NJIT & Lipscomb Square Off to Highlight Midweek Action

NJIT & Lipscomb Square Off to Highlight Midweek Action

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Weekly Notes Packet | Conference Stats

ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball enters its third week of conference play on Wednesday evening with a quartet of games. Two of the top squads in the ASUN, Lipscomb and NJIT, highlight the action when they square off at 7 PM ET in Newark, N.J. 

Jacksonville returns to Swisher Gymnasium to tangle with North Alabama for the first time in program history at 7 PM ET. Down the coast in DeLand, Fla., Stetson hosts North Florida. The Hatters seek their first ASUN win of the year, while UNF looks to improve to 3-1. Liberty travels to Kennesaw State to defend its perfect 3-0 ASUN mark. 

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FGCU Eagles (5-13; 0-3)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Next Two Games: at Kennesaw State* (1/19 - 4:30 PM - ESPN+); vs. Stetson* (1/21 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- The Eagles look to notch their first ASUN win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Kennesaw State. The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Owls with a record of 17-7 and have won 15 of the last 16 matchups, including the last seven at KSU. 
- Over its last seven trips to the KSU Convocation Center, the FGCU defense has been on lock down, as they have held the Owls to just 60.3 PPG, including a 49-point effort last season.
- Christian Carlyle scored a season-high 21 points in the game at North Florida last Saturday. It was just his second 20-point effort of the season, with his last coming back on November 11th at Michigan State. It was his first double-figure output since Nov. 21st when he scored 16 vs. UTSA.
- In last year's 66-49 triumph at Kennesaw State, Brian Thomas scored a career-high nine points and tied a career-high by pulling down eight boards.
- The Eagles have attempted 75 total free throws in conference play, good enough for 25 attempts per game. That mark leads the ASUN.
- FGCU has averaged 14 made triples in its two road victories on the season this year. At 36.3 percent on the season, the Eagles rank second in the league in three-point field goal percentage.
- Schadrac Casimir scored 10 points in FGCU's setback at UNF and is averaging 13.0 PPG in conference action. The senior guard has scored in double figures in 13 of his 18 appearances this season for the Eagles.
- The Eagles have had a different leading scorer in each of their last six games. FGCU has been led in scoring by nine different players this season. Casimir has led them in five games this year, which sits most on the team.

Jacksonville Dolphins (8-10; 1-2)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Alabama* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at NJIT* (1/19 - 4 PM - ESPN+)
- Jacksonville looks to get back in the win column after dropping a road contest last weekend. The Dolphins welcome North Alabama for the first time ever to Swisher Gymnasium. Jacksonville owns a 3-3 mark at home this season. 
- JD Notae continued his good form as he scored 15 points in the loss at Liberty. The sophomore is averaging a team-high 14.5 PPG for the Dolphins. He has also dished out 71 assists on the year, which ranks second in the ASUN.
- Tyreese Davis earned ASUN Newcomer of the Week honors after a double-double in his outing vs. KSU. The freshman had 19 points and 12 rebounds in that victory. In conference play, Davis is up to 12.7 PPG and 5.3 RPG.
- Jacksonville is scoring 80.8 PPG in home contests this season compared to 73.1 PPG on the road. The team is also dishing out more assists in home games with 17.5 APG compared to just 13.2 APG on the road coming into Wednesday clash.
- Jalyn Hinton continues to lead the ASUN in blocked shots with 39 on the season. He has recorded one block in each of the first three ASUN Conference games, and has at least one rejection in 14 of 18 total games for the Dolphins this season.
- Jace Hogan ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.1 PPG and third in rebounding at 5.6 RPG. The senior forward is making 49.0 percent of his shot, which ranks him ninth in the conference. His 35 offensive rebounds are good for seventh in the league.
- With 7.7 steals per game in conference play, the Dolphins rank fifth among ASUN teams. Five players are averaging 1.0 or more steals per game in conference action. Davis leads the team in that category at 1.7 coming into Wednesday's game.
- The Dolphins are making 13.5 free throws per game, the third-highest number in the ASUN. They are coming off a game vs. Liberty where they only made seven FTs. That marked the second-lowest total in a game for the season. 

