Four @ASUNMBB Contests Tip Tuesday; Bisons Face Belmont for the Boulevard

Four @ASUNMBB Contests Tip Tuesday; Bisons Face Belmont for the Boulevard

Weekly Notes Packet | Conference Stats

 - The first Tuesday of December brings four ASUN Conference Men's Basketball contests to the court with two games set for a 7 PM ET tipoff (NJIT vs. Army & Jacksonville at Presbyterian) as well as two 7 PM CT game times (North Alabama at UAB & Lipscomb at Belmont). 

The Bisons and Highlanders can continue their historic starts with victories, while a win for the Dolphins would even out their record for the season. The Lions fight for their first road victory of the season, taking on an in-state foe. Follow @ASUNMBB on Twitter for live updates throughout the season.

@ASUNMBB Conference Notes
- Hot Starts for ASUN Squads
At 6-1, Lipscomb is off to its best start since 2003-04, while NJIT's 7-2 start is their best as a D-I program and best overall since 2001-02. Liberty is 7-2 for the first time since 2008-09.
Team | Record | Home | Road
Lipscomb | 6-1 | 2-1 | 4-0
NJIT | 7-2 | 3-1 | 4-1
Liberty | 7-2 | 5-0 | 2-2 

- ASUN in NCAA Net Rankings
With Liberty (42) and Lipscomb (59) in the NET top 60, the ASUN trails only the West Coast Conference and the SoCon with three among the top-60.
WCC (3): Gonzaga #3, San Francisco #26, Loyola-Marymount #48
SoCon (3): Furman #36, Wofford #54, UNC-Greensboro #56
ASUN (2): #42 Liberty; #59 Lipscomb

- ASUN Conference Rebranding
When referring to our conference, please use "ASUN Conference" or "ASUN" and refrain from using "Atlantic Sun Conference". The conference underwent a rebranding in April of 2016 which dropped the usage of "Atlantic Sun."

- Active Double-Double Leaders in the ASUN
North Florida's Noah Horchler leads all active ASUN players with 15 double- doubles, including a league-leading four this season. He ranks just ahead of NJIT's Abdul Lewis, who ranks second with 14. Horchler is the only player in the ASUN this season to average a double-double.
Player, Team | Career | Season
Noah Horchler, North Florida | 15 | 4
Adbul Lewis, NJIT | 14 | 1
Scottie James, Liberty | 13 | 2
Eli Pepper, Lipscomb | 10 | 1
Wajid Aminu, North Florida | 10 | 1
Jace Hogan, Jacksonville | 8 | 1
Abayomi Iyiola, Stetson | 7 | 3 

- Active Career Scoring Leaders at Current School
Lipscomb's Rob Marberry recently joined Mathews and Nathan Moran, as well as Liberty's Lovell Cabbil as the only active ASUN players with 1,000 career points at their current school.
Player, Team | Career Points
Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb | 1,868
Lovell Cabbil, Liberty | 1,091
Nathan Moran, Lipscomb | 1,017
Rob Marberry, Lipscomb | 1,011

