Liberty Snaps Bisons' Win Streak; FGCU, JU & UNF Add Wins

Liberty Snaps Bisons' Win Streak; FGCU, JU & UNF Add Wins


ATLANTA, Ga. - Wednesday's ASUN Conference Men's Basketball contests brought the league standings closer together as all nine teams sit within a game of another team. Five league gamedays remain in the regular season with Liberty and Lipscomb sitting tied for first place, while three teams are within a game of third place.

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Results: Feb. 13th
Liberty 74, Lipscomb 66
Jacksonville 90, Stetson 73
FGCU 57, NJIT 55
North Florida 80, Kennesaw State 57

Liberty moved into a tie for first place in the conference as the Flames snapped Lipscomb's 11-game win streak and 19-game win streak vs. league foes with a 74-66 victory in Allen Arena on Wednesday night. Five players scored in double figures for Liberty including 17 from Scottie James and 16 by Lovell Cabbil. Caleb Homesley added a double-double on 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Myo Baxter-Bell (11) and Darius McGhee (10) provided scoring off the bench. Rob Marberry tallied a game-high 22 points just ahead of Garrison Mathews with 19 as the Bisons suffered their first conference loss. With the win, Liberty also locked up hosting an ASUN Championship Quarterfinal contest as the Flames are guaranteed a top-four seed in the conference tournament.

Jacksonville completed the season sweep of Stetson on Wednesday night, as they dominated the Hatters en route to a 90-73 victory. The Dolphins enjoyed a balanced attack, as they had four players in double figures. JD Notae led tthe way with 17 points and seven boards. Tyreese Davis stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, five boards and five assists, while Jace Hogan and DeAnthony McCallum chipped in with 15 and 13 points respectively. As a team, the Dolphins shot 53.5 percent and they held the Hatters to just a mere 36.9 percent. Jacksonville lit it up from downtown, as they went 14-29 from three-point land. The 14 threes are the second most for the Dolphins this year, and most in an ASUN Conference contest. Stetson was led by Marques Sumner, who scored 10 points and pulled down seven boards. 

In a battle between FGCU and NJIT for positioning in the ASUN standings, the Eagles came away from the fray victorious, defeating the Highlanders 57-55. The Eagles defense was on full display, as they held NJIT to 55 points, 37.0 percent from the field and a season-low 23.1 percent from three. Schadrac Casimir and Dinero Mercurius provided just enough offense for the Blue and Green, as Casimir led with 15 points, while Mercurius scored 13 points with six boards and two assists. The win helps FGCU improve to 6-6 in ASUN play and into sole possession of fourth place. Abdul Lewis led the Highlanders with 16 points and nine boards on 7-11 from the field. 

North Florida collected its second-straight conference victory with a decisive contest against Kennesaw State ending in an 80-57 final scoreline. Five UNF players tallied double-digit scoring efforts with 19 from Ivan Gandia-Rosa as he added eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals to move UNF to 5-7 in league play. Noah Horchler & Wajid Aminu both registered double-doubles, while Garrett Sams reached 1,000 career points with a 14-point scoring effort. Danny Lewis connected on five three's for KSU in the loss to finish with a team-high 15 points.

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
* Lipscomb 11-1 20-5
* Liberty 11-1 22-5
NJIT 6-5 18-8
FGCU 6-6 11-16
North Alabama 5-6 8-18
Jacksonville 5-7 12-15
North Florida 5-7 11-16
Kennesaw State 2-9 5-21
Stetson 1-10 5-21

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