Kennesaw State Owls (3-14; 0-2)
Twitter: @KSUOWLSMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Liberty* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. FGCU* (1/19 - 4:30 PM - ESPN+)
- Jacksonville looks to get back in the win column after dropping a road contest last weekend. The Dolphins welcome North Alabama for the first time ever to Swisher Gymnasium. Jacksonville owns a 3-3 mark at home this season. 
- JD Notae continued his good form as he scored 15 points in the loss at Liberty. The sophomore is averaging a team-high 14.5 PPG for the Dolphins. He has also dished out 71 assists on the year, which ranks second in the ASUN.
- Tyreese Davis earned ASUN Newcomer of the Week honors after a double-double in his outing vs. KSU. The freshman had 19 points and 12 rebounds in that victory. In conference play, Davis is up to 12.7 PPG and 5.3 RPG.
- Jacksonville is scoring 80.8 PPG in home contests this season compared to 73.1 PPG on the road. The team is also dishing out more assists in home games with 17.5 APG compared to just 13.2 APG on the road coming into Wednesday clash.
- Jalyn Hinton continues to lead the ASUN in blocked shots with 39 on the season. He has recorded one block in each of the first three ASUN Conference games, and has at least one rejection in 14 of 18 total games for the Dolphins this season.
- Jace Hogan ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.1 PPG and third in rebounding at 5.6 RPG. The senior forward is making 49.0 percent of his shot, which ranks him ninth in the conference. His 35 offensive rebounds are good for seventh in the league.
- With 7.7 steals per game in conference play, the Dolphins rank fifth among ASUN teams. Five players are averaging 1.0 or more steals per game in conference action. Davis leads the team in that category at 1.7 coming into Wednesday's game.
- The Dolphins are making 13.5 free throws per game, the third-highest number in the ASUN. They are coming off a game vs. Liberty where they only made seven FTs. That marked the second-lowest total in a game for the season.

Liberty Flames (14-4; 3-0)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: at Kennesaw State* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. North Florida* (1/19 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- After taking down Stetson, 69-53 on Wednesday night, Liberty moved to 3-0 in conference play for just the second time in program history. They look to start 4-0 for just the second time in school history when they host Jacksonville on Saturday. The Flames began league play at 5-0 in 2011.
- Wednesday's contest will mark the first-ever matchup between Liberty and Kennesaw State. The Flames come into the matchup riding a four game win streak and winners of five of their last six.
-Junior forward Scottie James garnered his first career ASUN Player of the Week award this week. In last Saturday's win over Jacksonville, James tallied 18 points and 9 rebounds. In conference play, James is averaging 15.0 PPG and 7.3 RPG. He also leads the league in FG percentage at 70.1 percent.
- Caleb Homesley notched his third double-double of the season last Saturday against Jacksonville. The junior guard poured in 14 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Flames to victory. Since becoming a regular starter on Dec. 15th, Homesley has averaged 13 PPG over the last eight contests.
- Darius McGhee, a four-time ASUN Newcomer of the Week winner, is averaging 11.0 PPG this season, which would be the fourth highest average ever by a Liberty freshman. In the ASUN opener against FGCU, McGhee poured in a game-high 18 points on 6-9 from three-point land.
- McGhee is third the league in three's made per game at 2.5, while he is connecting on 37.8 percent of his shots from deep which ranks 11th in the league. He has made at least one three in each game this season except for two, and is 7-15 from distance in ASUN play.
- Balanced scoring has been a key for the Flames this season as four players are averaging 10.0 PPG or more including James (12.6), McGhee (11.0), Homesley (10.8) and Lovell Cabbil (10.4).
- Liberty's pack-line defense has been stellar this season, as they are holding opponents to 60.4 PPG, which is best in the ASUN. In their 14 victories this season, the Flames are surrendering just 54.4 PPG.

