Jan. 18, 2007
After winning three straight games in Nashville, the Bisons were unable to keep their winning streak alive at Gardner Webb, falling 61-55 to the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Gardner Webb jumped all over the Bisons from the get go. The Bison took the first two points of the game, but after leading 2-0, the Bisons would trail for the remainder of the game. Head Coach Scott Sanderson could only come up with one word for the game.
"Disgusting, absolutely disgusting, "Sanderson said. "We had three of the best practices we have had all year long on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and to come out there and play that way, and that unfocused, is just basically disgusting."
After the Bisons scored the first two of the game, Gardner Webb went on a 10-0 run to take an eight-point lead at the first media timeout with 15:23.
Gardner Webb stretched the lead out to 15 points, their largest of the game, at 19-4 after a three pointer by Grayson Flittner. Gardner Webb hit four three-pointers in the first seven and a half minutes of the game.
"You get what you deserve," Sanderson said. "You get down 19-4, you get what you deserve. If I have said it once, I have said it a million times about how we start a game is critical that we do not let their three-ball shooters get going. They did that, and then the basket gets big."
"To come out there and play unfocused, everything they did were things we were trying to not let them do, not leave shooters, not let guys drive by, and then no to mention offensively, we were horrible."
While Gardner Webb heated up from behind the arc, the Bisons three-point shooting stayed ice cold. After only hitting three three-pointers against Belmont, the Bison only mustered one against the Runnin' Bulldogs. The Bisons are now 4-for-48 over the past two games from behind the arc.
"The other night, we did not shoot it well but we defended," Sanderson said. "Tonight, we did not shoot it well and we did not defend the way we were supposed to defend. They probably out hustled us to the majority of the loose balls, and you get beat."
The Bisons did mount a 10-0 run late in the first half to trail by five at halftime 28-23.
In the second half, the Runnin' Bulldogs did not live up to their name, because instead of speeding up the game, they slowed the game down by milking the clock, while hitting some timely shots late in the shot clock.
"You have to give them credit," Sanderson said. "They played well, they made some shots, and they milked the clock.They did what they had to do to win and they just beat us."
In a night where Eddie Ard scored his 1,000-career point as a Bison, it will most likely come with a bitter taste in his mouth. Entering the game, Ard needed just four points to reach 1,000 points, but he did not get his fourth point of the game until the 11:30 mark in the second half. Ard finished the game with just nine points and seven rebounds.
The closest the Bisons got in the second half was three points at the 9:01 mark, but on the next possession for the Gardner Webb Takayo Siddle knocked down a deep three late in the shot clock and the Bisons never recovered.
The bench did not help the Bisons either. Lipscomb played 11 different players but only got one point from the bench.
"I tried to play everybody," Sanderson said. "I think we played 11 different guys, and we did not get much production from our bench which we desperately need. We just dug ourselves into a hole and never got out of it."
After spending all of last year hunting other teams to win the A-Sun regular season championship, the Bisons now find themselves on the other end of the spectrum.
"Everybody is going to be giving us their best shot," Sanderson said. "We have got to come out ready to play. I am just at a loss right now. We shoot four percent from the three, and 29 percent from the floor, and Gardner-Webb had been giving up 49 percent from the floor for the year."
"You have to pay for your sins," Sanderson said. "Sins being, not playing basketball the way you are supposed to play and the way you were taught to play. That cost us a loss tonight."
Chris Gash led the way for Gardner Webb with 16 points, while Thomas Sanders finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bisons will now travel to Buies Creek, N.C. to face the Campbell Fighting Camels who just knocked off the Belmont Bruins Thursday night. Tip-off is set for 12:00 CST. You can catch all the action live on the Lipscomb Sports Network beginning at 11:45 CST on WAMB AM 1200.