Second Half of @ASUNMBB Play Continues on Saturday Afternoon

Second Half of @ASUNMBB Play Continues on Saturday Afternoon

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Weekly Notes Packet | Conference Stats

ATLANTA, Ga. - The second half of the ASUN Conference Men's Basketball season continues this weekend with a quartet of games on Saturday. NJIT travels to Kennesaw, Ga. to tangle with Kennesaw State. The Owls will be holding their annual "Pink Day" to raise awareness for breast cancer. Over in Florence, Ala., North Alabama looks to defend its home court, as North Florida comes to town. 

Lipscomb looks to extends its winning streak to 11 games on Saturday when they host Jacksonville in Allen Arena. Liberty and FGCU round out Saturday's action, as the Flames and Eagles clash at the Vines Center at 7 PM ET. 

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FGCU Eagles (10-15; 5-5)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
-  FGCU looks for its sixth conference win of the year when they travel to Lynchburg to take on Liberty on Saturday evening. With a win, the Eagles would move above .500 in ASUN play for the first time this season.
- The Eagles' offense has been more efficient over the last seven games. FGCU has shot 48.5 percent from the field over the last seven contests, including three games shooting 50.0 percent or better.
- FGCU has been shooting the ball well from behind the arc too, shooting higher than 30.0 percent in 10 of their last 11 games. The Eagles have been over 40.0 percent in four of those contests and shot 47.6 percent in Wednesday's win over North Alabama.
- Freshman Zach Scott has led the team in scoring in each of the last two games, guiding the Eagles to two straight wins. He's averaging 17.5 PPG in those two games.
- Schadrac Casimir has upped his play in ASUN action, as he's averaging 18.3 PPG in conference games, which ranks third in the league.
- In the previous matchup with Liberty, Casimir, Zach Scott and RaySean Scott all tallied double-figures. Casimir led the way with 16 points, while Zach Scott chipped in with 12 and RaySean Scott with 13.
- The Eagles ranks second in the ASUN in steals per game (7.5) and third in blocks per game (4.3) during league play. Zach Scott leads the team individually with 1.5 steals per game, while Brian Thomas leads the squad with 1.2 blocks per game.
- In Wednesday's win over North Alabama, Dinero Mercurius went for 16 points, just one off his season-high 17. In conference play, he's averaging 8.7 PPG, which sits third on the team.

Jacksonville Dolphins (11-14; 4-6)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
- Jacksonville begins a two-game road trip on Saturday when they head north to Nashville to battle with Lipscomb. The Bisons lead the all-time series 20-15 and won the previous meeting this season, 77-74. The Dolphins look for their first win at Lipscomb since January of 2014.
- The Dolphins come in to Saturday's matchup off a come from behind victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday. Jacksonville outscored the Owls by 19 in the second half to erase a 15-point second half deficit.
- Sophomore JD Notae has continued to lead the offense for Jacksonville as he sits with 15.5 PPG. He's upped his scoring average to 17.1 PPG in conference action. Over his last five games, the sophomore has averaged 18.6 PPG.
- In the matchup with Lipscomb earlier this season, Notae tallied a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Aamahne Santos contributed with a season-high 17 points in the contest.
- Forward David Bell tallied his third double-double of the season in Wednesday's victory against Kennesaw State. He set season highs in points and rebounds with 17 and 15 respectively.
- Bell has stepped up his game during league play as he pulls down 7.4 RPG and is scoring 9.2 PPG on the offensive end. His field goal percentage of 55.0 ranks him sixth in the ASUN entering this weekend.
- Tyreese Davis, a freshman guard, has averaged 15.0 PPG over his last two games. For the season, he currently averages 10.2 PPG, which is third among all ASUN freshman.
- Two of Jacksonville's four ASUN wins this year have already come on the road. The offense came alive in those two contests, scoring 90 points at Kennesaw State and 86 against North Florida.
- The Dolphins' defense is swatting 5.5 shots per game, which leads the league. They have five or more blocks in seven of nine ASUN games. Their season-high is 13 against South Carolina State on December 1st.

