|January 21, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.364 (20-55)||.475 (29-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.167 (2-12)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.682 (15-22)||.741 (20-27)|
LOCKLEY - 2
MBUYAMBA - 2
MARBERRY - 4
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball will be to celebrate Martin Luther King Day on with a victory when the Bisons welcome Kennesaw State to Allen Arena for an ASUN Conference battle at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
As a thank you from Lipscomb Athletics, all civil servants, teachers and first responders will receive free admission at the door.
The meeting will be the 27th contest all-time between the two schools with the Bisons owning a 19-7 advantage in the series after having won 14 of the last 16 against the Owls. They have won the last four matchups against Kennesaw State by an average of 11.3 points.
At 13-4 on the season, Lipscomb is off to its best start since 1999-00 when they started 14-1. A win on Monday would push the Bisons to 5-0 in league play and match Liberty for the best record in the ASUN.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
- After losing six in a row, Kennesaw State will bring with it a 3-16 overall record and and 0-4 mark in the ASUN after falling 72-59 to Florida Gulf Coast at home on Saturday.
- The Owls’ last victory came on December 20 versus Division II Southeastern. The team’s only D-I win was on December 15 versus Tennessee Tech, 73-68.
- For Kennesaw State, it all beings and ends with Tyler Hooker. Averaging 18.6 PPG, he is the ASUN’s second-leading scorer and the only Owl putting up double figures each time out. In league play, his average rises to 19.0 PPG after a 13-point outing on Saturday. He has three of the ASUN’s top five scoring outputs this season.
- The redshirt junior Hooker leads the team in minutes per game (35.4), 3-pointers made (29), assists (47) and steals (30), while ranking second in the ASUN in free throws (92-109).
- With 11.7 offensive rebounds per game, the Owls rank second in the conference. They have pulled down 39 total in their first four league games for an average of 9.8. KSU has pulled down 10 or more offensive boards in 12 of 19 games this season.
- In ASUN play, Kennesaw State entered Saturday's game third in the league in rebounding, hauling in 34.0 per game. Through his first three ASUN contests, Isaac Mbuyamba hauled in 7.3 RPG, which ranked seventh in the conference.
- Dishing the rock has been a key for the Owls in their three wins this season. In those victories, they average 17.3 APG, compared to just 10.8 on the season. They have recorded double-digit assists in nine of their last 11 contests.
- The Owls have been getting to the line in conference play. The rank second in the ASUN in free-throws made per game with a mark of 14.8. In their last two games against FGCU and LIberty, the Owls went 35-43 from the free-throw line.
- Bryson Lockley has posted three double-doubles, including one in the conference opener at NJIT of 11 points and 14 rebounds. The forward has increased his PPG from 3.7 to 6.6, while his RPG have gone up from 3.4 to a team-high 7.2 this season.
- The Owls are being outscored 75.4 – 60.8 on the offensive end this season, including a 74.0 – 55.5 mark in ASUN games. Opponents are shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from deep against them.
- Entering Monday, the Bisons sit 42ndin the latest releasing of the NCAA NET Rankings. Liberty ranks 45th and NJIT comes in at 162nd to round out the ASUN’s top three.
- According to the NET Rankings, the Bisons are the second-best team in the state of Tennessee, only trailing the University of Tennessee who is third.
- Lipscomb is still receiving a lot of love from the mid-major polls across the country. SB Nation has the Bisons ranked 10thin the Mid-Major Madness Top 25 and CollegeInsider.com has them ranked 11th.
- KPI Sports has the Bisons rated 48th in its Division I ratings.
- com places Lipscomb 49th in its Pomeroy Ratings, however, its adjusted tempo is 12th in the nation - averaging 74.5 possessions per 40 minutes played.
AROUND THE HERD
- Dating back to last season since the Jan. 18 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb has compiled a 25-6 record. They are 14-2 at home in that span with losses to NJIT and Belmont.
- Lipscomb sits 4-0 in league play for the first time since the 2014-15 season when the Bisons opened with an identical mark. Lipscomb can start 5-0 for the first time in program history with a win on Monday.
- The Bisons are 7-1 at home this season and are outscoring their opponents 94.9 to 68.9 in those contests. They have scored at least 81 points in all eight contests and have eclipsed 90 in four of the last five.
- Head coach Casey Alexander is closing in on 100 wins as leader of the Bisons program. He enters Monday with 97 victories in the purple and gold.
- With a scoring average of 84.6 PPG, Lipscomb leads all ASUN teams on the offensive side this season and ranks 16th nationally. It’s +15.5 scoring margin is 15thin Division I and 17.4 assists per game rank 18th.
- Garrison Mathews poured in a career-high 43 points in Lipscomb's 86-71 win against Kennesaw State on January 6th of last year. He sits as one of two active ASUN players with a 40-point game.
- In six career games against Kennesaw State, Mathews has averaged 20.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 2.8 APG with 16 threes, a 28-of-38 mark at the free throw line and a 41 percent shooting clip.
- Senior Rob Marberry has scored in double figures in 32 straight games dating back to last season after a team-high 23-point effort on the road at NJIT on Wednesday. He is fourth overall in the ASUN in scoring at 16.8 PPG and second in league play at 19.3. His 63.0 field goal percentage is tops in the ASUN and 19thin the country.
- Mathews (18.7) and Marberry (17.8) are the ASUN’s second and third-leading scorers in conference action. The duo has been efficient and buried 49 of their 85 field goal attempts for a combined 58 percent shooting percentage.
- Pepper leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 per game, but against ASUN foes that number jumps to 9.3 RPG, which is third among all conference players.
- Pepper is on pace to become the 10th in league history to reach 900 for their career.
- In his last meeting with the Owls on February 23, 2017, senior Nate Moran exploded with a team-high 24 points and six assists after burying 8-of-12 shots from 3-point land. Lipscomb drilled 14 threes in that 85-74 win.
- Over the past week, three Lipscomb Division I career records have fallen with Garrison Mathews (Points, Three's Made) setting two and Eli Pepper breaking the career rebound mark. They both rank in the top-11 in the ASUN record books for each career category.
- Mathews sits with 2,017 career points and can pass two former ASUN legends in the coming week as he trails ETSU's Courtney Epigram (2,043) and Kennesaw State's Markeith Cummings (2,048).
- Pepper needs 31 rebounds to move into 10th all-time passing Georgia Southern's Jeff Sanders.
- Ahsan Asadullah has secured a team-leading 7.8 points per game off the bench. He has notched 10-plus points in five games this season, Lipscomb is 5-0 in those games. His 4.8 rebounds per game is the second-best number in the ASUN among all freshmen.
Lipscomb closes out its homestand on Thursday when the Bisons welcome the reigning ASUN regular season champs FGCU. The Bisons and Eagles will tip things up at 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena on ESPN+.