|March 10, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.483 (28-58)||.482 (27-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (7-21)||.333 (6-18)|
|FT Percentage||.917 (11-12)||.727 (8-11)|
Lovell Cabbil - 1
Darius McGhee - 1
BUCKLAND - 1
ASADULLAH - 1
NASHVILLE – A birth in the NCAA Tournament is on the line on Sunday as the No. 1 seed Lipscomb men’s basketball team defends its ASUN Championship crown against the No. 2 seed Liberty at 2 p.m. in Allen Arena.
The game, which marks the Bisons second consecutive appearance in the ASUN title, will be played on ESPN. Anish Shroff and Cory Alexander will be on the call.
Lipscomb (25-6) and Liberty (27-6) split their two regular season meetings, with the Bisons winning 79-59 in Lynchburg, Virginia in late January and the Flames taking a 74-66 win in Nashville three weeks later. Lipscomb leads the series history 3-1.
The teams have been two of the top mid-major squads in the country all season, with NET rankings of 43 for Lipscomb and 63 for Liberty entering the weekend.
Lipscomb advanced to the championship match after knocking out No. 8 Kennesaw State 86-71 and No. 5 NJIT 78-55 during the week.
On Thursday against the Highlanders, senior Garrison Mathews dropped a game-high 22 points after nailing six of his first seven shots in the first half.
- The Flames tied the Bisons in ASUN play with a 14-2 record, but Lipscomb earned the tiebreaker for the top seed.
- This is Liberty’s first season in the ASUN. They were previously in the Big South where they lost in last season’s title game 55-52 to Radford.
- The Flames are bolstered by a pair of First-Team All-ASUN members in juniors Scottie James and Caleb Homesley.
- James leads the team in both scoring (13.0 points) and rebounding (8.8), both top-10 marks in the league.
- Homesley (12.1) and senior Lovell Cabbil (11.5) also average in double-figures for the Flames.
- Liberty leads the ASUN in scoring defense with a stingy 60.5 points allowed per game. They are also tops in free throw percentage (.767) and field goal percentage (.491).
- The Bisons will be competing in their third ASUN Championship game. They are currently 1-1 after last season’s 108-96 victory over FGCU and a 74-69 overtime loss to Belmont in 2006.
- Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has compiled a 37-8 overall record. The Bisons are 21-3 at home over that stretch and 27-2 overall in their last 28 games against conference foes.
- Lipscomb is 14-2 at Allen Arena this season, which sets a NCAA era program record.
- The Bisons produced 16 assists in their win over NJIT on Thursday. Lipscomb owns a 23-2 record when recording 15 or more assists in a game this season. The Bisons lead the league and rank 9thnationally with 17.5 APG this season.
- Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 20.0 PPG. He has posted 18 games of 20 or more points this season, the most in the ASUN. Lipscomb is 16-2 in those outings.
- Mathews moved into 3rdall-time in ASUN history Monday passing Mercer’s James Florence, he enters the semifinal with 2,329 career points. He also ranks 4th in the country having hit a 3-pointer in 42 consecutive games.
- Eli Pepper has controlled the glass on the year for the Bisons, ranking fifth in the ASUN at 7.6 RPG. When he pulls down double-digit boards in a game, the Bisons are 8-0.
- Lipscomb is scoring 83.9 points per game on the season, good enough for 9thin the nation. The Bisons have three players averaging double figures on the year (Mathews, Rob Marberry, and Kenny Cooper).
- Cooper ranks second in the conference for both assists (4.1 per game) and steals (2.0).
- Cooper’s triple-double against KSU was the first for the Bisons since 2011 when Josh Slater posted 12 points, 10 assists and 10 steals. Those are the only two instances of a triple-double in Lipscomb’s NCAA era.
- Rob Marberry went 8-of-9 from the floor in Monday’s win over Kennesaw State. The senior post man and ASUN first teamer ranks 16thin Division I with a 61.6 field goal percentage. 15 times this season he has shot over 60-percent in a game.
- The Purple and Gold have recorded three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time in the NCAA Division I era.