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Mathews season-bests help Lipscomb slip past FGCU 89-81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Garrison Mathews scored 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds - both season highs - and Lipscomb held off Florida Gulf Coast 89-81 on Thursday in a rematch of last season's Atlantic Sun Conference championship that sent the Bisons to the NCAA Tournament.

FGCU, defending two-time A-Sun champions, were 20-point underdogs on the road Thursday, but hung with conference-leading Lipscomb, taking the lead five times in the second half. Lipscomb and Liberty are both 6-0 in A-Sun.

Mathews scored seven straight to give Lipscomb the lead for good with 1:54 remaining.

Dinero Mercurious topped the Eagles (7-14, 2-4) with 17 points and four 3-pointers, Schadrac Casimir added 14 points and Troy Baxter 10.

Matt Rose and Michael Buckland each scored 11 for Lipscomb (15-4).

Lipscomb led 42-35 at the break, forcing 13 turnovers in the first half. FGCU flipped the script after halftime, cutting their turnovers to five while forcing nine from Lipscomb for 11 points.

The Eagles outscored Lipscomb 11-6 to open the second half and took a 56-55 lead on a Brian Thomas basket in the paint midway through the period. It was FGCU's first lead since five minutes into the first half.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo FGCU 7-14 354681
home team logo Lipscomb 15-4 424789
Team Stats
away team logo FGCU 7-14 71.3 PPG 35.8 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Lipscomb 15-4 83.6 PPG 39.7 RPG 17.4 APG
Key Players
11
S. Casimir 14.1 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.4 APG 48.0 FG%
24
G. Mathews 19.9 PPG 5.2 RPG 1.9 APG 44.8 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
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Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB