Fort Myers and Nashville Play Host to Thursday's #ASUNMadness Semifinals

Fort Myers and Nashville Play Host to Thursday's #ASUNMadness Semifinals

Full ASUN Men's Basketball Semifinal Notes | Championship Info | Bracket

LakePoint, Ga. -
 The 2018 ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Championship continues with semifinal contests from Alico Arena in Fort Myers and Allen Arena in Nashville with No. 1 FGCU hosting No. 5 North Florida at 7 PM ET, while No. 2 Lipscomb tangles with No. 3 Jacksonville at 7 PM CT. Both games can be seen on ESPN3.

In Fort Myers, top-seeded FGCU hopes to return to its third-straight ASUN Championship Final by extending its win streak against the Ospreys. The Eagles own a league-best 13 wins at home this season, but have faltered five times this season in Alico. No. 5 North Florida looks to continue its success on the road after defeating NJIT in Monday's quarterfinal contest. The Ospreys eye revenge against the Eagles after being eliminated from the ASUN Championship in the past two seasons by FGCU.

Thursday's second contest features two squads eyeing returns to the ASUN Championship Final after extended droughts. A victory for No. 2 Lipscomb would equal the Bisons' first trip to the ASUN Final since the 2006 season when they fell in overtime. Lipscomb dispatched Stetson in the quarterfinals on Monday behind 29 points from Garrison Mathews and 15 from Matt Rose. After collecting its first ASUN Championship win since 2010 with Monday's win vs. Kennesaw State, Jacksonville sits one victory away from its third appearance in the title game with previous trips coming in 2008 and 2009. Jace Hogan paced the Dolphins on Monday with a program championship record 39 points.

Catch all of the action on WatchESPN and follow @ASUNMBB on Twitter for updates throughout the night.

Team-By-Team Breakdown
FGCU Eagles (22-10; 12-2) | Quarterfinal Highlights | 
- FGCU faces North Florida on Thursday, the Eagles are 5-1 all-time in the ASUN Championship Semifinals. The Eagles are 18-10 all-time vs. UNF and have won the last seven in the series.
- Thursday's contest marks the 14th rematch of a championship final from the previous season as FGCU & North Florida squared off for last year's title. The defending champs are 9-4 in rematches.
- The Eagles are 15-3 all-time in the ASUN Championship and are looking to become the second team in conference history to win three-straight Championship titles joining Belmont (2006-08).
- FGCU is the first team in ASUN history to post six-straight 20-win seasons. The Eagles enter the ASUN Championship as No. 1 seed for the second-straight year and third all-time.
- Brandon Goodwin became the second Eagle in program history to be named ASUN Player of the Year joining Sherwood Brownn (2013). Goodwin led the team in scoring, rebounds and assists.
- Three Eagles have reached 1,000 career points with Christian Terrell (1,285), Zach Johnson (1,267) and Brandon Goodwin (1,191). They rank 76th, 80th and 111th respectively in the ASUN records.
- The No. 1 seed is 14-2 all-time against the No. 5 seed with the only two losses coming in 1991 and 2003.
- FGCU set a program championship record with 96 points passing their previous mark of 89 in the 2016 ASUN Semifinals vs. North Florida, while Zach Johnson set the individual scoring record with 26 points.

