).
  • Lipscomb also leads the conference in free throw percentage (76.7%), assists per game (18.6) and steals per contest (8.5).
  • With a 5-1 record at Allen Arena, the Bisons are averaging 98.4 PPG on their home court, which includes two 100+ point scoring outputs on Dec. 9th against Navy and Dec. 17th against Covenant.
  • Kenny Cooper is the only player in the ASUN averaging at least 10.0 PPG, 3.5 APG and 2.0 SPG. The junior guard is producing 10.6 PPG, 3.7 APG and 2.3 SPG.
  • He ranks in the top-two in the ASUN for both assists and steals
  • 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. Since the 2016-17 season, the Bisons own a combined 48-24 mark.
  • Senior guard Nathan Moran (241) needs two more three-pointers to move past his assistant coach Steve Drabyn (242) on the ASUN career leaders list for three-pointers made.
  • Senior forward, Eli Pepper is the ASUN’s active leader in rebounds with 818. He ranks 13th in the ASUN record books for the feat. He is pulling down 6.5 RPG this season
  • Mathews (45) and Marberry (16) own the most career 20-point games in the ASUN. NJIT’s Abdul Lews is third with 11.

 

UP NEXT

Lipscomb hits the road for its final nonconference contest of the season when the Bisons travel to take on the Clemson Tigers on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. (CT).