ATLANTA, Ga. - Sunday's ASUN Conference Men's Basketball action saw three home teams secure victories, while Liberty used a late rally to win on the road. The Flames and Bisons setup a showdown on Tuesday of undefeated teams in the league play. NJIT needed OT, while the Eagles showed poise down the stretch to earn a hard-fought win.
ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Results: Jan. 27th
Liberty 69, Jacksonville 59
Lipscomb 88, Stetson 65
NJIT 76, North Alabama 70 - OT
FGCU 88, North Florida 80
Trailing by 10 points on the road, Liberty rallied to close the game on a 37-17 run to earn a 69-59 victory at Jacksonville. The Flames remain unbeaten in conference play as they improved to 7-0 to set up a showdown with fellow unbeaten Lipscomb on Tuesday. Caleb Homesley's 19 points were most on the day for Liberty as Lovell Cabill chipped in 11 points, four assists and three steals. JD Notae's 15 points were most for the Dolphins in the loss.
NJIT's Donovan Greer's three-point heave with six seconds left in regulation sent the Highlanders and North Alabama into overtime as he evened the game at 65. The Highlanders took over in overtime to secure their fifth conference win of the season and secure the series split vs. the Lions. Zach Cooks registered 21 points in the victory, while Abdul Lewis added 17 points with 13 rebounds. UNA's Kendarius Smith tallied 21 points as UNA dropped to 5-3 in league action.
Lipscomb improved to 7-0 in conference play with a convincing 88-65 victory at Stetson on Sunday afternoon. Garrison Mathews continued his hot scoring form with a game-high 31 points, including five three-pointers. Matt Rose added 13, while Eli Pepper scored 12 points with most of them coming in the second half. The Bisons controlled the tempo early on as they raced out to a 22-5 lead. Mathews scored 15 points in the first eight minutes of the game and Rose had three triples in the first 10 minutes to spark the offense. Playing without Rob Marberry and Kenny Cooper, the Bisons still had enough fire power as Andrew Fleming (9 points) Ahsan Asadullah (8) and Jake Wolfe (8) picked up the slack. Lipscomb led 47-24 at halftime and didn't let the Hatters get back into the game in the second half. Abayomi Iyiola had a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards to lead the Hatters.
It was a hard-fought battle at Alico Arena, but the FGCU Eagles were able to secure the home victory, 88-80 against North Florida. Schadrac Casimir continued to show his offensive firepower with a game-high 33 points. Troy Baxter Jr. added 12 points, while freshman Zach Scott had 13 points for FGCU. The Ospreys got a season-high 25 points from Wajid Aminu and 22 points from Noah Horchler, but it wasn't enough to snap the team's current losing streak. It was a back and forth battle from the start as neither side was able to take a big lead on the other. FGCU took a narrow 45-44 lead into the break, and the second half started with a 7-0 Eagle run, but North Florida answered with an 8-0 run of its own to get right back in the contest. With the game tied 71-71, the Eagles got a jumper from Casimir and then two big buckets from Caleb Catto to push the lead to 78-73. FGCU converted free throws down the stretch to push its ASUN record to 3-4, while sending the Ospreys to a 3-5 mark in league play.
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ASUN Men's Basketball Upcoming Schedule - Tuesday, Jan. 29th
Lipscomb at Liberty, 7 PM (ESPN+)