Mathews scored 17 points in the first half, making 8 of 10 free throws, as Lipscomb led 41-33. The Bisons hit 12 of 14 free throws in the half and finished 20 of 27.
Rob Marberry added 14 points for Lipscomb (14-4, 5-0 Atlantic Sun), which is off to its best start since 1999-00 when it started 14-1. The Bisons have won 15 of the last 17 against the Owls.
Tyler Hooker paced Kennesaw State (3-17, 0-5) with 18 points. Bobby Parker had 12 and Bryson Lockley 10. The Owls have lost seven straight -- with its last victory coming on December 20 versus Division II Southeastern. The team's only D-I win was on December 15 versus Tennessee Tech.
Hooker scored 12 points in the first half and Lockley added nine but Kennesaw State trailed at intermission after shooting 37 percent from the field, going 1 of 6 from distance.
No. 25 Colorado flying high, to face San Diego next
From China to the top 25.
No. 20 Washington, Tennessee go north for matchup
The No. 20 Washington Huskies hope to make a trend out of having success in unfamiliar locations when they travel to Toronto on Saturday to face Tennessee in the Naismith Hall of Fame Classic.
Oakland thinking upset ahead of visit to No. 7 Maryland
A matinee matchup in College Park, Md., on Saturday will feature the high-scoring Maryland Terrapins, ranked seventh in the nation, against the defense-minded Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a noon tip-off.