Lipscomb Bisons (12-4; 3-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: at NJIT* (1/16 - 6 PM CT - ESPN+) vs. Kennesaw State* (1/21 - 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
- Lipscomb leads the all-time series against NJIT, 5-2, despite splitting the regular season meetings last year. The Bisons won in overtime last year in Newark, 86-79, and are 3-0 all-time on the Highlanders' home court.
- Last year, the Bisons outscored NJIT, 51-37, in the second half to overcome a 19-point deficit to the Highlanders. Rob Marberry led the charge with 29 points, while Matt Rose scored all 18 of his points in the second half.
- Marberry sits with 1,170 points in his three-year Lipscomb career, which ranks 119th in conference history. He needs 49 points to crack the top-100. Nathan Moran owns 1,081 career points as he is tied for 153rd & can move into the top-125 with 72 more points.
- Over the past week, three Lipscomb Division I career records have fallen with Garrison Mathews (Points, Three's Made) setting two and Eli Pepper breaking the career rebound mark. They both rank in the top-11 in the ASUN record books for each career category.
- Mathews sits with 2,006 career points and can pass two former ASUN legends over the coming week as he trails ETSU's Courtney Epigram (2,043) and Kennesaw State's Markeith Cummings (2,048). Pepper needs 34 rebounds to move into 10th all-time passing Georgia Southern's Jeff Sanders.
- A win vs. NJIT would give Lipscomb its first 4-0 start to league play since the 2014-15 season when the Bisons opened with an identical mark. Lipscomb has never started 5-0 in ASUN play.
- With a scoring average of 85.5 PPG, Lipscomb leads all ASUN teams on the offensive side this season. In eight road games this season, the Bisons are averaging 76.1 PPG.|
- Lipscomb is tied with Liberty atop the league with 3-0 marks, while both teams also sit with five road victories on the season. NJIT leads the league with seven road wins.

NJIT Highlanders (13-4; 1-1)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
Next Two Games: vs. Lipscomb* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Jacksonville* (1/19 - 4 PM - ESPN+) 
- The Highlanders look to bounce back after falling at North Alabama last weekend. NJIT hosts Lipscomb at the WEC on Wednesday night and owns a 2-4 record in the all-time series. The Highlanders took Lipscomb to overtime last year at home.
- Abdul Lewis averaged 21.5 PPG against the Bisons last season, including a monster game of 27 points and 13 rebounds in NJIT's 81-77 victory against Lipscomb. Zach Cooks (13.5 PPG) scored in double figures in both matchups as well a year ago.
- NJIT's offense has been playing better at home, averaging 74.4 PPG compared to 69.8 on the road. The Highlanders enter Wednesday's showdown owning a three-game home winning streak and a 6-1 mark at home this season.
- The Highlanders' defense has been one of the best in the opening couple of weeks of ASUN play. They are only allowing 56.5 PPG, second-best in the league. NJIT is 7-0 this season when allowing 60 points or fewer in a contest.
- San Antonio Brinson was one of the offensive bright spots in NJIT's game at UNA last weekend. He scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. It marked the sixth time in 17 games this season that Brinson finished in double figures for the Highlanders. 
- After two conference games, NJIT leads the ASUN in defensive rebounding with 31.0 defensive boards per contest. Lewis sits at 8.8 RPG for the season, the second-highest mark in the conference. Brinson (5.3) and Zach Cooks (5.0) are next on the team.
- For the 13th consecutive game, Cooks finished in double-digit scoring for the Highlanders. The guard scored 12 at North Alabama and is still averaging 19.0 PPG. His 323 total points are second in the ASUN, only trailing Kennesaw State's Tyler Hooker (324).
- In last year's regular season series with the Bisons, NJIT shot 49.2 and 49.1 percent from the field. They are 3-0 this season when shooting 49.1 or higher from the field. Over the past two seasons, NJIT owns a 12-2 mark when shooting above 49.1 percent. 

North Alabama Lions (5-13; 2-1)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
Next Two Games: at Jacksonville* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Stetson* (1/19 - 3:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
- The Lions are riding a two game winning streak into Wednesday's first-ever matchup against Jacksonville. North Alabama defeated FGCU and NJIT at home last week and looks to carry that momentum over on the road.
- Kendarius Smith (16) and Jamari Blackmon (16) combined for 32 points in the victory against NJIT on the weekend. Smith is now averaging a team-high 13.7 PPG in conference play, while Blackmon sits right behind him at 13.0 PPG.
- Christian Agnew scored 14 points and has proven to be a third reliable scorer for the Lions in league play. He also ranks fifth in the conference with five steals against ASUN opposition. His 18 steals overall rank him 14th in the ASUN.
- In conference play, the Lions have been crashing the offensive glass better than any ASUN team at the moment. They are pulling down 11.3 offensive rebounds per game through the first couple of weeks of league play.
- Blackmon continues to be the top freshman scorer in the ASUN. His 15.7 PPG rank him fifth in the conference and first among freshman. He has scored at least 14 points in five of his last six outings for North Alabama.
- Kendall Stafford is collecting 5.8 rebounds per game this season, second on the team. He is averaging 6.3 RPG in conference play entering Wednesday's outing. Stafford has made 26 triples on the year which rank him 16th in the ASUN.
- North Alabama's defense has forced 8.0 steals per game in conference play, which ranks the team third in that category. They have at least six steals in each of the three ASUN games they have played this season.
- Opponents are only scoring 69.0 points per game against the Lions in conference play. That mark ranks them third in the league. The team's three-point defense is solid as well as opponents are only shooting 33.6 percent from behind the arc.

