Jan. 23, 2006
Macon, Ga. - Lipscomb's Eddie Ard received his first A-Sun Player of the Week nod after a week highlighted by pouring in a career-high 25 points to lead Lipscomb to their fifth straight victory, a 97-85 overtime decision versus Belmont before a standing room only crowd at Allen Arena on Friday night.Ard added a game-high 11 rebounds in the win over the Bruins to post his second double-double of the season. The 6-5 wingman drilled 11-of-12 shot from the foul line to help secure the victory as well. The win helped Lipscomb maintain their place in the standings, just one game behind league leader Kennesaw State in the loss column. Prior to the Belmont game, the sophomore dropped a game-high 22 points in a slim 57-52 win over visiting Stetson. In that game, Ard scored six of the Bisons final nine points. For the season, Ard leads the Bisons in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau six times. The LaPlace, La., native wins his first POTW award and the second for the Bisons this season. Junior guard Brian Fisk won for the week of Dec. 19-25. Ard is majoring in Organizational Communications at Lipscomb. The Bisons will play for sole possession of second place in the conference standings when they travel to Florida Atlantic for a Tuesday night tilt. The Atlantic Sun Conference hands out Player of the Week awards weekly during the 2005-06 basketball campaign. The 11-member league headquartered in Macon, Ga., consists of Belmont, Campbell, ETSU, Florida Atlantic, Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida and Stetson.