LakePoint, Ga. - In Saturday's ASUN Conference Men's Basketball action, Jacksonville and FGCU maintain their perfect league records with home wins, while Stetson and North Florida also protected home court to move to 2-1 in league play.
Jacksonville is off to its best start in ASUN Conference play since the 2010-11 season as the Dolphins are 3-0 after defeating Lipscomb at home 87-69. JD Notae scored a team-high 21 points, and had plenty of help from his teammates as the Dolphins placed four players in double figures. Devin Harris controlled the tempo all night long and finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Lipscomb was again led by Garrison Mathews, who after scoring only three points in the first half, finished with 23 points to extend his streak of 20-point contests. The Dolphins were dominant in the opening 20 minutes as they shot 65.5 percent from the floor and opened a 47-27 lead. Lipscomb tried to mount a comeback in the second half, but never got closer than 10 points.
FGCU took down NJIT 68-54 as the Eagles improved to 3-0 in league play and are tied at the top with the Dolphins. FGCU was led by the dynamic backcourt duo of Brandon Goodwin and Zach Johnson who combined for 40 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. Goodwin was on fire in the opening half as poured in 16 of his game-high 21 points in the first period. FGCU's frontline also contributed in the second half as the Eagles ended the game with a 38-26 advantage in the paint. Abdul Lewis returned for the Highlanders after missing two games, and finished with eight point. Zach Cooks had a team-high 12 points for NJIT. FGCU's defense continued to show why it's the top-ranked in the league, holding NJIT to 37.0 percent from the floor, only 29.0 in the second half.
At UNF Arena, North Florida was in a battle all night long with Kennesaw State as the Ospreys pulled away late to win 85-78. Balanced scoring was the key to North Florida's offense as all five starters scored in double figures. Trip Day went 7-9 from the field and finished with a team-high 18 points. Noah Horchler controlled the boards as he had a team-high 13 and added 15 points. Garrett Sams made three trifectas and had 15 total points as he continues to round into form. Kennesaw State kept the game close all the way, thanks in large part to Nick Masterson who had a breakout game for the Owls. The three-point sharshooter showed his full arsenal from behind the arc as he scored 24 points and was 5-9 from behind the arc. James Scott and Kosta Jankovic added 15 a piece, but the Owls drop to 0-3 in ASUN play.
Stetson collected a convincing 87-69 win at home against USC Upstate to open Saturday's conference action. B.J. Glasford led five Hatters in double figures with 18 points. Divine Myles and Angel Rivera added 11 points each, while the duo combined for 14 assists in the game. Mike Cunningham had a team-high 16 for USC Upstate, who fall to 0-3 in league play. Stetson connected on 14-31 from behind the arc to outshoot one of the nation's top three-point shooting teams today. Overall, the Hatters shot 47.8 percent from the field as they held a 46-33 lead at the break. And early run in the second half ballooned the Stetson lead to over 20 points and the Spartans were unable to respond. Stetson sits at 2-1 in league play, the first time they have started a conference season 2-1 since 2011-12. The Hatters are back in action on Monday when they host Bethune-Cookman in non-conference action. USC Upstate begins a home stand on Thursday against Jacksonville as the Spartans search for their first conference win of the campaign.
Stetson 87, USC Upstate 69
Jacksonville 87, Lipscomb 69
North Florida 85, Kennesaw State 78
FGCU 68, NJIT 54
Upcoming ASUN Men's Basketball Contests Schedule: Monday, Jan. 15th
Bethune-Cookman at Stetson - 4 PM - ESPN3