Mathews & James Earn Player of Week; Davis Collects Newcomer Honors

Mathews & James Earn Player of Week; Davis Collects Newcomer Honors


ATLANTA, Ga. - Liberty's Scottie James and Lipscomb's Garrison Mathews shared this week's ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors, while Tyreese Davis of Jacksonville continued his strong freshman campaign to earn Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. 

Mathews extends his conference record with his 10th ASUN Player of the Week honor after guiding the Bisons to a 2-0 mark in league play. The senior averaged 22.5 PPG last week as the Bisons defeated North Florida and Stetson at home. In the game against the Ospreys, Mathews scored 25 points and added seven rebounds. He made 5-of-9 from behind the arc in that game, and continued his hot shooting into the game against the Hatters. He was 6-of-10 from the field that contest and put up 20 points in just 23 minutes of action. During the match, Mathews became just the ninth player in ASUN history to surpass the 2,000 career point mark. He also set school records for most points in the D-I era and most three-pointers made. 

James collects his first career ASUN Player of the Week honor after another dominant week for the Flames. The forward averaged 16.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG to help Liberty maintain a perfect record in ASUN play. He shot 7-of-10 from the field and finished with 15 points in a road victory at Stetson to open the week. James then followed that up with 18 points and nine boards as Liberty defeated Jacksonville 69-53 in its first-ever ASUN contest at home. For the week, the junior shot 14-of-21 from the field and added two assists and two blocks combined. 

For the second time this season, freshman guard Tyreese Davis earns the ASUN Newcomer of the Week honor. Davis had a breakout performance to open the week, when he set new career-highs in points and rebounds in a victory at Kennesaw State. He shot 8-of-10 from the field and scored 19 points, while adding 12 rebounds in an impressive 90-70 road victory for the Dolphins. The Kansas City, Mo. native then followed that up with nine points and three assists as the Dolphins played at Liberty to close out the week. For the week, Davis averaged 14.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 4.5 APG as he continues to play a big role for the Dolphins in his freshman season. 

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Players of the Week - Jan. 14th
Scottie James, Liberty
Junior | Forward | Tarpon Springs, Fla.
- First Career ASUN Conference Player of the Week; second for Liberty this season
- Led Liberty to a 2-0 week in conference play by averaging 16.5 PPG
- Opened the week with 15 points and five rebounds in a 71-53 road win at Stetson
- Tallied 18 points and nine boards in Liberty's first-ever ASUN Conference home game, a 69-53 victory vs. Jacksonville
- Shot 66.7 percent from the field for the week (14-of-21) and connected on 5-of-6 free throws combined
- Added two blocks and two assists as Liberty sits tied for first in the ASUN with a 3-0 record in league play

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Players of the Week - Jan. 14th
Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
Senior | Guard | Franklin, Tenn. | Criminal Justice
- Tenth Career ASUN Conference Player of the Week; fourth this season to extend his own league record
- Helped Lipscomb go 2-0 in ASUN play with back-to-back 20-point performances
- Scored 25 points and added seven rebounds in 81-66 home victory vs. North Florida in midweek action
- Finished with 20 points in just 23 minutes to lead Lipscomb past Stetson by the score of 95-71
- Became just the ninth player in league history to surpass the 2,000 career point mark during Saturday's victory
- Averaged 6.5 RPG and 2.0 APG for the week as Lipscomb sits tied atop the standings at 3-0 in ASUN play

Other Nominees: Christian Carlyle, FGCU; JD Notae, Jacksonville; Kendarius Smith, North Alabama; Wajid Aminu, North Florida.

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Newcomer of the Week - Jan. 14th
Tyreese Davis, Jacksonville
Freshman | Guard | Kansas City, Mo.
- Second Career ASUN Conference Newcomer of the Week; second for the Dolphins this season
- Set a new career-high with 19 points in the victory at Kennesaw State to open the week
- Went 8-for-10 from the field, including going 2-of-3 from behind the arc to lead Dolphins to 90-70 victory
- Added a career-high 12 rebounds in the contest for his second double-double of the season
- Scored nine points and had three assists in the game at Liberty to close the weekend
- Ranks second among ASUN freshman in scoring during conference play with 12.7 PPG

Other Nominees: Schadrac Casimir, FGCU; Darius McGhee, Liberty; Jake Wolfe, Lipscomb; Jamari Blackmon, North Alabama; Ezekiel Balogun, North Florida.

2018-19 Season Award Winners
Jan. 14th: Players: Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb & Scottie James, Liberty Newcomer: Tyreese Davis, Jacksonville
Jan. 7th: Player: Noah Horchler, North Florida; Newcomer: Darius McGhee, Liberty
Jan. 1st: Player: Caleb Homesley, Liberty; Newcomer: Darius McGhee, Liberty
Dec. 23rd: Player: Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb; Newcomer: Zach Scott, FGCU
Dec. 17th: Player: JD Notae, Jacksonville; Newcomer: Schadrac Casimir, FGCU
Dec. 10th: Player: Rob Marberry, Lipscomb & Zach Cooks, NJITNewcomer: Tyreese Davis, Jacksonville
Dec. 3rd: Player: Garrison Mathews, LipscombNewcomer: Darius McGhee, Liberty
Nov. 26th: Player: Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb & Zach Cooks, NJITNewcomer: Darius McGhee, Liberty
Nov. 19th: Player: Haanif Cheatham, FGCUNewcomer: Haanif Cheatham, FGCU
Nov. 12th: Player: Diandre Wilson, NJITNewcomer: Jamari Blackmon, North Alabama