ATLANTA, Ga. - Two ASUN Conference Men's Basketball programs improved to 3-0 in league play, while two others pushed their conference marks to 2-1 with home victories. All four home teams collected victories on Saturday as conference play resumes on Wednesday.
For just the second time in program history, Liberty is 3-0 in conference play after beating Jacksonville, 69-53 on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg. The Flames were once again led by forward Scottie James. The junior big man poured in a game-high 18 points on 7-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Caleb Homesley chipped in with a double-double for the Flames with 14 points and 11 boards. Sophomore guard JD Notae led the Dolphins with 15 points and five rebounds. The last time Liberty started 3-0 was in 2011 when they began league play at 5-0. Both squads will be back in action on Wednesday when Liberty travels to Kennesaw State, while Jacksonville hosts North Alabama.
After picking up its first-ever ASUN victory on Wednesday, North Alabama made it two in a row by upsetting NJIT on Saturday. The Lions were led by the trio of Kendarius Smith, Jamari Blackmon and Christian Agnew. Smith and Blackmon led the charge, as they both poured in game-highs of 16 points. Smith also tacked on five rebounds and two assists, while going 7-8 from the charity stripe. Emanuel Littles cleaned up on the boards for UNA, as he pulled down a game-high 11 against the Highlanders. San Antonio Brinson was the high point man for NJIT, scoring 16 points on 5-9 from the field.
North Florida snapped an eight-game losing streak to FGCU in impressive fashion as the Ospreys defeated the Eagles, 87-66, with five players in double-figure scoring. Noah Horchler (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Wajid Aminu (16 points, 12 rebounds) both registered double-doubles as each registered four blocks as well. JT Escobar and Ivan Gandia-Rosa chipped in 15 points as the tandem combined for seven triples. As a team UNF knocked down 15 trifectas, a season-high for the Birds of Trey. In a return to his hometown, Christian Carlyle posted a game-high 21 points for FGCU.
Garrison Mathews set two Lipscomb Division I career records in the Bisons' 95-71 victory vs. Stetson in Allen Arena. The senior guard surpassed 2,000 career points and became Lipscomb's D-I scoring leader in the process, while he also set the program's D-I record for career threes as he knocked down three in the game. Mathews finished with 20 points, while Rob Marberry tallied 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting as Lipscomb outscored Stetson, 42-24, in the paint. Kenny Aninye's 13 points were most on the night for Stetson in the loss.
ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Results: Jan. 12th
Liberty 69, Jacksonville 53
North Alabama 61, NJIT 55
North Florida 87, FGCU 66
Lipscomb 95, Stetson 71