NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb advanced to its fourth consecutive ASUN Men's Basketball Championship semifinal with a big second half against Stetson. The Bisons will host No. 3 Jacksonville on Thursday night at Allen Arena.
Garrison Mathews scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Bisons past Stetson 89-73 in the 2018 ASUN Championship quarterfinal. Mathews scored 13 of his 29 in the second half as Lipscomb outscored Stetson 24-5 in the opening 10 minutes of the second period to secure the victory. Matt Rose (15) and Rob Marberry (10) joined Mathews in double figures for the Bisons. Divine Myles' Hatter career came to a close with 15 points, while All-Freshmen Team selection Abayomi Iyiola led the Hatters with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Lipscomb jumped out to a big lead in the first half as the Bisons were red hot from three-point range in the opening minutes. Mathews and Rose combined for three triples to start the game. The lead grew to 32-16 at the 7:32 mark of the first half. But Stetson got back in the game thanks to a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead down to 34-30. Freshman Christiaan Jones gave Stetson a brief lead at 43-41, before Aaron Korn drilled a three with 3.4 seconds to go to give Lipscomb the 44-43 advantage at the break.
The second half belonged to the Bisons as they came out with a 10-0 run to retake a double-digit lead. Marberry scored six early points to spark the run, while Lipscomb's defense held Stetson to just 2-of-10 shooting in the first eight minutes of the half. Lipscomb's lead ballooned from one at the half to 21 when Mathews connected on a triple for the 73-52 lead. Lipscomb cruised the rest of the way as the Hatters were unable to mount another comeback like they did in the first half.
Stetson's season comes to a close with a 12-20 record, while Lipscomb improves to 21-9 on the year. The No. 2-seeded Bisons will now take on No. 3 Jacksonville on Thursday night at Allen Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM CT live on ESPN3. The two sides split the regular season series with both winning on their home courts. Jacksonville defeated Kennesaw State on Monday to advance to the semifinals.
No. 2 Lipscomb vs. No. 7 Stetson Quarterfinal Notes
- Lipscomb's Garrison Mathews scored 29 points for his 19th twenty-point game of the season. He now has 37 career 20-point games, which is the most among active ASUN Men's Basketball players. Mathews now sits 25th on the ASUN career-scoring list with 1,654 career points.
- The Bisons were hot from three-point range all night long as they connected on 14-of-32 from behind the arc tonight. It marked the second-highest three-point total for the Bisons on the season, after they made 16 in a victory against Fisk on January 3rd.
- Matt Rose made 5-of-9 from three-point range tonight to tie his single-season high mark on the year. Rose also connected on five triples in the regular season matchup against the Hatters on January 20th.
- Luke Doyle became Stetson's all-time career three-point leader tonight. The senior guard connected on one triple today to give him 207 for his Hatter career. He finishes his Stetson career ranked 36th in the ASUN career three-point shooting records
- Divine Myles scored 15 points tonight to close out his outstanding Stetson career. Myles is the all-time leading scorer in program history and finishes his career with 1,845 career points, the 15th-most in ASUN history.
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