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Bisons roll to 81-59 exhibition win over Tusculum

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

Final Stats

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Exhibition basketball games usually expose more problems than solutions.

But after the Lipscomb Bisons knocked off Tusculum 81-59 Thursday night at Allen Arena, coach Scott Sanderson was hard-pressed to find anything to criticize about his team.

"They are all about the team," Sanderson said. "They are all about each other. There is something about the karma of this team that has been completely different.

"My teams have always had pretty good karma. But his one is even better for whatever reason. They should be pretty fun to coach."

Sanderson played `15 players. Twelve of them scored.

Three players finished in double figures with freshman guard Josh Slater leading with 11. Senior forward Eddie Ard and freshman point guard Jimmy Oden each scored 10 points.

"I liked our balance offensively," Sanderson said. "We have a lot of guys who can score.

"Thomas Pfaff and Jason Hopkins have really improved inside. We have a lot of options."

Oden is known for his ability to read the floor and know where to pass the ball.

"Jimmy can finish plays to the basket and he also has very good vision," Sanderson said. "You better be ready to catch the ball because if you are open he is going to get it to you."

Pfaff, a junior center, grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Guard Kyle Moore scored a game-high 23 points for Tusculum. Forward Jordan Lear added 10 and also finished with a game-high seven rebounds.

"I thought for the most part we were decent defensively," Sanderson said. "I like playing Tusculum because they are very sound offensively and they spread out and make you guard a lot of floor.

"That's hard to do when you have a lot of young guys. I thought we guarded the floor pretty good for our first game, especially early on."

The Bisons shot 51.6 percent from the field (32-of-62) while holding Tusculum to 45.2 percent (19of-42).

"We have a lot to work on," Sanderson said. "We are pretty much a work in progress. We have a long way to go, but for our first exhibition game I was pleased with a lot of things."