Kennesaw State Owls (4-20; 1-8)
Twitter: @KSUOWLSMBB
-  Kennesaw State looks to avenge an earlier loss to NJIT, as they welcome the Highlanders into the KSU Convocation Center on Saturday. Saturday's contest marks KSU's annual "Pink Day" game, which raises awareness for breast cancer.
- Tyler Hooker continues to be one of the best scorers in the ASUN after scoring 22 points at JU, his eighth game this season with 20 or more points. Hooker ranks second in the league in scoring averaging 19.1 points per game. In conference action, he's averaging 20.2 PPG, including a 33-point effort against North Alabama on January 24th.
- Bobby Parker was on fire from beyond the arc in KSU's last game at Jacksonville, going 6-of-7 from three-point range to tie his career-high while marking the second time this year he's netted five or more three-pointers
- Danny Lewis has been consistent over his last six games, as he's scored 10 or more points in five of his last six outings. Over the past two games, Lewis has shot 5-9 from three-point land, good enough for 55.5 percent.
- The Owls remain one of the top-rebounding teams in the conference, averaging 36.8 boards per game to rank third. In conference play, that average has jumped up to 37.2, which stands second in the league. Three Owls rank among the league's top-20 for rebounds per game, led by Bryson Lockley in fifth averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.
- Isaac Mbuyamba has been a rebounding machine over his last four games. The junior forward, is hauling in 7.0 RPG, including a season-high 12 rebounds against North Alabama.
- In the previous meeting with NJIT, Bryson Lockley recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. He leads the Owls this season with four double-doubles.
- The charity stripe has been kind to the Owls in conference play so far this season. They are shooting 74.0 percent from the foul line, the second-highest mark in the ASUN. The Owls have had five games this season of shooting 80.0 or better.  

Liberty Flames (20-5; 9-1)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
-  The Flames can collect its third season sweep of its inaugural year in the ASUN as Liberty hosts FGCU on Saturday. Ritchie McKay's squad has already defeated Jacksonville and Stetson twice this season.
- In the first meeting vs. FGCU, Liberty came away with a 81-63 victory in Alico Arena led by five players in double figures including 18 by Darius McGhee off the bench. As a team, the Flames shot 57.4 percent from the floor and made 14-of-28 shots from deep.
- Liberty has won at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons for the first time in program history. The Flames program record for wins in a season (28) was set in 1980.
- Forward Scottie James has collected 207 total rebounds this season, which ranks him second in the conference heading into the weekend. He owns eight games this year with double-digit rebounding efforts, which trails only UNF's Noah Horchler (12).
- Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz leads all active ASUN players in career free throw shooting and sits second for three-point percentage. He is connecting on 42.2 percent of his attempts from deep and 86.3 from the charity stripe.
- Lovell Cabbil is the only active player in the ASUN with at least 170 career steals and 325 career assists. He leads all active players for career steals sitting ahead of Lipscomb's Kenny Cooper (156). Cabbil is averaging 2.8 APG & 1.6 SPG this year.
- Liberty continues to have the best scoring defense in the ASUN allowing only 57.0 PPG during conference play. In 10 league games, only Lipscomb (79) and North Florida (64) have been able to score 60+ points against the Flames defense.
- In 13 home games this season, Liberty is averaging 16.5 assists per game helping the Flames to a 12-1 record at the Vines Center. Four players average at least 2.0 APG with Lovell Cabbil leading the squad at 3.2 APG in league play.   

