Dec. 18, 2007
In a game that was dominated by big runs by both teams, the Bisons caught the wrong end of a late 11-2 run in Monday night's 66-61 loss to Southeastern Louisiana. With 21 seconds remaining in the game, Lipscomb had an opportunity to tie the game and force overtime. However, the Bisons missed two jump shots and were defeated for the third consecutive game. Southeastern Louisiana moves to 7-3, but Lipscomb falls to 4-8.
"These are games just like games we'll play in our league," said head coach Scott Sanderson. "We have got to learn how to win and finish games on the road."
Defensive breakdowns enabled the Lions from Southeastern Louisiana get out to a 17-5 lead early in the first half. Kevyn Green hit three open three pointers in this early run. However, the Bisons were resilient as they fought back to put together a 30-9 run of their own. Helping to lead the charge was freshman Brandon Brown. He had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the game.
"He (Brown) is extremely active. We need him to continue to play, and we need to get some help from him as well," said Sanderson.
After being down early and then fighting back in the first half, the Bisons took a 29-24 lead into the locker room for half time. Lipscomb shot 46 percent from the field while holding the Lions to only 24 percent.
The Bisons began the second half much like they ended the first. Jumping out to a 6-0 run, Lipscomb extended their lead to 9. This was the largest lead for the Bisons in the game. Southeastern Louisiana did not back down. They went on an 18-5 run to take the lead 48-40. Tavaris Nance led their charge with 18 points. He led all scorers.
However, the Bisons would not go away. Freshman Adnan Hodzig had a great second half to help Lipscomb put a 19-7 run together and gain a 59-55 lead. Hodzig had a career high 11 points. He also had 5 rebounds.
"I thought Adnan played much better tonight," said Sanderson. "He was stronger inside. He can do some things. He has just got to learn. It's a learning process for those guys."
Missed opportunities late in the game for the Bisons allowed Southeastern Louisiana to close the game on an 11-2 run. They won the game 66-61 to improve to 7-3 on the year.
Lipscomb falls to 4-8 on the season. The Bisons will travel to Lake Charles for a rematch against McNeese State on Wednesday night. Lipscomb won the first contest 65-47 at Allen Arena on November 29, 2007.
"That was a very good win for us at home several weeks ago," said Sanderson. "It will be another tight game we are going to play like in the A-Sun on the road. Hopefully we'll learn some lessons during this time. We've got two more games of preparation being McNeese State and Marshall to get ready for league play. We've got to keep getting better." The coverage of the Lipscomb vs. McNeese State game can be heard on 900 AM at 7 p.m. CT.