Hatters, Bisons, Flames & Eagles Collect Ws in Saturday @ASUNMBB Action

Hatters, Bisons, Flames & Eagles Collect Ws in Saturday @ASUNMBB Action


ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball action wrapped up on Saturday, as Stetson, Lipscomb, Liberty and FGCU all collected wins. Stetson earned its first ASUN win of the year, as they downed Kennesaw State. Lipscomb remained perfect in league play by defeating North Alabama. Liberty got back on track by beating NJIT at the Vines Center, while FGCU picked up a big win over Jacksonville. 

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Results: Feb. 2nd
Stetson 92, Kennesaw State 75 
Lipscomb 102, North Alabama 80  
Liberty 77, NJIT 57
FGCU 73, Jacksonville 60

Lipscomb stayed undefeated in league play after a dominating 102-80 win against North Alabama on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Lipscomb becomes the first team to clinch its spot in the 2019 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship. The Bisons came out on fire in the first half as they shot 69.7 percent from the floor and built a 64-36 lead at the break. The last time Lipscomb scored 60 points in the first half was in last year's ASUN Championship Final at FGCU. Kenny Cooper scored 14 of his 16 points in the opening frame, while Garrison Mathews scored 19 points tonight to move into fifth on the ASUN all-time scoring charts. Andrew Fleming scored a career-high 15 points, including going 3-of-4 from behind the arc. North Alabama's Kendall Stafford scored a team-high 18 points for the Lions, who fall to 5-4 in league play. The Bisons got contributions from nearly everybody in the game as the bench scored 52 points tonight. 

Stetson collected its first conference win of the season as the Hatters defeated Kennesaw State 92-75 at the Edmunds Center. Five Hatters finished in double figures as Stetson's offense shot 53.7 percent from the floor in this one. Leo Goodman drilled four triples on his way to a team-high 17 points. Abayami Iyiola had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Jahlil Rawley and Marques Sumner each contributed 14 points to the Hatters offense. Kennesaw State got 18 points from Tyler Hooker, but it wasn't enough as the Owls and Hatters now sit with one league win each. Stetson got out to a good start as they led throughout the first half. After taking a 39-31 lead late in the half, Hooker made a half-court buzzer beater to cut the Kennesaw State deficit to 39-35 at the break. But the Hatters came out on fire in the second half, shooting 58.3 percent and scoring 53 points on their way to the victory. 

Liberty got back in the win column on Saturday night, as they took down NJIT, 77-57 at the Vines Center. The Flames had four players in double figures, led by Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz who scored a game-high 18 points. He was also perfect from deep, as he shot 4-4 on three-pointers. Caleb Homesley and Scottie James posted strong performances. Homesley scored 17 points, while grabbing eight rebounds. James tallied a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Flames dominated NJIT on the boards, as they won the rebounding battle 37-25. NJIT's Abdul Lewis missed out on a double-double by one rebound, as he led with 14 points and nine boards. Liberty will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Stetson. The Highlanders won't be back until next Saturday when they travel to Kennesaw State. 

FGCU picked up a huge on on Saturday night, as they defeated Jacksonville in front of the home crowd at Alico Arena. The Dolphins jumped out to a 16-6 lead, but the Eagles responded as they went on a 19-0 run to take the lead; a lead they would never relinquish. Freshman Zach Scott led the way for the Eagles, as he poured in a team-high 18 points. Schadrac Casimir chipped in with 17 points of his own, while going 3-5 from beyond the arc. The Eagles played stellar defense, as the held the Dolphins to 35 percent from the field and just 29 percent from beyond the arc. JD Notae led Jacksonville with a game-high 22 points, going 5-12 from three. FGCU will take on North Alabama on Wednesday at Alico Arena, while Jacksonville returns to Swisher Gymnasium to host Kennesaw State. 

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
* Lipscomb 9-0 18-4
Liberty 8-1 19-5
NJIT 6-3 18-6
North Alabama 5-4 8-16
FGCU 4-5 9-15
Jacksonville 3-6 10-14
North Florida 3-6 9-15
Kennesaw State 1-7 4-19
Stetson 1-8 5-19

* - Clinched berth in 2019 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship