Jan. 4, 2006
When two streaks collide anything can happen.
The Lipscomb Bisons basketball team had won its last seven home games in a row dating back to Feb. 17 of last season in a 71-65 victory over Campbell University.
Campbell had lost 33 straight Atlantic Sun road games, including that Feb. 17 setback last season.
Both streaks ended early Wednesday evening as the Bisons fell 95-91 to Campbell at Allen Arena. The Bisons are 6-6 overall, 2-2 in the conference. Campbell, which did not win a game in the A-Sun last season, is 4-7 overall, 3-1 in the conference.
"The bottom line is they wanted the game more than we did," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "When you don't play hard difficult shots drop for the other team. The calls don't go your way when you don't play hard.
"Sometimes losses can spur you. We will see if that does it for us or not."
The Bisons scored the most points in a game this season, but also gave up the most points they have in a game this season. The hot shooting Camels scored 48 first half points, shooting 54.5 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from 3-point range.
"When you don't defend and don't rebound you are not going to win," said Sanderson. "We gave up 47 points in the second half and 95 for the game. You are not going to be anybody doing that.
"It's all about our defense. If we lose focus there we're not going to beat people."
The Bisons, one of the top rebounding teams in the conference, were beaten 26-17 on the boards in the first half and 36-to-32 for the game.
"They got down the floor so quick on us offensively," said Sanderson. "They forced us to get back and forced us to get back. Our inability to make shots is something we should be used to because we haven't made our shots all season long. We should be used to getting back defensively because we can't make shots."
Sanderson had been critical of his bench in the 69-58 loss at Tennessee Dec. 29, but had nothing but praise for the reserves in Monday's 70-58 win over Gardner-Webb. He was disappointed with some of his players in the Campbell game.
"I looked all up and down the bench for someone to turn to," said Sanderson. "We had a lot of people who didn't show up and play."
The Bisons twice trailed by 17 points in the second half at both 16:55 and 9:36 (74-57). They kept chipping away at the lead, finally pulling to within two points with 3:19 left to play on a 3-point shot by senior guard James Poindexter. With 26 seconds left the Bisons were once again down by two points at 91-89, but a lay-up by forward Maurice Latham and a pair of free throws by guard Reggie Bishop gave Campbell a 95-89 led with 15 seconds left.
Freshman guard Michael Lusk closed out the game with a lay-up for the Bisons with two seconds left.
"I knew we were going to come back," said Sanderson. "But when it is a big hill to climb you get right to the edge and run out of gas."
Lipscomb sophomore forward Eddie Ard tied his career-and-season high with 24 points. Junior guard Brian Fisk also tied his season high with 22 points, his third time to reach that number this season. Also in double figures for the Bisons were Poindexter with 17 points and senior center Shaun Durant with 10.
Campbell placed five players in double figures led by a game-high 29 from Latham who hit 11-of-13 field goals and finished 5-of-5 at the free throw line.
Also in double figures for Campbell were guard Jake Wohlfeil with 14, guard Eric Smith with 11 and guards Ledell Eackles and Bishop with 10 points each.
The Bisons are headed to Florida for their next two A-Sun games. They play Jacksonville at 2 p.m. Saturday and North Florida Monday night at 6.
"You have to win your home games and we dropped one," said Sanderson. "We have two road games in a road. We have to go get them."