ASUN Men's Basketball Action Continues On Saturday Afternoon

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ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball action continues on Saturday with a quartet of games. Liberty looks to stay undefeated in ASUN play when they welcome North Florida to Lynchburg, Va. North Alabama hopes to extend its current winning streak to four games when they host Stetson.  

NJIT and Jacksonville face off in Newark, N.J. with both teams looking to bounce back from midweek defeats. Kennesaw State and FGCU will tangle at the KSU Convocation Center with both sides looking for their first league win of the season. 

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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 (8-11; 1-3)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: at NJIT* (1/19 - 4 PM - ESPN+); at North Florida* (1/24 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- Jacksonville travels to NJIT on Saturday looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat. The Dolphins are 3-3 all-time against the Highlanders, but have won the last two contests in Newark.   
- The series has been a tightly contested one with four of the six games decided by three points or less. Both matchups in 2017-18 were decided by two points with the road team winning each time. 
- David Bell recorded his second double-double of the season in Jacksonville's last game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against North Alabama. It was his first double-double since the game vs. South Alabama on Nov. 17.  
- JD Notae continued his excellent form with 25 points and eight assists in his last outing. The sophomore guard is averaging 16.8 PPG in his last four games, while also dishing out 6.0 APG against ASUN opposition.   
- The Dolphins have been good on the road this year with four victories. In each of their last three road wins, the offense has scored 79 or more points. They are averaging 10.3 offensive rebounds per game away from Swisher Gym. 
- For the sixth time this season, Jacksonville shot over 50.0 percent from the floor in midweek. They are 4-2 on the season when reaching that mark, and rank second in ASUN Conference play with a 50.0 field goal percentage.   
- With 5.6 blocks per game, the Dolphins continue to lead the league in that category. They had six against North Alabama, the 10th time this season that Jacksonville finished a game with six or more blocks on the defensive end. 
- The Dolphins will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 24 when they make the short trip across town to take on North Florida in the River City Rumble. They lead the all-time series 17-13 and are coming off a regular season sweep of the Ospreys last year.

Kennesaw State Owls (3-15; 0-3)
Twitter: @KSUOWLSMBB
Next Two Games: vs. FGCU* (1/19 - 4:30 PM - ESPN+); at Lipscomb* (1/21 - 7:30 PM - ESPN+)
- Kennesaw State hosts FGCU on Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center. The Owls trail the all-time series 17-7, but won the last matchup back on February 15, 2018. Tyler Hooker scored 10 points off the bench in a 97-93 KSU win. 
- In Wednesday's setback to Liberty, Hooker led the way with 16 points for the Owls, including 10-11 from the charity stripe. Hooker leads the ASUN in scoring at 18.9 PPG overall, 21.0 PPG in conference play. 
- With 11.7 offensive rebounds per game, the Owls rank second in the league. They have pulled down 32 total in their first two league games for an average of 10.7. KSU has pulled down 10 or more offensive boards in 12 of 18 games this season.
- In conference play, Kennesaw State enters Saturday's game third in the league in rebounding, hauling in 34.0 total rebounds per game. Through three ASUN contests, Isaac Mbuyamba is hauling in 7.3 RPG, which ranks seventh in the conference. 
- Dishing the rock has been a key for the Owls in their three wins this season. In those victories, they average 17.3 APG, compared to just 10.8 on the season. They have recorded double-digit assists in eight of their last 10 contests. 
- The Owls have been getting to the line in conference play. The rank second in the ASUN in free-throws made per game with a mark of 14.3. Against Liberty, the Owls went 19-22 from the free-throw line. 
- Bryson Lockley has posted three double-doubles, including one in the conference opener at NJIT of 11 points and 14 rebounds. The forward has increased his PPG from 3.7 to 6.6, while his RPG have gone up from 3.4 to 7.1 this season.
-The Owls rank sixth in the ASUN in blocks per game with a mark of 2.8 BPG. Isaac Mbuyamba (8th, 1.0) and Antonio Spencer (14th, 0.7) both rank in the top-15 for blocks.

