The River City Rumble Highlights @ASUNMBB Midweek Action

The River City Rumble Highlights @ASUNMBB Midweek Action


Weekly Notes Packet Conference Stats

ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball midweek action wraps up on Thursday evening with a slate of four games. Crosstown rivals, Jacksonville and North Florida, battle in round one of the River City Rumble at UNF Arena. NJIT looks to extend its winning streak to three when they pay a visit to Stetson.

North Alabama returns to Flowers Hall, where they are 6-1 on the year, to host Kennesaw State. FGCU and Lipscomb round out the night's action in a rematch of the 2018 ASUN Championship Final. The Bisons also look to remain undefeated in conference play. 

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FGCU Eagles (7-13; 2-3)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb* (1/24 - 7:30 PM - ESPN+); vs. North Florida* (1/27 - 5 PM - ESPN+)
- The Eagles travel to Lipscomb on Thursday night looking for their third consecutive victory in Nashville in the series. FGCU trails the all-time series 13-9, but four of those nine wins have come at Allen Arena against the Bisons.
- Schadrac Casimir has been on fire in the last two games for the Eagles. He scored 34 points at Kennesaw State, then followed that up with 21 in a win vs. Stetson. The guard has made 11-of-18 from behind the arc in this stretch.
- For the fifth time this season, FGCU's offense shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in its victory vs. Stetson. The Eagles post a 4-1 mark this season when shooting that percentage from the field.
- Sophomore Brian Thomas got his second start of the season and responded going 6-for-7 from the floor for a season-high 12 points against the Hatters. In conference play, he is shooting 76.5 percent from the field.
- FGCU continues to do damage at the free throw line this season. They lead the ASUN with 20.8 FT attempts in league play, while ranking third with 14.4 FT makes against ASUN opposition.
- The Eagles have three road wins on the season. In those three victories, the offense is averaging 81.3 PPG. In conference play so far, FGCU has produced 68.8 PPG as they look to even their league record with a win at Lipscomb.
- Defensively, the Eagles are averaging 8.4 steals per game in conference play, the best mark in the league. During the current two-game win streak FGCU is up to 9.0 steals per contest.
- The Eagles committed a season-low seven turnovers in their victory against Stetson on Monday night. It marked just the second time this season that FGCU had single digit turnovers, the other time coming on
Nov. 16 against South Dakota St.

Jacksonville Dolphins (8-12; 1-4)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: at North Florida* (1/24 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Liberty* (1/27 - 2 PM - ESPN+)
- Jacksonville readies for the River City Rumble on Thursday as the Dolphins head over to UNF Arena where JU sits with an even 7-7 record vs. the Ospreys. The Dolphins hold the advantage in the all-time series,
17-13, and claimed both meetings last year.
- Both contests last year vs. UNF were tightly contested as Jacksonville came away with a 90-86 win at UNF before holding on for an 86-81 triumph in Swisher Gymnasium to wrap up the regular season.
- Thursday's game vs. North Florida features the top-two three-point shooting teams in league play as the Ospreys connect on 39.3 percent of their shots from deep compared to 38.6 for Jacksonville.
- Jace Hogan and Jalyn Hinton dominated for Jacksonville last year vs. the Ospreys as Hogan averaged 22 PPG, while Hinton added 19 PPG. The Dolphins shot over 50 percent as a team in both contests.
- Tyreese Davis topped the scoring for JU in their last game as he scored a career-best 20 points against NJIT. He has scored at least nine points in each league contest to average 13.4 PPG in ASUN action.
- With 5.6 blocks per game, the Dolphins continue to lead the league in that category. They had six against NJIT, the 11th time this season that Jacksonville finished a game with six or more blocks on the defensive end.
- JD Notae and Hogan both rank in the top-10 of the ASUN for scoring this season as the tandem combines to average 28.8 PPG. In league play, Notae is leading the team in scoring at 14.6 PPG, eighth-best in the ASUN.
- On Sunday, Jacksonville welcomes Liberty to Swisher Gymnasium for a rematch of their Jan. 12th loss to the Flames. Notae led the team in scoring with 15 but the Dolphins were held to 40.8 percent shooting from the field.

