An 8-0 run to start the game set the stage for Lipscomb's 71-56 victory over SavannahState Monday night on the road inSavannah, Ga., at Tiger Arena. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Bisons.
"I told the players that as bad as we were offensively I was very proud we have won the last two games on the road," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "It's very difficult to win on the road no matter where you are playing.
The Bisons have a 3-2 edge over SavannahState in the series, including an 83-64 victory at Allen Arena on Nov. 23. This was the first time the Bisons have won at Savannah State.
SavannahState answered with a 7-0 run. They would twice cut the lead to one, but they never led and never tied the score.
The Bisons played a solid first half, adding to the scoring advantage until they led by 17 at 33-16, their largest margin of the half, on a field goal by Cameron Robinson.
The Bisons led by 14 points at half-time at 33-19. In the first game against SavannahState on Nov. 23 the Bisons also led by 14 at the half, holding a 37-23 advantage.
In the second half the Bisons jumped out to a 40-21 lead, their biggest advantage of the game at 19 on a shot by Matt Jarboe.
SavannahState cut the Bisons lead to 12 points, but they could not sustain that momentum. The Bisons roared back, sparked by Jason Guyette who came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers. The second 3-pointer at11:55 gave the Bisons a 47-29 lead.
Guyette went to the free throw line at11:18 and hit them both to give the Bisons a 49-29 edge.
Eddie Ard's field goal gave the Bisons a 51-29 lead with5:12 left in the game.
The Bisons would keep a 20-point advantage for most of the second half, but did watch the lead slip to 15 at one point.
Both Ard and Brandon Hartwell were limited in their playing time after both were hit with three fouls apiece in the first half. Ard fouled out of the game.
The Bisons shot 50 percent from the field. They held SavannahState to 31.5 percent shooting from the field. The Bisons also out-rebounded Savannah state 42-29.
The Bisons return home Saturday to play NichollsState at 7.
"I like the focus of this team," Sanderson said. "We'll continue to work and get better."