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February 02, 20191st2ndFinal
North Alabama364480
Stats at a GlanceUNALIP
FG Percentage.492 (31-63) .625 (35-56)
3P FG Percentage.294 (5-17) .440 (11-25)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .700 (21-30)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds1523
Total Rebounds2532
Bench Points2252
PointsSTAFFORD - 18
ReboundsSTAFFORD - 6
AssistsBLACKMON - 3
StealsAGNEW - 3
BlocksAGNEW - 1
Men's Hoops hosts North Alabama as part of Star Wars Day/Adoption Rally
Friday, February 1, 2019
By Kirk Downs
Men's Hoops hosts North Alabama as part of Star Wars Day/Adoption Rally

NASHVILLE – After spending the last two games on the road, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team returns home on Saturday to host ASUN Conference foe North Alabama at the friendly confines of Allen Arena for the 8th-Annual Star Wars Day and the Annual Adoption Rally at 4 p.m.

The matchup will feature free Star Wars themed t-shirts and the 501st Legion Midsouth Garrison will be on hand wearing various Star Wars costumes to take photos with fans.

Lipscomb enters the contest 17-4 overall and 8-0 in the ASUN.

The contest will air live on ESPN+ with Jonathan and Justin Seamon calling the action from the Music City. Fans can catch the live stats HERE.

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  • The first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive a free Star Wars T-shirt courtesy of Lipscomb Athletics.
  • Fans can get photos with the 501st Legion Midsouth Garrison, who will be dressed up in various Star Wars characters. They will be around the arena from 3-6 p.m.
  • 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.


  • UNA brings to Nashville an 8-15 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the ASUN with wins over FGCU, NJIT, Jacksonville, Stetson and Kennesaw State.
  • Despite having only one loss at home, the Lions are just 1-14 on the road.
  • Guard Kendarius Smith recorded his second 20-point game of the season last time out with 21 against NJIT and is now averaging 19.5 PPG over his last two games heading into Saturday’s matchup.
  • Christian Agnew has been a consistent scoring threat for the Lions over the past three games. He has been in double figures each time and is coming off an 18-point performance at NJIT
  • North Alabama leads the ASUN in steals per game during conference play with 8.0. They have recorded eight or more steals in six of eight league games. Smith leads the team individually with 2.0 SPG.
  • Jamari Blackmon’s 15.3 PPG continues to lead the team offensively. His 353 total points rank him fourth in the ASUN, while his 51 made triples rank him fifth coming into Saturday.
  • The Lions have played some tightly contested matchups during league play. In each of their five wins, the winning margin has been six points or fewer. North Alabama holds a 5-4 record overall in games decided by six points or less.
  • With 10.4 offensive rebounds per game, North Alabama ranks in the top half of the ASUN in that category. Freshman forward Emanuel Littles has pulled down 58 offensive boards by himself, which ranks him third individually in the ASUN.
  • Opponents are shooting only 32.1 percent from behind the arc against North Alabama. That puts the Lions defense in third place in the league. They will have a tough matchup against one of the top shooting teams in the ASUN in Lipscomb on Saturday. 



  • Entering Saturday, the Bisons sit 36th in the latest releasing of the NCAA NET Rankings. They are the second-best team in the state of Tennessee, only trailing the University of Tennessee who is fifth.
  • Lipscomb is still receiving a lot of love from the mid-major polls across the country. They are 6thin SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness Top 25 and 8th in the Mid-Major Poll.
  • com places Lipscomb 36thin its Pomeroy Ratings, however, its adjusted tempo is 11th in the nation - averaging 74.6 possessions per 40 minutes played. 
  • Dating back to last season since the Jan. 18 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb has compiled a 30-6 record. They are 14-3 on the road in that. No other team in the ASUN has more than 27 wins in that same span.
  • Lipscomb holds the all-time series lead against North Alabama, 25-20, with the last meeting occurring in 1981 with a Lipscomb win 93-89. The two teams first squared off in the 1936-37 season with the Bisons coming away with a 33-31 victory.
  • Garrison Mathews earned his 11th career ASUN Player of the Week on Monday; the most in conference history. He leads the ASUN during league play for scoring at 23.6 PPG and three’s made per game at 3.7.
  • Mathews sits with 2,126 career points good for sixth-best in league history. He needs only three points vs. North Alabama to pass current NBA player Torrey Craig for fifth all-time. He can move into fourth place with 28 points passing Jonathan Rodriquez (2006-10).
  • Lipscomb sits a 9-1 in Allen Arena this season, making them one of three ASUN teams with at least nine home victories. The Bisons are averaging an astounding 93.4 PPG at home and making 52 percent of their field goals as well a 39.3 percent from deep.
  • The Bisons have won their last 16 games against conference foes including three en route to last year’s ASUN Championship crown. It’s the 2nd-longest streak in the nation, only behind Gonzaga’s 21. Only two of those 15 games have been decided by three points or less.
  • Lipscomb is outscoring ASUN teams this year, 83.1 to 65.6.
  • With one rebound against UNA, Eli Pepper will become the 10th player in league history to secure 900 career rebounds. Averaging 8.9 RPG in league play, Pepper is on pace to finish his career with 1,000 career boards; only three others in ASUN history have achieved that feat.
  • Lipscomb is off to a program record start in league play at 8-0 for the first time. FGCU is the last team to start at least 8-0 as the Eagles posted 11-straight wins to begin league play.
  • In league play, Rob Marberry has been a force in the post scoring and also distributing. The senior forward is averaging 15.3 PPG on 63 percent shooting, while also dishing out 2.6 APG including five against Liberty on Tuesday. Marberry holds the best assist to turnover ratio in league play at 2.6.


Lipscomb returns to the Sunshine State on Wednesday to face the North Florida Oppreys at 6 p.m.