- Team-By-Team Look

FGCU Eagles (2-8)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Next Two Games: at Oral Roberts (12/5 - 8 PM - ESPN3); at UMBC (12/16 - 7 PM)
Last Two Games: L, 74-56 vs. Colgate; L, 81-80 vs. FIU
- FGCU has five non-conference games before opening conference play on January 5th against Liberty. The Eagles will tangle at Oral Roberts, UMBC and with Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic on December 22nd.
- The Eagles have had four different leading scorers in their last four games courtesy Christian Carlyle, Haanif Cheatham, Brady Ernst and Zach Scott.
- FGCU needs four more wins to reach 200 as a D-I program. The Eagles are 310-213 all-time as a program.
- The Eagles rank third in the ASUN in steals at 7.6 SPG. Dinero Mercurius leads the team with 1.9 SPG, while Haanif Cheatham & Schadrac Casimir are not far behind him with 1.2 and 1.1 SPG.
- Cheatham leads the team in scoring this season at 13.2 PPG, which ranks eighth in the ASUN. He's turned out two 20-point games this season; 23 pts vs. South Dakota St. & 20 pts at FAU.
- Between stops at Marquette and FGCU, Cheatham has scored 842 career points. He needs just 158 more to eclipse the 1,000 mark for his career.
- FGCU ranks third in the ASUN in three-point field goal percentage with a mark of 32.0%. The Eagles have two players in the top-five with Zach Scott (47.8%) & Schadrac Casimar (40.8%).
- After missing the first seven games to start the season, RaySean Scott Jr. has returned to the fold for the Eagles averaging 8.3 PPG and 8.7 RPG, which includes a double-double against FIU with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Jacksonville Dolphins (4-5)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: at Presbyterian (12/4 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Bethune-Cookman (12/15 - 6 PM)
Last Two Games: W, 71-69 vs. South Carolina State; L, 77-65 at Western Carolina
- Jalyn Hinton leads the league and ranks fifth in the NCAA, swatting away 3.3 shots per game after his eight block outing vs. South Carolina State. David Bell is adding 1.1 BPG, which sits fifth in the league.
- JD Notae has led the Dolphins in scoring in three of the last four contests including a 40-point outing on Nov. 21st and a 20-point in JU's 74-66 win vs. Chattanooga
- The Dolphins hit the road for four of their next five games, including trips to Presbyterian, Bethune-Cookman, Notre Dame and Indiana.
- Jacksonville sits six victories away from 1,000 wins in program history. The Dolphins all-time record in 994-915 with their first year of play coming in 1948-49 season.
- JD Notae & Jace Hogan needs one more 20-point game to reach 10 in their JU career. Currently, only three ASUN student-athletes own double-digit 20-point games in their careers. This season they are averaging 15.0 PPG and 12.3 respectively.
- As a team, Jacksonville ranks third in the ASUN in free-throw percentage at 72.2%. DeAnthony McCallum is tops in the league in the category having made 21 of 23 attempts (91.3%), while Hogan 75.8% (ninth) and Notae 74.2% (10th).
- Freshman guard Tyreese Davis posted a game-high 14 points in JU's victory against South Carolina St. It marked a season-high for him, as he has not posted four double-digit games.
- 77.6% of Jalyn Hinton's shots this season have come at the rim. He has cashed in on 78.9% of those attempts.

Kennesaw State Owls (1-8)
Next Two Games: at Gardner-Webb (12/13 - 5:30 PM, ESPN+); vs. Tennessee Tech (12/15 - 4 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 78-52 vs. Hofstra; L, 84-51 at Georgia
- Tyler Hooker is first in the conference for total points with 148 as the junior guard is tied for scoring average with Lipscomb's Garrison Mathews at 18.5 PPG.
- Hooker and the Owls host Hofstra on Saturday at the KSU Convocation Center where he is averaging 27.5 PPG after tallying 25 in the season opener and adding 30 points against Belmont on Nov. 24th.
- Hooker along with Bryson Lockley are second and third in the ASUN for minutes played at 35.6 & 33.4, respectively. Against Georgia on Tuesday, Lockley tallied 10 points joining Hooker (11) and Ugo Obineke (12) as the only Owls in double-figure scoring.
- Lockley pulled down a double-double against the Bulldogs as he added 11 rebounds in the contest. He is the only active Kennesaw State student-athlete with a double-double in his career at KSU.
- Lockley is averaging 6.5 RPG - fifth-best in the ASUN - and grabbing 2.9 of those boards on the offensive end. As a team, the Owls are grabbing 11.4 offensive rebounds per game trailing only Stetson (15.1) and North Alabama (11.5) within the conference.
- Five of KSU's next six contests take place within the Peach State as the Owls host Hofstra, Tennessee Tech, Elon and Southeastern, while taking a trip down I-75 on Dec. 28th to square off against Georgia Tech.
- The Owls are ranked in the top-100 in opponents FG% at the rim. Antonio Spencer leads the team in blocks, averaging 1.0 per game.
- Ugo Obineke has been money in the mid-range game this season, as he's shooting 47.8% on two-point jump shots.

