|January 24, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.475 (28-59)||.446 (29-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.444 (12-27)||.448 (13-29)|
|FT Percentage||.650 (13-20)||.783 (18-23)|
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team wraps up its homestand on Thursday welcoming 2-time defending ASUN Conference regular season champion FGCU to Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m. for a rematch of last season’s ASUN Championship game.
The contest marks the 23rd meeting all-time between the two school. The Bisons own a 13-9 advantage in the series after taking 2-of-3 from the Eagles last season.
Lipscomb last met the FGCU on March 4 in the conference title game when the Bisons stampeded into Fort Myers, Florida and knocked off the Eagles, 108-96, to win the program’s first-ever ASUN Championship and secure an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
At 14-4 on the season, Lipscomb is off to its best start since 1999-00 when they started 14-1. A win on Thursday would push the Bisons to 6-0 in league play and keep them at the top of the league standings alongside Liberty.
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- The first 500 fans through the doors will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of the Lipscomb Campus Bookstore.
- Also, the free admission promotion to all civil servants has been extended for the duration of the government shutdown. A government I.D. must be shown at the box office to get free admission for you and your family.
- After the departure of head coach Joe Dooley in the offseason, the Eagles have struggled in year one under new head man Michael Fly. They come to town 7-13 overall and 2-3 in the ASUN after earning wins over Kennesaw State (72-59) and Stetson (87-65) in their last two outings.
- FGCU is being outscored on average 76.6 to 71.7 on the year, but it has held three of its last four opponents to 65 points or fewer.
- Schadrac Casimir earned ASUN Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 27.5 points on 58 percent shooting with 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG and 11 made threes in the wins over the Owls and Hatters. He leads the team with a 13.3 points per game average on the year.
- RaySean Scott Jr. is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.3 per game, to go along with 8.7 points.
- The Eagles are the second-best 3-point shooting team in the ASUN at 35.8 percent. On the other side of the ball, their 8.4 steals per game in conference play is tops in the league.
- Their 33.3 rebounds per game and 65.6 free throw percentage are both last in the ASUN.
- Entering Thursday, the Bisons sit 46th in the latest releasing of the NCAA NET Rankings. Liberty ranks 50thand NJIT comes in at 161st 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 fourth.
- Lipscomb is still receiving a lot of love from the mid-major polls across the country. Both SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness Top 25 and the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll has the Bisons ranked 8th in the latest releasing.
- com places Lipscomb 49thin its Pomeroy Ratings, however, its adjusted tempo is 12th in the nation - averaging 74.5 possessions per 40 minutes played.
- KPI Sports has the Bisons rated 54th in its Division I ratings.
AROUND THE HERD
- Dating back to last season since the Jan. 18 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb has compiled a 26-6 record. They are 15-2 at home in that span with losses to NJIT and Belmont.
- The Bisons own the nation’s 3rd-longest winning streak against conference opponents at 13 in a row. The last loss came 81-77 to NJIT on Feb. 3, 2018. The only Division I teams with longer streaks are Gonzaga and Murray State, who have each won 19.
- Lipscomb sits 5-0 in league play for the first time in program history.
- The Bisons are 8-1 at home this season and are outscoring their opponents 93.9 to 67.6 in those contests. They have scored at least 81 points in all eight contests and have eclipsed 85 in five of the last six.
- In his sixth season at Lipscomb, head coach Casey Alexander is closing in on 100 wins as leader of the Bisons program. He enters the game with 98 victories in the purple and gold.
- With a scoring average of 84.7 PPG, Lipscomb leads all ASUN teams on the offensive side this season and ranks 14th nationally. Its +16.2 scoring margin is 11thin Division I and 17.4 assists per game rank 16th.
- Garrison Mathews averaged 23.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and hit 14 long balls in three meetings with the Eagles last season. He poured in 33 points in the ASUN title game, while draining seven treys.
- Mathews leads the team and ranks third in the conference at 18.5 points per game on the year. He heads into Thursday night’s contest having scored 20+ points in six of his last eight games. In one of those other two, he scored 19 (Vermont). Over that stretch, Mathews has averaged 20.5 PPG and 5.9 RPG while shooting 45.5 percent.
- Senior Rob Marberry has scored in double figures in 33 straight games dating back to last season after a 14-point effort against Kennesaw State on Monday. He is fourth overall in the ASUN in scoring at 16.4 PPG and in league play at 17.0.
- Marberry’s 62.1 field goal percentage is second in the ASUN and 19th in the country.
- Mathews (20.3) is the ASUN’s leading scorer in conference action. He and Marberry (4th – 17.0) make Lipscomb the only school with two players in the top-5.
- Pepper leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 per game, but against ASUN foes that number jumps to 10.0 RPG, which is third among all conference players.
- Pepper (878) is on pace to become the 10th in league history to reach 900 for their career.
- Junior point guard Kenny Cooper ranks second in the ASUN with 4.1 assists per game and 39 total steals. In conference play, his assists number jumps to 5.4 after totaling 20 in his last three games. He has recorded at least four helpers in four of five ASUN contests.
- Over the past two weeks, 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 eighth on the ASUN’s all-time scoring list with 2,042 career points and can pass two former ASUN legends against the Eagles. He trails ETSU's Courtney Epigram (2,043) and Kennesaw State's Markeith Cummings (2,048).
- Ahsan Asadullah has secured a team-leading 7.4 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 hits the road for a pair of crucial road contests. The Bisons visit Stetson on Sunday at 3 p.m. and then trek to Liberty at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.