Liberty Flames (15-4; 4-0)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Florida* (1/19 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. North Alabama* (1/21 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- After taking down Stetson, 69-53 on Wednesday night, Liberty moved to 4-0 in conference play for just the second time in program history. They look to start 5-0 for just the second time in school history when they host North Florida on Saturday. The Flames began league play at 5-0 in 2011. 
- Saturday's contest will mark the second-ever matchup between Liberty and North Florida, with the Ospreys taking the inaugural meeting in November of 2014. The Flames come into the matchup riding a five game win streak and winners of six of their last seven. 
- 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 14.3 PPG and 8.5 RPG. He also leads the league in FG percentage at 71.1 percent. 
- Junior Caleb Homesley tied a team-high with 12 points in Liberty's midweek win over Kennesaw State with 12 points and seven rebounds. Since becoming a regular starter on Dec. 15th, Homesley has averaged 12.8 PPG over the last nine contests. 
- Darius McGhee, a four-time ASUN Newcomer of the Week winner, is averaging 10.7 PPG this season, which would be the fourth highest average ever by a Liberty freshman. 
- Liberty has four of the top three-point shooters in the ASUN. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz leads the conference in 3-PT field goal percentage at 53.1 percent. Elijah Cuffee is not far behind in second at 51.5, while Lovell Cabbil and McGhee come in at ninth and tenth at 36.9 and 36.8 percent respectively. 
- Balanced scoring has been a key for the Flames this season as three players are averaging 10.0 PPG or more including James (12.6), Homesley (10.8), McGhee (10.7. Cabbil is not far off at 9.9 PPG.
- Liberty's pack-line defense has been stellar this season, as they are holding opponents to 59.3 PPG, which is best in the ASUN. In their 15 victories this season, the Flames are surrendering just 53.5 PPG.

Lipscomb Bisons (13-4; 4-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Kennesaw State* (1/21 - 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+); vs. FGCU* (1/24 - 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
- Lipscomb is back in action on Monday when they host Kennesaw State. The Bisons hold the all-time series 19-7. Lipscomb has won the last four matchups by an average of 11.3 points. 
- In the latest contest between the Bisons and Owls on February 22nd, 2018, Rob Marberry notched a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. 
- Marberry sits with 1,193 points in his three-year Lipscomb career, which ranks 119th in conference history. He needs 26 points to crack the top-100. Nathan Moran owns 1,083 career points as he is tied for 153rd & can move into the top-125 with 70 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 2,017 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 31 rebounds to move into 10th all-time passing Georgia Southern's Jeff Sanders.
- Mathews poured in a career-high 43 points in Lipscomb's 86-71 win against Kennesaw State on January 6th of last year. He sits as one of two active ASUN players with a 40-point game.
- Lipscomb sits 4-0 in league play for the first time since the 2014-15 season when the Bisons opened with an identical mark. Lipscomb can start 5-0 for the first time in program history with a win on Monday against Kennesaw State.
- Lipscomb is tied with Liberty atop the league with 4-0 marks, while both teams also sit with six road victories on the season. NJIT leads the league with seven road wins.

NJIT Highlanders (13-5; 1-2)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (1/19 - 4 PM - ESPN+); at North Florida (1/24 - 7 PM - ESPN+) 
- The Highlanders are back at home on Saturday and welcome the Dolphins to the WEC. NJIT is tied 3-3 in the all-time series with Jacksonville, but has lost the last two contests in the series at home. 
- NJIT is coming off its lowest offensive output of the season when they scored 52 points against Lipscomb in midweek. The Highlanders average 71.6 PPG at home this season and are 6-2 at the WEC. 
- Zach Cooks was the lone Highlander to reach double figures with 11 points last time out. The sophomore guard now has 15 consecutive games with double-digit scoring to lead NJIT's offense. 
- Mohamed Bendary provided some good contributions off the bench with nine points and six board last time out. His six rebounds are the most in a game for him since Nov. 9 when he had 10 vs. Binghamton.    
- The Highlanders love to shoot the three ball as they are averaging 22.7 three-point attempts per game this season in conference play. Their highest single-game total in attempts this year is 30 against Houston on Dec. 29.  
- Diandre Wilson and Cooks are combining for 5.0 steals per game in conference play. Wilson leads the league with 2.7 steals per game, while Cooks is tied for second at 2.3 SPG in league action. 
- Abdul Lewis loves the matchup against the Jacksonville Dolphins. Last season, the senior forward averaged 14.0 PPG and 12.0 RPG against JU, including a 16 points, 14 rebound effort at the WEC. 
- It will be a quick turnaround for the Highlanders as they travel to North Florida on Monday night. They are 2-5 in the all-time series against the Ospreys, including one victory last year during the regular season.   