Liberty Flames (7-2)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: vs. South Carolina State (12/11 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Kentucky Christian (12/15 - 2 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 88-78 at Georgetown; W, 78-52 vs. Georgia State
- Darius McGhee earned ASUN Newcomer of the Week honors for the second straight week. McGhee has connected on at least one three-pointer in all nine of Liberty's contests and made five trifectas this season against Navy and Georgetown.
- Liberty is first in the ASUN for three-point percentage at 36.9 and threes per game at 10.3. Three Flames sit inside the top-10 individually for threes made per games starting with McGhee (2.9; 1st), Elijah Cuffee (2.1, t6) and Lovell Cabbil (1.7, t10th).
- Liberty Head Coach Ritchie McKay recently earned his 100th career victory as the Flames' frontman after posting a 26-point victory vs. Savannah State. He is one of two current ASUN Head Coaches with 100 victories at their current program joining UNF's Matthew Driscoll (151).
- Lovell Cabbil continues to move up the career scoring charts at Liberty as the senior guard owns 1,091 career points. He needs 10 points vs. South Carolina St. on December 11th to pass Cliff Webber for 22nd all-time in the Flames' record books.
- With 13 double-doubles in his Liberty career, Scottie James sits third amongst active ASUN players, trailing only UNF's Noah Horchler (15) and NJIT's Abdul Lewis (14). This season James is averaging 12.6 PPG and 9.2 RPG.
- James tallied a career-high 17 rebounds in Liberty's 26-point thrashing of Georgia State. It sits tied for most in the ASUN this season with Lipscomb's Eli Pepper, who also tallied 17 against Tennessee State.
- Liberty ranked second in the ASUN in scoring at 79.9 PPG. The Flames have six players averaging at least 8.5 PPG. Led by James (12.6), McGhee (12.3), Cabbil (10.3), Cuffee (10.2).
- The Flames own the stingiest defense in the ASUN allowing only 59.7 PPG, 8.3 ahead of second place NJIT. Liberty has held six of their nine opponents this season to 58 points or less.

Lipscomb Bisons (6-1)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: at Belmont (12/4 - 7 PM CT - ESPN+); vs. Navy (12/9 - 1:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 84-74 at MTSU; W, 87-55 vs. Morehead State
- Garrison Mathews sits with 1,868 career points, which ranks 14th in the ASUN history books. He can pass 2015 ASUN Player of the Year with 17 points against Belmont on Tuesday night. He's averaging 20.0 PPG.
- In the first meeting with Belmont, the Bisons fell 87-83 in Allen Arena despite 27 points from Mathews and 18 from Kenny Cooper. Lipscomb leads Belmont all-time in the Battle of the Boulevard with a record of 75-68.
- The Bisons has won their last nine road games dating back to last sea- son, including a 4-0 mark this year. Lipscomb is averaging 80.8 PPG on the road this season, while holding their opponents to 65.5 PPG. The Bisons are one of two in the nation with at least 4-0 road record, joining Stony Brook.
- The Bisons enter the Belmont contest on a four-game win streak and sit at 6-1 on the year, giving Lipscomb their best start since the 2004- 05 season. With their win over Middle Tennessee St. on Saturday the Bisons picked up win No. 1400 in their program history.
- With his 12-point outing against MTSU, Rob Marberry became the 186th player in ASUN history to reach 1,000 points for his career. He is one of three Bisons to reach the 1,000-point plateau joining Garrison Mathews and Nathan Moran (1,017).
- The Bisons are averaging an ASUN-best 84.2 PPG, which is 4.2 points higher than second place Liberty. Lipscomb also ranked first in scoring offense the last two years in the league at 82.1 (2018) and 85.0 (2017).
- Ahsan Asadullah and Eli Pepper both rank in the top-10 for rebound- ing and field goal percentage. Pepper is grabbing 7.3 RPG and shooting 67.7%, while the freshman Asadullah is hauling 5.4 RPG and connecting on 55.5% of his shots this season.
- The Bisons posted back-to-back 20-win seasons over the past two years for the first time in its NCAA Division I history. Lipscomb's 23 wins last year registered as a program D-I best. Since the 2016-17 season, the Bisons own a combined 48-24 mark.

NJIT Highlanders (7-2)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
Next Two Games: vs. Army West Point (12/4 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (12/8 - 4 PM - ESPN+)
Last Two Games:  L, 94-71 at UMass Lowell; W, 70-67 at Drexel
- Zach Cooks has taken the next step in his career as the sophomore guard is averaging 18.1 PPG & a league-best 2.9 steals. Last year, Cooks produced 8.5 PPG & 1.6 SPG. Over the past five games, he has tallied four games with at least 22 points and has totaled 15 steals.
- Abdul Lewis recorded his 14th career double-double with NJIT in the Highlanders' road victory vs. Drexel. He trails only UNF's Noah Horchler (15) in the category. Lewis is averaging 8.8 PPG and 6.4 RPG in five contests this season.
- The Highlanders sit second in the conference for scoring defense, holding their foes to 68.0 PPG trailing only Liberty (59.7). Last year, NJIT allowed 73.2 PPG which also ranked second in the conference.
- NJIT's 7-2 start to the year is the best for the program in their D-I era and best overall since the 2001-02 season. The Highlanders winning percentage of .778 is tied for 38th best in the NCAA. NJIT's next two games take place at home.
- The Highlanders are 3-1 at home this season, while senior Shyquan Gibbs 13.5 PPG in the building. He is shooting 37.5% from deep at the WEC, compared to 25.0% on the road. As a team, NJIT shoots 34.9% on their home court compared to 30.4% on the road.
- Heading into Tuesday's contests vs. Army, three Highlanders are averaging at least 11 PPG with Cooks (18.1), Diandre Wilson (12.4) and Shyquan Gibbs (11.3). Of the three, only Wilson averaged double figures last season at 10.2 PPG.
- The Highlanders are 4-1 against teams from the state of New York with wins against Colgate, Binghamton, Wagner and LIU-Brooklyn. NJIT's next three contest come against teams from The Empire State, including Army, St. Francis Brooklyn and Fordham
- The Highlanders are tied for 67th nationally in opponent's field goal percentage at the rim this season at 54.4.

North Alabama Lions (2-6)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
Next Two Games: at UAB (12/4 - 7 PM CT, CUSA.TV); vs. Huntingdon (12/13 - 12 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 76-65 at Jacksonville State; L, 80-59 at Toledo
- Jamari Blackmon has been a star so far in his freshman year for the Lions as he is averaging 17.0 PPG, which ranks fourth in the ASUN. Blackmon's average is the highest best an ASUN freshman since Camp- bell's Jonathan Rodriguez finished the 2006-07 season with 17.3 PPG.
- Blackmon has tallied at least 12 points in each of his first eight games and is averaging 21.0 PPG in home contests this year. His free-throw percent- age of 90.4 aides his cause as he has made 47 of 52 from the charity stripe.
- As a team, North Alabama is making 8.4 three pointers each game, which is second-best in the league behind Liberty (10.3). Blackmon is second in the ASUN at 2.6 made per game and Kendarius Smith ranks fifth with 2.1 & Kendall Stafford is 12th hitting 1.6.
- Stafford has recorded double-digit games in each of his last two games including a season-high 13 against Toledo. For the season, he averaging 8.4 PPG, which includes four double-figure outputs.
- Including Tuesday night's contest at UAB, the Lions are on the road for seven of their next eight games, including trips to UNC-Greensboro (12/15), No. 1 Gonzaga (12/28) and their ASUN opener at North Florida on January 5th.
- Along with JU's JD Notae, Kendarius Smith is one of two players in the ASUN to averaging at least 11.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 2.5 APG. Against Jacksonville State he recorded 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
- UNA's 1,089 in its program history sits as the third-most among active ASUN teams, trailing Lipscomb (1,400) and Stetson (1,247)
- The Lions are tied for 31st nationally in percentage of three-pointers taken, as 46.3 percent of their shots this season have come from behind the arc this season.