North Florida Ospreys (8-10; 2-1)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: at Stetson* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Liberty* (1/19 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- North Florida hits the road on Wednesday evening to take on Stetson. The Ospreys lead the all-time series 16-12 and has won the last three matchups, including last year's tilt in DeLand by a score of 73-65.
- Noah Horchler tallied his third double-double in four games last Saturday against FGCU. The junior forward leads the conference with nine double-doubles this season and is averaging 15.6 PPG and a conference best 9.9 RPG.
- The #BirdsofTrey have been out in ASUN play as UNF drilled 38 threes in three league games, including 15 against FGCU last Saturday. The Ospreys rank second in the league in threes per game at 9.0. JT Escobar is knocking down 2.7 threes per game, which is tied for the lead in the ASUN.
- Since 2015-16, UNF has made 13 or more triples vs. an ASUN opponent 14 times. They hold an 12-2 record in those games
- Garrett Sams is averaging 12.3 PPG this year for the Ospreys, which ranks second on the team behind Horchler. The junior has been in double-figure scoring in 13 of 17 games this season, including the last four games for UNF.  Sams currently sits only 80 points away from 1,000 for his career at 920.
- North Florida has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack recently, as they have had five players average double-figures over the last four games; Horchler (17.0 PPG), Sams (14.8 PPG), Ivan Gandia-Rosa (14.0 PPG), Wajid Aminu (14.3 PPG) and JT Escobar (11.0).
- Gandia-Rosa's assist production has seen an uptick since the beginning of conference play. In conference play he's averaging 7.0 APG, and overall leads the conference in the category at 5.4 APG. Against Stetson last season, the guard averaged 15.5 PPG and 7.5 APG.
- Aminu and Horchler rank first and second among all active ASUN players for career blocks. Aminu has swatted away 98 shot attempts in his three-year career, while Horchler has totaled 88 in his two years as an Osprey.

Stetson Hatters (4-13; 0-2)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Florida* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at North Alabama* (1/19 - 4:30 PM ET - ESPN+)
- The Hatters are looking for their first conference win of the season when they host North Florida in midweek action. They trail in the all-time series 16-12 with the last victory over the Ospreys coming in January 2017. 
- Sophomore Christiaan Jones leads the team in scoring at 11.2 PPG. He has scored 12 points in each of his last three outings for the Hatters. It marks the third time this season Jones has had a three-game double-digit scoring streak going.
- Kenny Aninye scored 13 points the last time the Hatters were on the court. It's his first double-digit scoring effort since Dec. 18th when he finished with 14 points in a victory against UNC Asheville in non-conference action. 
- Stetson's offense is much more comfortable at home in the Edmunds Center this season. They are averaging 76.9 PPG at home compared to just 64.3 PPG on the road. Stetson's FG percentage sits at 44.3 at home compared to 37.3 on the road. 
- With 7.2 steals per game, Stetson ranks third in the ASUN entering Wednesday's contest. Jahlil Rawley (1.4) and Aninye (1.0) are the top two individuals in that category for the young Hatters squad.
- Stetson has produced double-digit offensive rebounds in 14 of 17 games this season. They lead the ASUN in that category with at 12.6 offensive rebounds per game. Abayomi Iyiola is second in the ASUN with 45 offensive boards. 
- Three different Hatters have made 20 or more threes this season. Jones leads the team with 27 makes from behind the arc, while Marques Sumner (25) and Leo Goodman (23) are the other two.
- Sophomore Adam Webb has blocked 18 shots this season. That ranks him fifth in the ASUN entering Wednesday's contest. He's averaging 2.0 blocks per game in his last three games played for the Hatters.  

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