North Alabama Lions (6-13; 3-1)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
Next Two Games: vs. Stetson* (1/19 - 3:30 PM CT - ESPN+); at Liberty* (1/21 - 6 PM CT - ESPN+)
- The Lions have been one of the hottest teams in the league as they are riding a three-game win streak into Saturday's game vs. Stetson. It marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides. 
- Christian Agnew was one of the stars in UNA'a first Division I road win in midweek at Jacksonville. The freshman scored a career-high 26 points in the 91-88 win. It was his second 20-point game of the season.  
- Jamari Blackmon was the other star of the victory as he scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half. The freshman leads all rookies with 16.1 PPG and now has three 20-point games on the season. 
- Emanuel Littles was the gobbling up rebounds at Swisher Gym in midweek. He finished with 14 rebounds, his fourth double-digit rebounding game of year. The Lions are 2-2 in those four games. 
- North Alabama's offense was clicking at JU, shooting 54.0 percent from the floor, the first time this season the Lions shot over 50 percent in a game. The shot 48.0 percent from behind the arc in the victory. 
- In conference home games, North Alabama is 2-0 this season and is allowing only 55.5 PPG to the opposition. Offensively, the Lions scoring has gone up in the month of January to 70.0 PPG, compared to 63.6 in December.  
- Senior Kendarius Smith made some timely three-pointers in the win at Jacksonville. He made three triples, the sixth time this season that he connected on three or more shots from behind the arc for North Alabama.   
- North Alabama will head to Liberty on Monday night in a battle of the two newest ASUN Conference members. They will have their work cut out for them as they face the toughest defense in the conference, as the Flames allow only 59.4 points per game. 

North Florida Ospreys (9-10; 3-1)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: at Liberty* (1/19 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. NJIT*(1/21 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- North Florida continues its road swing on Saturday evening when they take on Liberty. The Ospreys took the only matchup between both programs back on Nov. 25, 2014, 77-57. North Florida is coming off a 87-77 win at Stetson on Wednesday.  
- Noah Horchler is averaging 15.8 PPG in conference play, which ranks fifth in the ASUN. The junior forward leads the conference with nine double-doubles this season and is averaging 15.4 PPG and a conference best 9.7 RPG. 
- The #BirdsofTrey have been out in ASUN play as UNF drilled 51 threes in three league games, including 13 against Stetson on Wednesday. The Ospreys rank second in the league in threes per game at 9.2. JT Escobar is knocking down 2.7 threes per game, which leads the ASUN.
- Since 2015-16, UNF has made 13 or more triples vs. an ASUN opponent 15 times. They hold a 13-2 record in those games. The Ospreys have drained 13 or more threes four times this season, including three times in ASUN play. 
- Garrett Sams is averaging 12.6 PPG this year for the Ospreys, which ranks second on the team behind Horchler. The junior has been in double-figure scoring in 14 of 18 games this season, including the last five games for UNF.  Sams currently sits only 62 points away from 1,000 for his career at 938. 
- North Florida has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack recently, as their five starters have average double-figures over the last five games; Horchler (15.8 PPG), Sams (15.4 PPG), Ivan Gandia-Rosa (14.2 PPG), Wajid Aminu (14.2 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 7.5 APG, and overall leads the conference in the category at 5.6 APG. On Wednesday, Gandia-Rosa dished out a season-high nine assists in the win over Stetson.
- Aminu and Horchler rank first and second among all active ASUN players for career blocks. Aminu has swatted away 101 shot attempts in his three-year career, while Horchler has totaled 88 in his two years as an Osprey.

Stetson Hatters (4-14; 0-3)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: at North Alabama* (1/19 - 4:30 PM ET - ESPN+); at FGCU* (1/21 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- Stetson looks to snap a three-game losing streak when travel to North Alabama on Saturday. It marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides. The Hatters are looking for their first road win of the season.
- Leo Goodman scored 17 points to lead the Hatters in their midweek game against North Florida. That mark was a new season-high for the senior forward, who increased his season scoring average up to 8.7 PPG in conference play. 
- Christiaan Jones continues to provide scoring punch off the bench for Stetson as he tallied 14 points. His 11.4 PPG leads the Hatters team entering Saturday's contest against the UNA Lions. 
- Abayomi Iyiola recorded three blocks against the Ospreys and is now averaging 1.7 blocks per game against ASUN competition. His 21 total blocks this season rank him fifth in the conference.    
- Stetson's offense looks for a spark on the road where they are averaging 64.3 PPG compared to 76.9 PPG at home. They are shooting only 37.3 percent from the floor in road contests this season.
- Marques Sumner recorded his eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season in midweek. He scored 12 points and now ranks third on the team with 8.1 PPG for the season.    
- The Hatters are only committing 10.7 turnovers per game in conference play, which is the best mark in the ASUN. They only turned the ball over five times in midweek vs. North Florida, a new season-low for Stetson.  
- Stetson travels to FGCU on Monday to complete a quick two-game road trip. The Hatters trail in the all-time series 19-7, with their last victory coming Feb. 25, 2016 at home. The last time Stetson won at Alico Arena was Feb. 17, 2012.

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