ATLANTA, Ga. - Liberty and Lipscomb kept their unblemished ASUN Conference Men's Basketball records in tact with home victories on Monday night, while NJIT went on the road to earn a key league victory. FGCU earned its second-straight ASUN victory after another strong performance by their leading scorer.
ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Results: Jan. 21st
NJIT 76, North Florida 72
FGCU 87, Stetson 65
Liberty 72, North Alabama 47
Lipscomb 86, Kennesaw State 57
NJIT picked up its second straight win on Monday night, as they took down North Florida in an exciting game. Abdul Lewis poured in his second straight monster performance with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Zach Cooks came up in the clutch for the Highlanders, as he scored 18 points and sank what proved to be the game winner, when he drilled a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to give NJIT a 73-70 win. Diandre Wilson had a strong performance, as he played all 40 minutes, as he scored 17 points and dished out seven assists. The Highlanders came up huge at the free throw line. They shot 18-24 from the charity stripe. North Florida had four players in double figures, led by Ivan Gandia-Rosa who scored 18 points and dished out six assists. NJIT continues its stay in Florida when they travel to Stetson on Thursday night, while North Florida will take on crosstown rival Jacksonville at UNF Arena.
FGCU cruised to its second-straight conference victory as the Eagles outscored Stetson, 55-30, in the first half and led by as many as 42 points with 12 minutes left in the second. Schadrac Casimir's 21 points were most on the night for FGCU, while four others added double-figure scoring including 13 from Christian Carlyle. As a team, the Eagles knocked down 10 triples with five coming from Casimir. A trio of Hatters registered 11 points in the loss with Keith Matthews, Jalen Crutchfield and Ricardo Lynch.
For the first time in program history, the Liberty Flames are 6-0 in conference play, besting their previous mark of 5-0 set back in 2011. The Flames moved to 6-0 by taking down fellow ASUN newcomer, North Alabama, 72-47 at the Vines Center on Monday night. Lovell Cabbil had a breakout performance, scoring a season-high 20 points on 5-6 shooting and 8-9 from the free throw line, while pulling down five boards. Caleb Homesley continued his strong play, as he scored 15 points on 6-9 from the field, and was one rebound away from a double-double with nine. Christian Agnew and Jamari Blackmon led the way for UNA with 13 point a piece. Liberty will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins. North Alabama returns home to Flowers Hall on Thursday to take on Kennesaw State.
Lipscomb led from nearly start to finish to earn its fifth conference win and remain undefeated in ASUN action. Garrison Mathews poured in 25 points to lead all scorers as the senior guard made 10 free throws and finished 7-of-14 from the floor. Eli Pepper nearly tallied a double-double with nine points and 11 boards, while Rob Marberry tacked on 14 points. Tyler Hooker posted a team-high 18 points in the loss, while Bobby Parker added 12.