ATLANTA, Ga. - Liberty, Lipscomb, North Florida and North Alabama picked up victories in midweek ASUN Conference Men's Basketball action. Liberty and Lipscomb defended their undefeated ASUN records, as they took down Kennesaw State and NJIT respectively. North Florida and North Alabama both improved to 3-1 in league play with victories over Stetson and Jacksonville.
ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Results: Jan. 16th
Liberty 62, Kennesaw State 41
Lipscomb 70, NJIT 52
North Florida 87, Stetson 77
North Alabama 91, Jacksonville 88
For just the second time in program history, Liberty improved to 4-0 in conference play, as they took down Kennesaw State 62-41 at the KSU Convocation Center on Wednesday night. Forward Scottie James continued his tear in league play, as notched a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds and went 5-6 from the floor. The Flames enjoyed a balanced attack, as Caleb Homesley (12 points), Elijah Cuffee (11 points) and Keenan Gumbs (11 points) all chipped in with double figures. The Flames defense was on full display, as they held the Owls to just 41 points and 24 percent from the field. Tyler Hooker led KSU with 16 points and went 10-11 from the charity stripe.
Lipscomb maintained its perfect record in ASUN Conference action as the Bisons dominated NJIT on the road for the 70-52 victory. Rob Marberry set the tone early with the first eight points of the contest, then proceeded to finish with a game-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the floor. Matt Rose added 17 points off the bench, while Garrison Mathews enjoyed a quiet night with 11 points. Lipscomb's defense was outstanding all night long, holding NJIT to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor. The paint is where the Bisons dominated most of the night as they finished with a 46-24 advantage in the lane. NJIT was led by Zach Cooks who finished with 11 points on the night. The Bisons will enjoy the weekend off, while NJIT looks to bounce back when Jacksonville comes to the WEC on Saturday.
North Florida notched its second straight win to move to 3-1 in ASUN action, as they took down Stetson on Wednesday night in DeLand. For the third straight game, all five UNF starters tallied double figures, led by Garrett Sams with 18 points. Ivan Gandia-Rosa nearly notched a double-double with 15 points and nine assists. Wajid Aminu helped out with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. The Ospreys knocked down 13 threes, making it the fifth straight game that UNF has recorded double-digit three-pointers. Leo Goodman led the way for Stetson with a season-high 17 points. North Florida returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Liberty, while Stetson pays a visit to North Alabama.
North Alabama extended its current winning streak to three games as the Lions won a thriller on the road at Jacksonville by the score of 91-88. In a contest that featured over 25 lead changes, the Lions got great guard play down the stretch from Christian Agnew (26 points) and Jamari Blackmon (23) to propel them to victory. JD Notae scored 25 points for the Dolphins, but missed a crucial free throw with 3.5 seconds left that kept North Alabama in the lead for good. Agnew was on fire early as his shooting kept the Lions in the contest in the first half. Jacksonville shot nearly 50 percent, but trailed 34-33. The second half was a back and forth affair as neither side was able to gain much separation. Blackmon, who only scored two points in the first half, took over the game offensively as he had 21 in the period. Kendarius Smith and Kendall Stafford provided some timely hoops down the stretch as well. Dave Bell recorded a double-double for Jacksonville finishing with 14 points and 13 boards. North Alabama, with a 3-1 ASUN record, looks to keep their conference win streak rolling as they host Stetson on Saturday, while the Dolphins (1-3 in ASUN) head to NJIT.