Lipscomb Bisons (19-4; 10-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
- Lipscomb enters Saturday's game as one of ten teams in the NCAA with undefeated conference records. The Bisons' 10-game win streak sits tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.
- With a win vs. Jacksonville, Lipscomb would post its third-straight 20-win season for the first time in the program's Division I history. The Bisons last accomplished the feat in the 2000-01 season as they strung together 18-straight 20+ win seasons starting in the 1983-84 season.
- In the season's first matchup against Jacksonville, Lipscomb collected a 77-74 win to start their 10-game win streak. Playing with Garrison Mathews, four Bisons tallied double-digit points led by 13 from Rob Marberry, while Eli Pepper registered a double-double on 11 points and 12 boards.
- The Bisons own a 20-15 advantage in the all-time series against Jacksonville heading into Saturday's contest. Lipscomb is 13-4 in Allen Arena against the Dolphins and has registered five-straight wins on their home court vs. JU.
- Over the last four games vs. Jacksonville, Eli Pepper is averaging 8.8 PPG & 10.5 RPG including two double-doubles. Pepper sits with 913 career rebounds, which ranks 10th all-time in the league record books. He needs 16 boards to move into ninth place.
- Garrison Mathews earned his 12th career ASUN Player of the Week on Monday; the most in conference history. He leads the ASUN during league play for scoring at 22.9 PPG and three's made per game at 3.8. He needs six more triples to set the ASUN's career three-point field goal made record currently held by Campbell's Adam Feller at 316.
- Lipscomb sits a 10-1 in Allen Arena this season, making them one of two ASUN teams with at least 10 home victories. The Bisons are averaging an astounding 94.2 PPG at home and making 52.8 percent of their field goals as well a 39.8 percent from deep.
- The Bisons have won their last 18 games against conference foes including three en route to last year's ASUN Championship crown. Only two of those 18 games have been decided by three points or less. Lipscomb has outscored its last four league foes by an average of 25.5 points.

NJIT Highlanders (18-6; 6-3)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
-  The Highlanders continue their road swing on Saturday afternoon when they pay a visit to Kennesaw State. NJIT leads the all-time series 5-2.
- NJIT took the matchup earlier this season, as they outscored the Owls by 27 in the second half to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and win, 72-52.
- Last time out against Kennesaw State on Jan. 5th, Zach Cooks led the team in scoring with 19 points followed by Abdul Lewis and Diandre Wilson with 15 points each.
- Lewis has been a force since the beginning of ASUN play. The senior forward is averaging a double-double of 13.3 PPG and 10.2 RPG through nine league games this season. He ranks tied for second in the league in double-doubles with seven.
- Zach Cooks continued his splendid sophomore campaign, as he ranks third in the ASUN with 18.0 PPG and 432 total points scored this season.
- Diandre Wilson (11.1 PPG) and Shyquan Gibbs (8.0) give the Highlanders four proven scorers. Wilson has been in double figures in four of the last six games for the Highlanders heading into Saturday's action.
- NJIT's nine road victories this season are tied for the most in the league currently. With a win on Saturday, they can become just the third team in NCAA to hit double-digit road victories.
- Defensively, NJIT continues to rank in the top-two in scoring defense. They allow only 67.1 PPG. The Highlanders have locked up the three-point line, as opponents are shooting 29.8 percent from deep this season, which is the lowest mark in the ASUN. 

North Alabama Lions (8-17; 5-5)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
- The Lions return to Flowers Hall for a two-game home stand starting on Saturday, as they host North Florida. The Ospreys took the previous meeting back on January 5th.
- In the January 5th meeting, freshman guard Christian Agnew scored 20 points on 9-17 from the field. Agnew is coming off his third 20-point performance of the year, as he scored 23 points in Wednesday's setback at FGCU.
- Agnew sits as the second highest scoring freshman in the league at 11.3 PPG behind teammate Jamari Blackmon, who is averaging 15.3 PPG.
- Blackmon leads the Lions in scoring (15.3), assists (2.7) and steals (1.3). He is just one of three guards in the ASUN to lead his team in all three categories.
- North Alabama leads the ASUN in steals per game during conference play with 7.8. They have recorded eight or more steals in seven of 10 league games.
- The Lions have been a different team inside Flowers Hall this season, as they are averaging 71.0 PPG, as opposed to just 64.0 PPG on the road. North Alabama is 7-1 at home this season, and 4-0 in ASUN play.
- The Lions have played some tightly contested matchups during league play. In each of their five wins, the winning margin has been six points or fewer. North Alabama holds a 5-4 record overall in games decided by six points or less.
- With 10.4 offensive rebounds per game, North Alabama ranks fifth the ASUN in that category. Freshman forward Emanuel Littles has pulled down 64 offensive boards by himself, which ranks him second individually in the ASUN.

