|January 12, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||STET||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.391 (25-64)||.470 (31-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (15-24)||.833 (25-30)|
RAWLEY - 7
RAWLEY - 5
WEBB - 1
VERK - 1
RAWLEY - 1
PEPPER - 1
BUCKLAND - 1
MARBERRY - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb men’s basketball extended its winning streak Saturday in dominating fashion, rolling to a 95-71 victory over Stetson in ASUN Conference action at Allen Arena.
The story of the game, however, was Garrison Mathews becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer and three-point shooter in its NCAA era behind a 20-point, six-rebound performance against the Hatters.
“Credit to Garrison, he has been a real steady contributor for four years,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “You can’t rack up that many points and those kind of numbers if you’re not good from beginning to end and he has been for sure. I am happy for him and proud of him.”
Just under the 18-minute mark of the first half, Kenny Cooper found Mathews near the left wing and let the senior fire away, draining a 3-pointer to move past Jordan Burgason with 283 career treys.
“I definitely spend a lot of time working on shooting the three,” Mathews said. “I was not a great three-point shooter during high school as I am now. It has been a lot of offseason work.”
Mathews finished the night 3-of-6 from long range and moved into a tie with former USC Upstate great Ty Greene for ninth all-time in ASUN history.
Midway through the second half at the 10:57 mark, the Franklin native once again etched his name into the record book when he drove the lane between three Hatters and finished off the window to give him the scoring record at 2,003 points.
He moved past Adnan Hodzic (2,002) and cemented himself as the No. 1 scorer in the Bisons NCAA history.
“I’m fortunate to be able to play in front of not only my family, but the Lipscomb fans,” Mathews said. “I am blessed to be here in this situation.
“I struggled my freshman year and I didn’t think I would ever be at this point, but I knew I was going to have to work hard. I did and I have had great teammates and coaches that have helped me along the way.”
Fellow senior Rob Marberry led all players with 23 points after dropping 20 in the first half. He reeled in four rebounds, shot 9-of-14 from the floor and knocked down 5-of-6 free throw attempts.
“Rob was really scoring the ball down low,” Alexander said. “He didn’t get a whole lot of easy ones, but it went in time after time. Coaches try to draw it up all the time to get easy baskets, but sometimes it just comes down to a player being able to put it in the hole.
“Rob does that as well as any low post guy there is.”
Freshman Jake Wolfe provided the Bisons with a big day off the bench as he finished with a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds.
“Jake is a guy that is ready every day in practice,” Alexander said. “He impacts practice every day and he’s been getting more and more opportunities and taking advantage of them. He’s got a bright future. I feel good and comfortable with him out there.”
It took the Bisons almost 10 minutes before they were able to shake the Hatters (4-13, 0-2 ASUN). Trailing 19-18 at 11:32, Lipscomb got back-to-back buckets from Marberry that ignited a 29-2 run to help the Bisons go into the half leading 56-30.
The visitors from DeLand, Florida opened the second half with a run that trimmed Lipscomb’s lead to 14, but that would be as close as they would get as the Bisons would quickly push their advantage to 30 on a Nate Moran 3-pointer.
“You can go down the line, everybody can score, everybody can defend, everybody can rebound,” Mathews said. “It’s tough to stop a team like us when it’s not just one or two guys. Anyone on this team can hurt you. That’s what makes us so dangerous.”
- Lipscomb improved to 3-0 in the ASUN for the first time since 2014-15 when it started 4-0.
- Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bisons are 31-8 inside Allen Arena. They are 7-1 at home this season.
- The Bisons shot 47 percent from the field (31 of 66), 83 percent from the free throw line (25-30) and 32 percent from deep (8 of 25).
- Stetson shot 39 percent (25 of 64) overall, 63 percent at the line (15 of 24) and 33 percent from beyond the arc (6 of 18).
- Lipscomb outrebounded the Hatters 48-34 and scored 20 second-chance points.
- The Bisons controlled the paint 42-24.
- Kenny Cooper recorded a season-high 10 assists to go along with six points and five rebounds. It marks the second game of his career with double-figure assists.
- Fresh off back-to-back double-doubles, Eli Pepper scored five points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in only 19 minutes on the court. He was one of six Bisons to record multiple offensive boards.
- Mathews recorded his 48th career game with at least 20 points, while Marberry added his 18th. Those are the top active figures in the ASUN.
- Saturday was the sixth-straight game that Mathews has recorded at least five rebounds. It's the longest such streak since doing so in eight-straight outings last season from Jan. 24-Feb. 17.
- Mathews has hit a 3-pointer in 27 straight games dating back to last season.
- The 25 makes at the charity stripe were the second most of the season for Lipscomb. It knocked down 27 against Tennessee State on Nov. 10.
In a week where they only have one game, the Bisons will make the trek north to the Garden State on Wednesday. They will take on NJIT at 6 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey.