|January 05, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|FG Percentage||.492 (30-61)||.441 (26-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.450 (9-20)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (9-18)||.765 (13-17)|
- 13||Aamahne Santos
- 12||JD Notae
- 5||Tyreese Davis
Aamahne Santos - 4
- 3||Jace Hogan
PEPPER - 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team is set to open ASUN Conference action on Saturday taking on Jacksonville at 5 p.m. at the historic Swisher Gymnasium in Jacksonville, Florida.
The meeting will be the 35th contest all-time between the two schools with the Bisons owning a 19-15 edge over the Dolphins. Lipscomb is 2-2 in their last four visits to Swisher Gym. The last win was a 112-95 win on Jan. 19, 2017.
Lipscomb (9-4) took 2-of-3 from Jacksonville (7-8) a season ago, where after splitting two regular-season matchups, the Bisons disposed of the No. 3 Dolphins 77-62 in the semifinals of the ASUN Tournament in Nashville on March 1, 2018.
The contest will air live on ESPN+.
SCOUTING THE DOLPHINS
- Jacksonville enters the matchup 7-8 on the year after dropping its last three contests.
- The Dolphins are 3-2 at home with victories over Florida Memorial, South Carolina State and Middle Georgia State.
- They lead the ASUN with 5.9 blocks per game and rank third in scoring (76.3), field goal percentage (45.5), free throws made per game (14.1), and assists per game (15.1).
- JD Notae (14.6) and Jace Hogan (14.5) are the only Dolphins averaging double figures. Notae is adding 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while Hogan is chipping in 5.7 boards.
- Sophomore Jalyn Hinton is the team’s leader in rebounds (6.2) and blocks (2.4). He is adding 8.5 points and is shooting a team-best 55.2 percent from the floor.
- The Dolphins are allowing their opponents to score 75.6 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting. They are getting outrebounded 37.9 to 36.8 each time out.
- Lipscomb owns a 9-5 mark in ASUN lid lifters.
- Lipscomb averaged an ASUN-best 85.9 PPG in conference play last season and they return 79.0 PPG of that scoring. Garrison Mathews (21.5) and Rob Marberry (20.1) were the only teammates to average 20.0 or more last season in the league.
- Mathews has scored 43 & 39 points in his last two league road openers for the Bisons. The senior needs 39 points to become the ninth ASUN player in history to reach 2,000 career points.
- Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has won 17 of its last 22 games. In that span they are 7-3 in road games.
- The 9-4 start to the season for the Bisons is the best in the NCAA era for the team topping the previous best of 8-4 set in 2006-07. The mark is the best since 1999-00 when Lipscomb opened the season 16-0 en route to a 34-4 record and an appearance in the NAIA.
- Garrison Mathews enters Saturday’s contest as the third-leading scorer in the ASUN averaging 17.9 points per game.
- Mathews was named the ASUN Player of the Week for the third time this season on Dec. 23 after a pair of 22-point performances against Covenant and Vermont. It was his 9th-career weekly honor, giving him the most all-time in ASUN men’s basketball history.
- Mathews sits with 1,961 career points, which ranks 12th in the ASUN history books. That number places him seventh on Lipscomb’s all-time chart, just 41 points behind Adnan Hodzic’s 2,002 points (2007-11) in sixth.
- With 13 games in the books, the Bisons are ranked 43rd in the latest NET Rankings. The next team in the ASUN is Liberty at 44.
- The Bisons effort on the defensive end of the floor has been a large part of the fast start to the season. Lipscomb ranks in the top-40 nationally in both turnovers forced (24th – 17.38) and defensive rebounds per game (36th – 28.54). Lipscomb is holding opponents to 70.2 ppg the lowest since 2007-08 when opponents were also held to 70.2 ppg.
- Eli Pepper averaged 11.0 RPG last season in the series against Jacksonville. His 15 boards in the 82-59 home victory matched his season-high for the entire 2017-18 season. Pepper averages 6.3 RPG this season to lead Lipscomb.
- Kenny Cooper (3.6 APG) and Michael Buckland (3.0) combined for 6.6 APG during conference play last season. This year the duo is dishing out 6.1 APG coming into league play this weekend.
- Lipscomb doubled its rebounding margin once it entered into league play last season. They went from +3.2 to +6.4 in that category to rank second in the ASUN. This season, the Bisons once again rank second in the league at +2.3 rebounds per game.
- Rob Marberry is shooting 61.2 percent from the floor entering league play. Last season, he shot 61.2 and the year before that 61.1 percent from the field.
- Senior guard Nathan Moran makes his return to ASUN play after missing last season due to injury. In 2016-17, Moran led the league with 41 made threes and averaged 11.7 PPG vs. ASUN foes.
- Pepper is 13 rebounds shy of passing Hodzic (840) for the most in the program’s NCAA era. He is one of five players (Hodzic, Brandon Brown, Josh Slater, Malcolm Smith, Garrison Mathews) in school history to have reached the plateau in the NCAA era.
- The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 85.8 PPG, which ranks 13th 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 (76.8%), assists per game (17.8), steals per contest (8.4), field goal percentage defense (40.9%), turnover margin (4.2) and defensive rebounds per game (28.54).
- 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 52-27 mark.
- Lipscomb was picked as the preseason favorite in the 2018-19 ASUN Conference race by a vote of the league’s skippers and the league’s media members.
- Mathews and Rob Marberry were both selections to the preseason All-ASUN team.
Lipscomb returns home for four of the next five games. The stretch begins with North Florida on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.