Dec. 14, 2006
The Lipscomb Bisons flexed their muscles on both offense and defense Thursday night in a 75-55 win over Nicholls State at Allen Arena.
The Bisons extended their home winning streak to 15 games and their non-conference home winning streak to 12 games.
"That was more like it," Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. "I thought we played well as a team and rallied around each other.
"I told our players before the game we still haven't become a team yet. I thought this game was a great step for us. I thought we came a little closer together in the Vanderbilt game."
While defense is always a key for the Bisons, Sanderson was pleased with the way his team approached the offense. Senior guard Brian Fisk led the way with a game-high 19 points, hitting 7-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
"More than anything I thought we were very unselfish offensively," Sanderson said. "We moved the ball very well. That was a key for us.
"We had 18 assists and eight turnovers. I can live with that all year long. We got a lot of touches. In the last six or seven minutes when we were up 15 of 16 points sometimes there is tendency to shoot the ball quick, but we kept moving it and working the clock down."
The biggest concern for the Bisons was when point guard Trey Williams, the leading scorer, fell to the court with 4:52 left in the first half. He did not return to the game, but he was walking around the court after the game with his right ankle heavily taped.
"It was swollen up on him really bad at first," Sanderson said. "I wouldn't think he would be ready to walk if it was that severer. He probably won't be able to practice Friday. We'll know a lot more then."
"They both came in and did a great job on both ends of the court," Sanderson said. "We even played Mike Lusk at the point a couple of minutes in the second half.
"We rallied around each other and played better for longer periods of time. I see it coming. We need it to come together in a hurry."
The Bisons controlled the boards 37-33 with center Jason Hopkins grabbing a game-high nine.
From the field the Bisons shot 44.8 percent (26-58), including 51.9 percent in the second half. The Bisons were 12-of-31 from 3-point range, a 38.7 percent average.
"My whole theory is I want to shoot early or shoot late," Sanderson said. "If we come down and transition and have a good look by the right person we will take it.
"If not, I want to run the clock. I want to screen. I want to move the ball. I want to spend more time on the offensive end of the floor than the defensive end."
Joining Fisk in double figures were Lusk with a season-high 11 points and Seaford and Michael Teller with career highs of 10 points each.
Nicholls State shot only 33.9 percent from the field, hitting 19-of-56 shots. They were 15 points below their average of 70 points per game.
Guard Stefan Blaszczynski led Nicholls State with 14 points. Guard Adnois Gray added 13.
The Bisons are 7-3 overall. Nicholls State slipped to 1-11.
Saturday night the Bisons will head to Evansville to face the Aces for the second time this season. They beat Evansville 67-64 here on Nov. 13.
"Evansville is a hard team to prepare for in one day," Sanderson said. "They do a lot of different things. And I'm sure they have good memory of what happened here a month ago."