North Florida Ospreys (9-16; 3-7)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
- In the Ospreys' first meeting against North Alabama, UNF came away with a 96-76 victory behind 13 made three's and a game-high 23 points by Noah Horchler. North Florida shot 61.7 percent from the field, a season-best, as three others scored at least 15; Gandia-Rosa (16), Aminu (15) and Sams (15).
- Horchler leads the conference in double-double this season as the junior forward is averaging 15.3 PPG & 9.4 RPG good for 11 double-doubles. His 23 career double-doubles leads all active ASUN players and is most in the ASUN since the 1996-97 season.
- The Ospreys rank second in the ASUN for scoring at 75.5 PPG, while UNA enters Saturday's game allowing 74.2 PPG. In league play, UNF has five players averaging at least 10 PPG led by Horchler (15.3) & Aminu (14.0).
- Aminu has scored in double figures in each of UNF's last five games as the junior forward is averaging 15.8 PPG during that stretch and shooting 33-of-51 (64.7%) from the floor.
- Ivan Gandia-Rosa is the quarterback of the Ospreys attack and has dished out six or more assists in four of his last five games. In his two years at UNF, Gandia-Rosa has totaled 348 assists trailing only Lipscomb's Nathan Moran for most by an active player.
- In conference play, North Florida's #BirdsofTrey are averaging 10.5 made threes per game, best in the league. They have made double-digit threes in nine of 24 games this season, and hold a 5-4 record in those outings. 
- With 4.7 blocks per game overall, the Ospreys rank second in that category in the ASUN. In conference play, they are doing the same at 4.5 blocks per game. Aminu has 20 blocks in league action, the most of any ASUN player. 
- North Florida's rebounding has been consistent throughout this season. They are averaging 37.7 RPG this year, second-highest in the league. On the offensive glass, they rank second with 11.5 offensive boards per contest.

Stetson Hatters (5-20; 1-9)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
- Stetson returns to action on Wednesday against Jacksonville in the Edmunds Center. The Hatters fell to the Dolphins earlier in the year, 72-57, despite seven players tallying at least six points in the game.
- The Hatters collected their first conference victory of the season last Saturday in a 92-75 decision against Stetson at home. As a team, Stetson shot 53.7 percent from the field including 9-of-23 (39.1%) from deep. It marked their best shooting performance on field goals for the season.
- Abayomi Iyiola's double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds coupled with 17 points from Leo Goodman in the win vs. KSU. Three others reached double-figure scoring including Marques Sumner (14), Jahlil Rawley (14) and Kenny Aninye (10).
- Stetson nearly pulled off a road upset against Liberty on Tuesday as the Hatters fell to the Flames, 57-54, as a last-second three point missed to tie the contest. The Hatters held Liberty to 37.9 percent shooting and 6-of-31 from deep.
- Iyiola has tallied seven double-doubles this season, which is tied with NJIT's Abdul Lewis for second in the league. The sophomore forward has registered a double-double in three of the last four games and is averaging 12.3 PPG & 9.8 RPG over that stretch.
- Sophomores Christiaan Jones (10.6 PPG) and Iyiola (10.2) are combining for 20.8 PPG this season. They are also the top-two rebounders on the team with Iyiola leading the Hatters at 7.0 RPG.
- Stetson leads the ASUN in league play for offensive rebounds per outing at 11.9 with Iyiola ranking second at 2.7. The Hatters also rank second in steals at 7.3 led by Rawley (1.3), Keith Matthews (1.1) and Aninye (1.1)
- At the Edmunds Center, Stetson is averaging 75.7 PPG compared to 62.8 PPG in road contests. The Hatters are connecting on 43.7 percent of their shot attempts at home compared to 36.9 on the road.