|January 27, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||STET|
|FG Percentage||.466 (27-58)||.343 (23-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.444 (12-27)||.240 (6-25)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (22-30)||.765 (13-17)|
MATHEWS - 7
ANINYE - 2
MATHEWS - 1
ROSE - 1
JONES - 1
WOLFE - 1
MORAN - 1
JONES - 1
DELAND, Fla. – Lipscomb senior guard Garrison Mathews scored 31 points and snatched seven rebounds in leading the shorthanded Bisons to an 88-65 road victory Sunday afternoon over Stetson in ASUN Conference action at the Edmunds Center.
The win not only moved the Bisons to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in the ASUN, but it marked the 100th victory for head coach Casey Alexander at Lipscomb.
“It just means that we’ve had a good six years at a place we love coaching,” Alexander said. “The continuity in the staff has been very important to that and we’ve had a lot of good players and consistency.
“It’s a good place to be.”
Following a late scratch in the lineup, the Bisons found themselves down two starters. It didn’t matter, however, as Mathews caught fire early and Lipscomb led wire to wire. He finished 10-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the stripe.
He opened the game with makes on five of his first six attempts and scored 22 in the first half.
“Gary was great, no doubt about that,” Alexander said. “His output in the first half was critical for being able to get a lead and extend it, but overall, I was extremely pleased in the team effort in that opening half.
“The energy we started the game with was huge. Matt (Rose) hit two threes early that got us going, so with us down a couple of guys, it was important to set the tone early and give ourselves a cushion.”
Rose made his first start of the season and buried four 3-pointers, including a pair in the first three minutes to give the Bisons a 9-1 lead.
With 13 points, Rose has scored in double figures in three of the last four games. Fellow senior Eli Pepper chipped in 12 points and matched Mathews with a team-high seven rebounds.
Nate Moran made his third start of the year for the Bisons at point, and despite not scoring, he contributed with a season high five rebounds and five assists.
“It’s easy for us to overlook veteran guys like Nate and Matt who have played a lot of minutes and important games and have given us a lot of production over the years, coming off the bench,” Alexander said. “We really went out there and didn’t skip a beat. We knew they would step up and give us great minutes.”
After opening with a 16-5 advantage, the Bisons never let up. They built the lead to as many as 17 on three occasions before a late 9-0 run sent them to the locker room up 47-24.
The margin continued to extend early in the second half for Lipscomb after three balls from Mathews and Rose, but it was freshman Alex Jones who finished a fast break with 8:33 remaining to give the visitors from Nashville their largest lead of the contest, 74-43.
Lipscomb shot 47 percent in the win, swished 12 of its 27 three-point attempts and knocked down 22 of 30 free throws.
Their defense limited the Hatters to just 34 percent shooting, the second-best mark of the season for the Bisons. Stetson hit 6-of-25 from deep and 13-of-17 from the line.
Abayomi Iyiola recorded a double-double for the Hatters with 12 points and 10 rebounds, his fifth of the season. Christiaan Jones (10) was the only other Hatter in double figures.
The win was the seventh in a row for Lipscomb in the series, and the fourth-straight in DeLand.
- The Bisons extended their win streak against ASUN foes to 15 games. It’s the second-best mark in the country behind Gonzaga’s 20.
- Mathews scored 31 points for the second-straight outing. It was his 9th-career 30-point game, and the second time in his career he has recorded 30-plus in back-to-back contests.
- Mathews now has 2,104 career points and remains sixth on both Lipscomb’s and the ASUN’s all-time scoring lists. He trails Kenyatta Perry by 14 points for fifth place in school history and USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig by 24 points for fifth all-time in the ASUN.
- With his five makes behind the arc, Mathews did pass Craig on the ASUN’s career 3-point chart with 298. Campbell’s Adam Fellers (1998-02) tops that list with 316.
- Pepper is nine rebounds shy of reaching 900 for his career. With three on Tuesday, he will pass Georgia Southern’s Jeff Sanders and move into 10th in the ASUN record books.
- The Bisons got outrebounded (41-40) for the first time in seven games and the first time in league play.
- Lipscomb recorded 18 assists to only 11 turnovers. It’s the 15th time this season they have totaled at least 15 helpers in a game.
- Andrew Fleming scored nine points, while Ahsan Asadullah and Jake Wolfe each added eight.
The much-anticipated meeting between Lipscomb and Liberty is now on deck. The unbeaten ASUN powers collide Tuesday in Lynchburg, Virginia at 6 p.m. at the Vines Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.