|February 16, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||KSU|
|FG Percentage||.473 (26-55)||.365 (23-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.304 (7-23)||.333 (4-12)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (24-32)||.850 (17-20)|
MATHEWS - 1
LOCKLEY - 1
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team will look to get back on track this weekend when the Bisons travel to Georgia to take on Kennesaw State in a 3:30 pm (CT) ASUN Conference contest Saturday at the KSU Convocation Center.
The Bisons enter the showdown 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the ASUN after dropping a 74-66 decision at home to Liberty on Wednesday. The defeat places Lipscomb and Liberty tied atop the league standings.
Saturday’s meeting will be the 28th contest all-time between the two schools with the Bisons owning a 20-7 advantage in the series after having won 15 of the last 17 against the Owls. They have won the last five matchups against Kennesaw State by an average of 14.8 points.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
- Kennesaw State enters the weekend 5-21 overall and 2-9 in the ASUN after falling 80-57 at North Florida on Wednesday. Its two league wins came against UNF (Jan. 30) and NJIT (Feb. 9) – both at home.
- Despite snapping his six-game streak of 15 or more points in KSU's last game, Tyler Hooker hit double-figures for the 25th game in a row. He is currently ranked second in the league averaging 18.8 points per game and is the only player in the ASUN to log over 475 points on the year (490).
- As a team, KSU ranks fourth in the conference for blocks per game, averaging 3.2 per game. The Owls have recorded three or more blocks in seven straight games, including a season-high nine at Jacksonville.
- The Owls remain one of the top-rebounding teams in the conference, averaging 36.7 boards per game to rank third. Three Owls rank among the league’s top-20 for rebounds per game, led by Bryson Lockley in sixth averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.
- Hooker’s 132 made free throws are tops in the ASUN and 25th in the country. His 429 field goal attempts rank 16th .
AROUND THE HERD
- Entering Saturday, the Bisons sit 37th in the latest releasing of the NCAA NET rankings. They are the sixth-highest mid-major in the country (Gonzaga, Nevada, Buffalo, Wofford, Utah State).
- Lipscomb climbed to 5thin SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness Top 25 and 7th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.
- com places Lipscomb 40th in its Pomeroy Ratings, however, its adjusted tempo is 10th in the nation - averaging 73.8 possessions per 40 minutes played. The ratings also puts its defense 21st nationally in adjusted efficiency.
- Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has compiled a 32-7 record. The Bisons are 16-1 on the road over that stretch.
- The Bisons have won their last 19 of their last 20 games against conference foes. They had the second-longest winning streak in the country prior to Wednesday’s loss.
- Lipscomb's 16.1 scoring margin is the 6th-best mark in the nation. It also ranks among the top 10 in assists per game (17.7 – 7th), scoring offense (85.0 – 8th), and total assists (442 – 9th).
- Garrison Mathews is the ASUN’s top scorer at 19.8 points per game overall and 21.9 in league play. He enters the matchup two 3-pointers shy of passing the all-time mark in the conference of 316.
- Mathews is tied for 5th in the country having hit a 3-pointer in 36 consecutive games.
- In his last trip to KSU, Mathews set the program’s NCAA era scoring record with 43 points. In seven career games against the Owls, he has averaged 20.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.8 APG with 17 threes, a 38-of-51 mark at the free throw line and a 43 percent shooting clip.
- The nation’s leader is Mack Smith of Eastern Illinois with 42.
- Rob Marberry led the team with 22 points against the Flames. It was his sixth game this season with at least 20 points, and his first since netting 23 at NJIT on Jan. 16. He is second on the squad averaging 14.8 PPG.
- Eli Pepper is the ASUN’s second-leading rebounder in conference games at 8.7. He is fourth overall at 7.4.
- Kenny Cooper ranks second in the conference for both assists (97) and steals (46).
Lipscomb makes its first trip back to Fort Myers, Florida this weekend after winning the ASUN Tournament there a season ago. The Bisons and Eagles square off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Alico Arena.