Kennesaw State Owls (3-17; 0-5)
Next Two Games: at North Alabama* (1/24 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. North Florida* (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- The Owls travel to Florence, Ala. to take on one of the ASUN newcomers in North Alabama on Thursday. The Owls hold a 2-0 lead in the all-time series, with the both victories coming in the 2003-04 season, when the
Owls won the Division II National Championship.
- Kennesaw State heads into Thursday's road game looking for its first road win of the season. The offense is scoring 57.5 PPG on the road, compared to 63.7 PPG at the Convocation Center. 
- Five Owls players are averaging 7.0 PPG or more this season. Tyler Hooker leads the team with 18.6 PPG, which ranks him second in the ASUN. Hooker has made 30 triples, more than he had his first two years
combined (27).
- In conference play, the Owls have been the best team at the charity stripe. They are making 74.0 percent from the foul line, which leads the league. They also make 14.8 FTs on average in conference play, which
ranks them first in the ASUN.
- Freshman Danny Lewis had a strong game against FGCU last week for Kennesaw State, when he scored 16 points. He has now tallied double-digits in four of his 11 games played and has been starting each of the past four contests.
- With 10.9 offensive rebounds per game, Kennesaw State continues to rank in the top three in the ASUN. Bryson Lockley leads the team individually with 48 offensive boards, which puts him fifth in the conference.
- Shooting 35.4 percent from behind the arc, Kosta Jankovic is the Owls best three-point shooting threat. He is averaging 8.4 PPG this season, which would be a new career-high for the senior forward.
- The last time Kennesaw State traveled to North Alabama, it was a thrilling game with the Owls winning 63-62. Both schools were Division II members at the time. The Owls look to repeat that success on Thurs-
day at Flowers Hall.

Liberty Flames (17-4; 6-0)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: at Jacksonville* (1/27 - 2 PM - ESPN+); vs. Lipscomb* (1/29 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- After taking down North Florida, 72-47 on Monday night, Liberty moved to 6-0 in conference play for the first time in pro-gram history. The Flames previous best start came back in 2011 when they began league play at 5-0.
- Sunday's contest will mark the second-ever matchup between Liberty and Jacksonville. Liberty won the previous meeting back on January 12th of this year. In that game, Scottie James went for 18 points and nine rebounds, while Caleb Homesley posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
- In Liberty's win over UNA on Monday night Lovell Cabbil poured in a season-high 20 points, while pulling down five boards. Homesley finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Since becoming a regular starter on Dec. 15th, Homesley has averaged 13.1 PPG over the last 11 contests.
- Scottie James has been spectacular all season long, as has raised his play in conference action. In conference play, James is averaging 13.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG. He also leads the league overall in FG percentage at 68.7 percent.
- Darius McGhee, a four-time ASUN Newcomer of the Week winner, is averaging 10.2 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 51.9 percent. Elijah Cuffee is not far behind in third at 49.3, while Lovell Cabbil and McGhee come in at tenth and eleventh at 37.7 and 34.6 percent respectively.
- 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), Homesley (11.2), McGhee (10.3) and Cabbil (10.2). 
- Liberty's pack-line defense has been stellar this season, as they are holding opponents to 59.0 PPG and lowered that to 53.3 in ASUN play, both of which are tops in the league. In their 17 victories this season, the Flames are surrendering just 53.7 PPG.

