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Bisons have unhappy ending in A-Sun opener

Friday, December 02, 2005

Dec. 2, 2005

Box Score

In one of the more unusual basketball happenings in recent memory both the Bisons and Lady Bisons lost their games by one point.

Thursday night at the KSU Convocation Center on the campus of Kennesaw State, the Lady Bisons were edged 69-68 in overtime. In the nightcap the Bisons lost 67-66.

Both times a freshman did the damage to the Lipscomb teams. Ashley Johnson scored the 3-pointer that beat the Lady Bisons. Andre Morgan hit a pair of free throws to ice the nightcap for Kennesaw State.

The Owls of Kennesaw State scored the first two points of the game and held off the Bisons until the 3:17 mark of the first half when center Shaun Durant hit a pair of free throws for a 32-30 lead.

The Bisons scored the last five points of the half, leading 42-34 at intermission.

In the second half the Bisons remained in control building up a nine-point lead at 54-45 on a jump shot by Durant with 12:15 left to play.

A jump shot by Kennesaw State guard Golden Ingle pulled them to within two points (56-54) with 8:43 remaining. But the Bisons built their lead to six points again at 7:48 on a field goal by freshman guard Michael Lusk.

At 5:15 Kennesaw State was again within two points of tying the game as a 3-point shot by guard Ronnell Wooten trimmed the Bisons lead to 62-60.

Neither team would score in the next three minutes until Lipscomb's James Poindexter hit a pair of free throws with 2:13 left for a 64-60 lead. Durant followed with a field goal at 1:51 to give the Bisons a 66-60 lead.

Wooten hit another 3-pointer, one of four for the game, with 1:39 on the clock to cut the lead to 66-63.

No one would score again until the clock ticked down to 15 seconds remaining. Ingle hit a pair of free throws to make it a 66-65 game.

With one second left Morgan would hit a pair of free throws to give the game to Kennesaw State at 67-66.

Lipscomb forward Eddie Ard took a desperation shot at the buzzer from 16-to-18 feet out that missed sealing the loss.

Two Bisons finished in double figures. Durant recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Lusk, a Kennesaw resident, was inspired by playing in front of his hometown crowd. He finished with 13 points, his first double-figure effort of the season.

Three Kennesaw State players scored in double figures even though the team shot only 35.5 percent from the field. Wooten put up a game-high 21 points. Ingle added 17 and Kenan Knight scored 13.

The Bisons slipped to 1-3, 0-1 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is 3-3, 1-0 in the conference.