North Florida Ospreys (4-5)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: at Minnesota (12/11 - 9 PM, BTN); at FIU (12/13 - 7 PM - CUSA.TV)
Last Two Games: W, 76-70 at Charleston Southern; W, 81-62 vs. Florida A&M
- Head Coach Matthew Driscoll picked up his 150th career victory as UNF's head coach last week when the Ospreys took down Florida A&M. Only seven other coaches have reached that mark during their time as coaches in the ASUN Conference.
- Noah Horchler sits with four double-doubles on the season, as the junior forward is averaging 16.0 PPG & 10.4 RPG. Kennesaw State's Aubrey Williams was the last ASUN player to average a double-double for the season coming back in 2016-17 season.
- Aside from a home contest against Charleston Southern December 14th, four of their next five contests take place away from UNF Arena, including trips to Minnesota, FIU, No. 11 Florida State and No. 8 Auburn.
- After six of their first seven contests took place away from UNF Arena, the Ospreys return for a home contest against Florida A&M on Thursday. North Florida owns a 47-12 record on their home court since the 2014- 15 season.
- Ivan Gandia-Rosa is atop the ASUN charts for assists, averaging 5.2 per contest this season after dishing out 6.2 APG last year. Gandia-Rosa's top assist outing this season came in UNF's 19-point victory against Florida A&M when he served up eight assists.
- The Ospreys are hitting 70.8 percent of their free-throw attempts this season, which is fourth in the league. UNF has three players in the top- 15 for free-throw percentage, Garrett Sams (83.0; 5th), Trip Day (72.0; 11th) and Wajid Aminu (71.0; 13th) all sit in the top-15 of the ASUN in the category.
- 46.1 percent of Day's shots this season have come at the rim. He has converted on 71.6 percent of those attempts
- JT Escobar's 20 three's made this season, which is tied for third in the conference as he is averaging 2.2 made per game, which is also third. Escobar, a junior guard, is making 38.5 percent of his attempts - good for fifth-best in the league.

Stetson Hatters (1-8)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Western Illinois (12/5 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Marist (12/8 - 1 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 113-49 at #3 Duke; L, 75-71 at South Florida
- Sophomore Abayomi Iyiola has led the Hatters in scoring each of the last three games, including a career-high 26 points against USF on November 28th.
- Over the past three games, Iyiola is averaging 20.3 PPG. For the season he is averaging 13.0 PPG and shooting 52.3% from the field, while also grabbing 8.0 RPG, which ranks third best in the ASUN.
- Along with Iyiola, Stetson features a strong sophomore class, including Christiaan Jones (12.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG), Kenny Aninye (6.9 PPG, 3.8 APG), Keith Mathews (4.6 PPG) and Raine McKeython (4.1 PPG).
- Having completed a three-game road trip, Stetson returns to the Sunshine State with four straight-games within its borders including home games vs. Western Illinois, Marist and UNC Asheville with one road game at UCF on Dec. 16th.
- Stetson's meeting with Western Illinois will be the first between the two programs. The Hatters are averaging 89.0 PPG at the Edmunds Center this season.
- The Hatters are 2-0 all-time against Marist with their first win coming in 1984, while the second victory came last season, as Leo Goodman tallied 11 points
- The Hatters have six players averaging at least 6.5 PPG with Iyiola (13.0) Jones (12.7), Iyiola (13.0), Marques Sumner (8.3), Aninye (6.9). Ricardo Lynch (6.8) and Leo Goodman (6.7)
- Stetson is three wins away from 1,250 wins in program history. The program started in 1900. It sits as the second most among active ASUN members, ahead of North Alabama (1,089) and Lipscomb's (1,400).