|December 30, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||CU|
|FG Percentage||.412 (21-51)||.453 (29-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (5-16)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (20-28)||.792 (19-24)|
SIMMS - 8
COOPER - 2
COOPER - 1
CLEMSON, S.C. – After getting a few days off for Christmas, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team is ready to get back on the court and close out the calendar year on a high note when it takes on the Clemson Tigers at 2 p.m. (CT) Sunday in Clemson, South Carolina.
The meeting at Littlejohn Coliseum will be the first-ever between the two programs.
LAST TIME OUT
- Lipscomb hosted mid-major power Vermont on Dec. 21 and trounced the Catamounts 91-66.
- Seniors Garrison Mathews (22) and Rob Marberry (21) combined for 43 points to move the Bisons to 9-3 on the year.
- Mathews hit six of the team’s eight threes and grabbed a season high nine rebounds.
- Marberry dominated the second half and connected on 10-of-13 field goal attempts to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
- Lipscomb outshot Vermont 58% to 36% from the floor and drained 15-of-17 from the line.
- The Bisons controlled the boards 39-28, the paint 50-26 and outscored the Catamounts 27-6 from the bench.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- Clemson returns four starters from a lineup that took the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, where they lost 80-76 to No. 1 Kansas.
- The Tigers enter Sunday’s matchup 9-3 overall and riding a 3-game win streak that includs a 10-point win on the road at South Carolina (78-68) last week. They are 6-1 at home – the only loss a 68-66 defeat to Nebraska on Nov. 26.
- Leading team in 2018-19 is Marcquise Reed with a 19.4 scoring clip and 16 steals. He is also pulling down 5.1 rebounds each time out.
- Shelton Mitchell (14.2 ppg) is one of Clemson’s deep ball threats with 17 makes on the year.
- Elijah Thomas is producing 13.7 points and a team-high 7.6 boards per contest. He has four double-doubles and ranks fourth in the nation with a 70.6 field goal percentage.
- Amir Simms is the fourth Tiger to average double figures at 10.7 ppg.
- The Tigers are scoring 74.6 points per game and holding their foes to 65.8 points. They are also outrebounding the opponents 35.2 to 29.3.
- Lipscomb climbed to 32nd in the latest NCAA NET Rankings. Liberty (64) is the next highest ASUN squad.
- The Bisons came in ranked ninth in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll, and remained 11th in the SB Nation Mid-Major Madness poll.
- Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has won 17 of its last 21 games. In that span they are 7-2 in road games.
- Garrison Mathews sits with 1,942 career points, which ranks 12th in the ASUN history books. That number places him ninth on Lipscomb’s all-time chart, just 13 points behind Anthony Jones (1983-87) in eighth.
- Mathews is averaging 17.8 PPG this year (3rdin the ASUN). His teammates, Rob Marberry and Nathan Moran, have each surpassed 1,000 career points, making the Bisons only one of two teams in the nation to have three such players on their roster.
- The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 87.3 PPG, which ranks 10th 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 (77.4%), assists per game (18.7), steals per contest (8.3), field goal percentage defense (40.5%), assist-turnover ratio (1.49) and defensive rebounds per game (28.58).
- 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 10.8 PPG, 3.8 APG and 2.3 SPG.
- He ranks in the top-four in the ASUN for both assists (45) and steals (28).
- 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 52-26 mark.
- Senior guard Nathan Moran (242) needs one more three-pointer to move past his assistant coach Steve Drabyn and into 18th on the ASUN career leaders list for three-pointers made.
- Senior forward, Eli Pepper is the ASUN’s active leader in rebounds with 820. He ranks 13th in the ASUN record books for the feat – five behind North Florida’s Chris Davenport (825). He is pulling down 6.2 RPG this season
- Mathews (46) and Marberry (17) own the most career 20-point games in the ASUN. NJIT’s Abdul Lewis is third with 11.
- Mathews earned his record-setting ninth ASUN Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor on Sunday after producing a pair of 22-point performances. It moved him past Centenary’s Willie Jackson for the most all-time ASUN Player of the Week selections.
Lipscomb hits the road for its first ASUN Conference contest of the season when the Bisons take on the Jacksonville Dolphins Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. (CT).