Nov. 17, 2007
In the second round of the First Shot Exempt Tournament on the campus of MTSU, Lipscomb fell to the hosting Blue Raiders 68-62. The Bisons are now 0-4. Middle Tennessee State University improved to 1-1.
The Bisons took an early lead with a jumper by Michael Lusk. He led all scorers in the game with 16 points.
Demetrius Green from MTSU answered with a three pointer to give his team a 3-2 lead. Demetrius started for Calvin O'Neil who injured his knee against San Jose State the night before. Demetrius Green had the first five points of the game and seven points over all.
The Bisons and Blue Raiders went back and fourth throughout the first half. With 5:29 left in the first half, Josh Slater knocked down three free throws to stretch the Bisons lead out to five.
Uriah Hethington's last second bucket pulled the Blue Raiders within one point of the visiting Bisons going into half time. Lipscomb led MTSU 31-30 at the intermission.
The Bisons shot 41% from the field in the first half. They shot 81% from the free throw line.
MTSU shot 39% from the field and 50% from the free throw line.
The hosting Blue Raiders came out of the locker room playing with intensity as they went on a 12-0 run during the first ten minutes of the second half. MTSU had their largest lead of the game with 8:58 to play in the game. The score was 54-38.
After the game Coach Sanderson had this to say about his team's performance in the opening minutes of the second half, "The first eleven minutes of the second half we score seven points and don't guard. That's the game."
However, the Bisons did manage to climb back into the game with 12-4 run of their own. Brandon Brown hit a crucial jump shot to bring Lipscomb within eight points with 4:44 left to play in the game. Brown started for the Bisons and managed to get a double-double in the losing effort against MTSU. He pulled down 13 rebounds and scored 10 points in the game.
Jason Hopkins had four of his five points come within the last 30 seconds of the game to bring the Bisons within six. However, it was not enough to overcome the Blue Raiders of MTSU who held off the Bisons with a final score of 68-62.
The Bisons shot 30 percent from the field in the second half. MTSU shot 57% from the field in the second half.
The Bisons missed 10 free throws in the second half alone. Coach Sanderson said this about his team's shooting, "We did not make shots and sometimes your inability to make shots affects your effort and energy defensively. When you're not making shots, you have to dig your heels in even harder, and that's been a trademark of our team for a number of years."
The Bisons next action is against San Jose State on Saturday night. This is the third and final game of the tournament. Coverage of this game can be heard directly after the Memphis football game on 900 AM on the Lipscomb Radio Network.