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February 25, 20191st2ndFinal
NJIT284977
Lipscomb394281
Stats at a GlanceNJITLIP
FG Percentage.529 (27-51) .458 (27-59)
3P FG Percentage.412 (7-17) .533 (16-30)
FT Percentage.800 (16-20) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds35
Defensive Rebounds2923
Total Rebounds3228
Turnovers105
Steals24
Bench Points1325
LeadersNJITLIP
PointsGIBBS - 19
MATHEWS - 32
ReboundsLEWIS - 11
PEPPER - 8
AssistsWILSON - 3
COOPER - 5
StealsWILSON - 1
COOKS - 1
BUCKLAND - 2
BlocksCOOKS - 1
MARBERRY - 1
ASADULLAH - 1
Bisons welcome NJIT on senior night
Sunday, February 24, 2019
By Kirk Downs
Bisons welcome NJIT on senior night

NASHVILLE – With ASUN standings and tournament seeding on the line, Lipscomb and NJIT meet Monday with a lot to play for in the home finale at Allen Arena.

Tip against the Highlanders is set for 6:30 p.m. with the game shown on ESPN+. Jonathan and Justin Seamon will handle the broadcast with Kailey Schuyler on the sideline.

Lipscomb holds a 6-2 lead in the all-time series against NJIT, including a 2-2 mark against the Highlanders in Nashville.  The Bisons dropped an 81-77 decision in Allen Arena last season.

It’s also Senior Night for the Bisons as Garrison Mathews, Eli Pepper, Rob Marberry, Nate Moran and Matt Rose will be recognized pregame.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Lipscomb went on the road and dropped a 67-61 decision at Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Garrison Mathews had a game-high 16 points, while Kenny Cooper chipped in 13 and Andrew Fleming added 10.

NJIT won its 20th game of the season with a 77-73 road victory at Jacksonville on Saturday. Zach Cooks recorded his first-career double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

 

SCOUTING NJIT

  • The Highlanders come to Nashville at 20-9 overall and sitting third in the ASUN at 8-6.
  • NJIT boasts the league’s second-best scoring defense, only allowing 67.0 points each time out. They are also second in defensive rebounds per game at 26.9.
  • Cooks drives the offense for NJIT behind a 17.6 PPG clip, third in the ASUN. He also leads the team in steals (2.6), assists (2.3), free throws made (4.4), three-pointers made (2.1), and field goals made per game (6.0).
  • Cooks is eighth in the country with 75 steals and 11th in steals per game (2.59).
  • Abdul Lewis leads the team and ranks second in the conference pulling down 9.2 boards per game. In ASUN play, he leads the league at 9.4 RPG and 132 total boards. Lewis is also one of three Highlanders scoring double figures at 12.7 PPG.
  • Diandre Wilson is averaging 10.9 PPG and is the team’s 2nd-best deep threat at 1.4 per game.

 

HERD NOTES

  • At 21-6, Lipscomb has posted its third-straight 20-win season for the first time in the program's Division I history. The Bisons last accomplished the feat in the 2000-01 season as they strung together 18-straight 20+ win seasons starting in the 1983-84 season.
  • Despite Wednesday's loss on the road at FGCU, Lipscomb has already clinched a home game in the ASUN Championship Quarterfinals. The Bisons are 45th in the NET rankings, which would be the final tiebreaker for championship seeding if both the Bisons and Liberty win their final conference contests.
  • Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has compiled a 33-8 record. The Bisons are 18-3 at home over that stretch.
  • The Bisons have won their last 19 of their last 21 games against conference foes.
  • Lipscomb's 15.3 scoring margin is the 8th-best mark in the nation. It also ranks among the top 10 in scoring offense (84.1 – 10th), and assists per game (17.3 – 10th).
  • Garrison Mathews scored just 11 points in the first meeting with NJIT in January after shooting 3-of-11.
  • Mathews is the ASUN’s leading scorer at 19.4 PPG. He enters the matchup as the ASUN’s all-time leading 3-point shooter with 320 career makes. He is third in the country having hit a trey in 38-consecutive games.
  • Rob Marberry has scored 20-plus points in six games this season. He is second on the Bisons in scoring at 14.6 PPG.
  • After two 14-rebound efforts in his last four outings, Eli Pepper is the ASUN’s second-leading rebounder in conference games at 9.0. He is fourth overall at 7.7.
  • Pepper enters Saturday's contest with 954 career rebounds, which is most by an active ASUN player. He is fifth all-time in the league record books and can move into the top-four with 17 more.
  • Kenny Cooper ranks second in the conference for both assists (99) and steals (50).

 

UP NEXT

Lipscomb will wrap up the regular season on Friday with its first-ever trip to North Alabama. Tip in Florence is set for 6 p.m.