Jacksonville Dolphins (15-17; 8-6) | Quarterfinal Highlights |  
- Jacksonville advanced to its first ASUN Championship Semifinal since 2010 with a victory against Kennesaw State in the opening round. The Dolphins are 2-2 all-time in ASUN Championship semifinals entering Thursday's game at Lipscomb. 
- Jace Hogan set an ASUN Championship record with 17 field goals made in the opening round win vs. Kennesaw State. Hogan scored a career-high 39 points, tied for the second-highest point total by any ASUN player this season. It marks the highest postseason point total in program history. 
- The Dolphins and Bisons split the regular season series, with both teams dominating at home. Jacksonville shot 62.7 percent from the floor in their victory vs. the Bisons. ASUN Freshman of the Year JD Notae had a game-high 21 points in the victory.   
- Devin Harris, who had 19 points, nine boards and seven assists in the win vs. Lipscomb, missed the second game at Allen Arena during the regular season. He is averaging 16.2 PPG, 10.5 RPG and 9.2 APG in his last four contests. 
- All-Freshmen Team selection Jalyn Hinton was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor in the ASUN Championship win against Kennesaw State. He scored 19 points and continues to lead the league in field goal percentage, shooting 65.7 percent from the floor.  
- Jacksonville owns a 2-1 record against Lipscomb in ASUN Championship history with all three of those matchups coming in the city of Nashville. The last time the Dolphins advanced to the ASUN Championship Final, they defeated Lipscomb in the semis 88-72 at Allen Arena in 2009.

Lipscomb Bisons (21-9; 11-4) | Quarterfinal Highlights |  
- The Bisons advanced to their fourth-straight ASUN Championship Semifinal with an 89-73 win against Stetson. Lipscomb is 1-5 all-time in ASUN Championship semifinal contest, with their only win coming back in 2006.  
- Garrison Mathews scored a team-high 29 points in the win vs. Stetson, giving him 37 career 20-point games for the Bisons. After scoring 652 total points last season, Mathews sits at 651 entering Thursday's semifinal against Jacksonville.  
- Lipscomb split the regular season series with the Dolphins. Both teams protected home court and the Bisons have won five consecutive home against vs. Jacksonville. Three of those contests were decided by three points or less, while the last two have been blowouts for Lipscomb.    
- Eli Pepper controlled the glass in the second contest against Jacksonville with a season-high 15 rebounds. He is averaging 11.0 RPG vs. the Dolphins this season. The Bisons own a 9-2 record when Pepper pulls down double-digit rebounds.  
- The last time these two teams met in the ASUN Championship, Lipscomb posted a thrilling 92-89 win in overtime. The 92 points are the most the Bisons have ever scored in an ASUN Championship contest. Lipscomb averaged 85.9 PPG in conference play this season.   
- The Bisons produced 22 assists in their ASUN Championship victory against Stetson on Monday night. Lipscomb owns a 16-3 record when recording 15 or more assists in a game this season. The Bisons lead the league with 15.3 APG this season.  

North Florida Ospreys (14-18; 7-7) | Quarterfinal Highlights |  
- North Florida owns an 9-7 record all-time in the ASUN Championship. The Ospreys have reached four-straight semifinals as UNF hopes to reach its fourth ASUN Final in the past eight seasons.
- The Ospreys look to become the seventh No. 5 seed to reach the ASUN Final all-time and the third to capture the conference crown. The last appearance by a 5-seed in the final was 2010.
- Garrett Sams scored a career-high 28 points against NJIT, marking his sixth career 20-point game and fourth of this season. He drained four triples and made 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.
- ASUN Newcomer of the Year, Noah Horchler has been one of the standout performers for North Florida this season. He averages 11.7 PPG and leads the ASUN in rebounding at 8.7 RPG. He is the only ASUN player to average a double-double in league play at 15.1 PPG and 10.8 RPG. 
- Gandia-Rosa has been one of the top distributing point guards in the country as he leads the ASUN and ranks 18th in the NCAA with 6.2 APG. He has dished out 33 assists in his last four games, including an ASUN single game record-tying 18 vs. Upstate.
- The Ospreys look to snap a seven-game losing streak to FGCU. UNF's last win vs. the Eagles came on Jan. 30th, 2016 with their last win in Fort Myers coming on Feb. 25th, 2015. UNF is 6-7 all-time in Alico Arena.
- The Birds of Trey lead the ASUN in three's made this season with 347, which sits fourth in the nation trailing only Savannah State (373), The Citadel (361) and Belmont (360).

 

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