Lipscomb's Bisons placed six players in double figures Saturday afternoon in a 103-82 victory over Rust College at Allen Arena.
Brian Fisk tied his season-high with a game-leading 23 points. LaBrian Lyons scored 14 points for the second consecutive game, a season high. Eddie Ard came off the bench to also chip in 14. Shaun Durant scored 13, and hauled down a season-high nine rebounds. James Poindexter pitched in 12 and Jason Guyette came off the bench with 10.
"There is not any one guy that a team can key on," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "Brian got 23 in this game, but we have three or four guys on this team who can score 20 or more points. That kind of balanced scoring is going to bode well for us the rest of the season."
Sanderson was disappointed with the defensive effort from the Bisons. Three Rust players scored in double figures. Dewit Gebrekidan led with 19. Clifton Randall finished with 18. Brandon Rhodes added 15.
"Rust was so quick and athletic," Sanderson said. "We played nine guys for 13 or more minutes each. That was good. But we didn't defend very well. We have to develop our bench, but we can't have defensive letdown."
The Bisons took the lead at 7-5 at the 16:54 mark of the first half on a lay-up by Durant and never gave up the lead. Their biggest lead was 29 points with 1:08 left in the game.
The Bisons, unbeaten in December, close out the pre-holiday schedule Monday night at 7 when they visit Southeastern Conference power Arkansas.
" Arkansas is quick and athletic, but they are 6-foot-6 and 6-9 instead of 6-3 like Rust," Sanderson said. "They like to get up and down the floor quickly. They are going to pressure us. We have to cut down on their possessions. We have to stop them from getting offensive rebounds, and we have to keep from turning the ball over."
The Bisons have not lost since their season-opening visit to Minnesota. Sanderson doesn't expect his team to be intimidated by the Razorbacks.
"This is a win-win for us regardless of what happens," Sanderson said. " Arkansas does a lot of things that give us trouble. But our guys are excited about playing there. They have a lot of confidence. We're going to be competitive, and play at the highest level we can."
Lipscomb is 6-1. Rust fell to 1-4.