Lipscomb Bisons (14-4; 5-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: vs. FGCU* (1/24 - 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+); at Stetson* (1/27 - 3 PM CT - ESPN+)
- Lipscomb faces FGCU in a rematch of the 2018 ASUN Championship Final on Thursday. In the conference title game, the Bisons came away with a 108-96 victory behind 33 points from Garrison Mathews and 12
total three's made as a team.
- Lipscomb holds the all-time edge against FGCU, 13-9, and has claimed three of the last four meetings against the Eagles including a 6-4 mark in Allen Arena.
- Marberry sits with 1,207 points in his three-year Lipscomb career, which is tied for 102nd in conference history. He needs 12 points to crack the top-100. Nathan Moran owns 1,092 career points as is alone in 148th. He
can move into the top-125 with 61 more points.
- This month, 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 2,042 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 16 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 is off to a program record start in league play at 5-0 for the first time. The Bisons next three games come against FGCU, Stetson & Liberty.
- Kenny Cooper is one of two active ASUN players alongside Liberty's Lovell Cabbil that own at least 150 career steals and 275 assists. Cooper needs six more assists to crack 300 in his three-year career.

NJIT Highlanders (15-5; 3-2)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
Next Two Games: at Stetson* (1/24 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. North Alabama* (1/27 - 4 PM - ESPN+) 
- The Highlanders head to Stetson on Thursday night looking for back-to-back road wins in the Sunshine State. NJIT trails in the all-time series 4-3 to the Hatters, with only one of those four wins coming at the Edmunds Center.
- Abdul Lewis has brought his game up to another level in the last two victories for NJIT. He's averaging 21.5 PPG and 19.5 RPG for the Highlanders as they look for their fourth win streak of three games or more this season.
- With the help of Lewis, NJIT ranks second in the ASUN in defensive rebounds per game at 30.2 entering Thursday. Four different Highlanders are pulling down 3.0 defensive rebounds per game in league play, led by Lewis' 8.4.
- Diandre Wilson has been the third-highest scorer on the team for most of the season. He is averaging 16.0 PPG in his last two outings, and is shooting over 50.0 percent from behind the arc in his last three games.
- Zach Cooks continues to be the leading scorer in the ASUN. The sophomore guard had 18 points in the win at UNF on Monday and now sits on 18.8 PPG this season. NJIT owns a 9-3 record when Cooks scores 18 or more points this year.
- NJIT offensively ranks fifth in the league shooting 34.9 percent from behind the arc. Defensively, they are holding opponents to only 28.4 percent from three in league play, the best defensive mark in the ASUN.
- Shawndale Jones averaged 8.5 PPG in the regular season series with Stetson last season. He scored 11 points in the meeting at the Edmunds Center, while Shyquan Gibbs was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc
against the Hatters last year.
- With 21.8 three-point attempts per game, NJIT ranks third in the conference during league play in that category. They are making 7.6 threes per contest, which ranks the Highlanders fourth in the ASUN.

North Alabama Lions (7-14; 4-2)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
Next Two Games: vs. Kennesaw State* (1/24 - 6 PM CT - ESPN+); at NJIT* (1/27 - 3 PM CT - ESPN+)
- The Lions have been one of the hottest teams in the league as they have won four of their last five games. They currently sit at 4-2 in ASUN play, good for third place in the league.
- North Alabama welcomes Kennesaw State to Flowers Hall on Thursday night. It will be the third meeting ever between the Lions and Owls. KSU leads the all-time series, 2-0.
- Christian Agnew earned Player and Newcomer of the Week honors this week, as he helped UNA to wins over Jacksonville and Stetson last week. In the Lions win over JU, Agnew poured in a career-high 26 points and lifted the Lions to victory with a half court buzzer-beater against Stetson.
- Agnew's buzzer-beater caught the eye of the rest of the nation, as his play rose to #2 on ESPN Sports Center's top-10 plays.
- Jamari Blackmon was the other star in UNA's victory against Jacksonville, as he scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half. The freshman leads all rookies with 15.5 PPG and has three 20-point games on the season.
- Emanuel Littles has been a rebounding machine in ASUN action, as he's averaging 10.2 RPG, good for second in the conference. In the Lions' win over Stetson last Saturday, the freshman hauled in a career-high 18 boards.
- In conference home games, North Alabama is 3-0 this season and is allowing only 57.5 PPG to the opposition. The Lions are scoring 70.3 PPG in Flowers Hall this season, an eight point improve from when they're on the road.
- North Alabama will head to NJIT on Sunday afternoon. The Lions upset the Highlanders two weeks ago in Florence, Ala. Blackmon and Kendarius Smith both scored a team-high 16 points in UNA's triumph. North Alabama looks to complete the season sweep.

North Florida Ospreys (9-12; 3-3)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (1/24 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at FGCU*(1/27 - 5 PM - ESPN+) 
- North Florida finishes off its quick two-game home stand on Thursday night when they welcome crosstown rival, Jacksonville into UNF Arena for the River City Rumble. JU leads the all-time series 17-13, but the Ospreys have won five of the last six at UNF Arena.
- Noah Horchler is averaging 15.3 PPG in conference play, which ranks ninth in the ASUN. The junior forward leads the conference with 10 double-doubles this season and is averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.8 RPG, good for second in the league.
- The #BirdsofTrey have been out in ASUN play as UNF leads the way with 11.3 threes made per game. The Ospreys rank second overall in the league in threes per game at 9.1. JT Escobar is knocking down 2.6 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 12.3 PPG this year for the Ospreys, which ranks second on the team behind Horchler. The junior has been in double-figure scoring in 16 of 21 games this season. Sams currently sits only 44 points away from 1,000 for his career at 956.
- North Florida has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack this season, as as all five starters average double figures; Horchler (15.3 PPG), Sams (12.3 PPG), Ivan Gandia-Rosa (11.0 PPG), Wajid Aminu (11.0 PPG) and JT Escobar (10.3).
- Gandia-Rosa's assist production has seen an uptick since the beginning of conference play. In conference play he's averaging 8.0 APG, and overall leads the conference in the category at 5.6 APG. Against Jacksonville last season, he averaged 15.0 PPG and dished out 6.0 APG in two games. 
- Aminu and Horchler rank first and second among all active ASUN players for career blocks. Aminu has swatted away 105 shot attempts in his three year career, while Horchler has totaled 89 in his two years as an Osprey.

Stetson Hatters (4-16; 0-5)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: vs. NJIT* (1/24 - 7 PM ET - ESPN+); vs. Lipscomb* (1/27 - 5 PM - ESPN+) 
- The Hatters look to bounce back and snap a five-game losing streak when they host NJIT. Stetson leads the all-time series 4-3 and is riding a three-game winning streak in the series against the Highlanders. 
- Sophomore Keith Matthews registered his fourth double-digit performance of the season when he scored 11 at FGCU on Monday night. He is averaging 6.3 PPG in conference play so far this season.
- Stetson has pulled down double-digit offensive rebounds in four straight games. They are averaging 12.3 ORPG overall, which leads the league, while pulling down 10.6 in conference play which ranks them second.
- Freshman Jalen Crutchfield has his best offensive performance of his Stetson career in the game at FGCU. Crutchfield made 3-of-5 from behind the arc on his way to 11 points, his first double-digit scoring
output of the season.
- Ricardo Lynch was back in double figures for the first time since Jan. 3rd as he tallied 11 points in Stetson's last game. He knocked down two triples, which ties his single-game high for the season.
- With 7.0 steals per game, Stetson ranks fourth in the category in the ASUN. Jahlil Rawley (1.3) and Kenny Anninye (1.1) combine for 2.4 of those 7.0 steals per game entering Thursday's contest vs. NJIT.
- In last year's 80-67 victory against the Highlanders at the Edmunds Center, Leo Goodman was perfect from the floor. He made 6-of-6, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc on his way to 15 points. He added seven boards as well.
- Christiaan Jones continues to lead the squad with 11.0 PPG. Over the weekend, Jones had a four-game streak of double-digit scoring snapped. He looks to get back on track against NJIT on Thursday.