Eagles Lock Up No. 1 Seed; Marberry Drops 39 Points in Bisons Win

LakePoint, Ga. - FGCU became the first team in ASUN history to win 20 contests in six-straight seasons with a major road comeback victory. The Eagles were joined in the win column on Saturday by Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and Stetson. 

FGCU clinched its second consecutive ASUN Men's Basketball Regular Season title after an impressive comeback win at USC Upstate today, 88-71. The Eagles will be the No. 1 seed and have home-court advantage throughout the 2018 ASUN Championship. After trailing by as much as 18 points in the first half, FGCU outscored USC Upstate 59-27 in the second half. Raysean Scott scored a career-high 21 points to lead five Eagles in double figures. Mike Cunningham finished with a game-high 26 points for the Spartans, who were unable to break the Eagles' momentum in the second half. FGCU dominated in the paint, 56-20, as they erased the 18-point deficit by the 11:08 mark of the second half when Zach Johnson converted a three-point play. Brandon Goodwin took over from there with 14 of his 19 points in the second half as FGCU is 11-0 in ASUN play now. 

The Owls collected their fifth win of the conference season in convincing fashion as they defeated Jacksonville 78-54 at the Convocation Center on Saturday. Nick Masterson was on fire in the opening half as he scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half, while James Scott took over the scoring load in the second half as he posted his eighth 20-point game of the season. Kennesaw State shot 51.6 percent from the floor for the game, while the Dolphins couldn't get anything going offensive shooting only 33.3 from the field. Jace Hogan led the Dolphins with 14 points, the only player in double figures. 

Stetson led NJIT for nearly the entire contest as the Hatters snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 84-80 victory in Newark. The Hatters possessed a 19-point advantage midway through the second half before the Highlanders charged back into the contest. Five Hatters finished with double-figure points as Luke Doyle and BJ Glasford posted a team-high 17. Angel Rivera came up clutch for Stetson late in the game with several buckets in key moments as the senior guard ended with 12 points and seven assists. Freshman Zach Cooks tallied a game-high 21 points in the loss just ahead of Abdul Liews with 18 points and 13 boards.

Lipscomb moved into sole possession of second place in the ASUN on the shoulders of Rob Marberry as the junior forward registered a new career-high 39 points on 18-of-24 shooting in the Bisons' 82-75 win vs. North Florida. Kenny Cooper joined Marberry in the double-digit scoring column with 11 as Lipscomb racked up 13 steals including three each by Cooper and Michael Buckland. Lipscomb trailed by 12 only nine minutes into the contest but rallied to even the contest at the break. Trip Day led UNF with 22 points as the freshman made five triples, while Noah Horchler finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

ASUN Men's Basketball Contests Results
FGCU 88, USC Upstate 71
Stetson 84, NJIT 80
Kennesaw State 78, Jacksonville 54
Lipscomb 82, North Florida 75

Team ASUN Overall
#1 FGCU * 11-0 20-8
Lipscomb 7-4 17-9
Jacksonville 6-5 12-16
NJIT 5-6 12-14
North Florida 5-6 11-17
Kennesaw State 5-6 9-17
Stetson 3-8 11-17
USC Upstate 2-9 7-21

*- Clinched a home game in 2018 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship


Upcoming ASUN Men's Basketball Contests Schedule: Thursday, Feb. 15th
Lipscomb at Stetson - 7 PM - ESPN3
NJIT at Jacksonville - 7 PM - ESPN3
USC Upstate at North Florida - 7 PM - ESPN3
Kennesaw State at FGCU - 7 PM - ESPN3

 

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