NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb Bisons used a balanced attack to dispatch Oakland City University 121-54. Seven Bisons scored in double figures with freshman forward Brian Wright leading the way with 21 points.
The game started on a sour note for Lipscomb when sophomore center Adnan Hodzic injured his lower leg on the opening tip.
“I don’t want anyone to go down, especially him, because he has worked so hard,” said head coach Scott Sanderson. “He’s going to be day-to-day. It was swollen up a little bit, but if there is any way for him to play on Tuesday, he will get back. He’s a tough player with a high pain tolerance.”
The Bisons were not deterred and opened the game on a 14-2 run over the first 5:04.
“We knew we had to play harder since he is a big part of our offense,” said Wright. “We all stepped our game up.”
Lipscomb scored their most points in a game since scoring 128 against Virginia-Intermont on Dec. 3, 2000.
Sophomore guard Josh Slater and freshman center Rob Murphy scored 15 points each. Sophomore forward Michael Teller scored 14 points. Senior Michael Lusk added 13 while sophomore Brandon Brown and senior Thomas Pfaff each scored 12.
Pfaff recorded the only double-double of the game by notching 10 rebounds.
Lusk tied a career high with seven assists. Freshman guard Jordan Burgason and Slater added six apiece.
Sanderson was pleased with the way his team ran their offense and controlled the ball.
“We had 47 field goals on 32 assists,” said Sanderson. “We had 77 possessions and we only turned the ball over nine times. I was proud with the way we took care of the ball.”
The Bisons scored 49 points off 30 turnovers. Lipscomb had 24 steals
Lipscomb shot a stellar 61 percent from the field while holding Oakland City to 37.9 percent.
The Bisons were 11-of-26 from behind the arch for 42.3 percent. Oakland City was 2-of-18 from the 3-point line.
Lipscomb’s bench combined for 69 points including 15 points off 6-of-7 shooting by Murphy.
“Rob Murphy came into the game and played terrific for us,” said Sanderson. “He was very active on both ends and played great around the basket. I didn’t anticipate playing him that much, but he saw an opportunity to go in there and he went in there and played very, very well.”
Lipscomb held a 60-20 advantage in the first half. It was the most the Bisons had scored in the first half since also scoring 60 against Indiana University Southeast on Jan. 25, 2001.
Nathan Schumacher and Brandon Hopf were the high scorers for Oakland City with 11 points each.
Lipscomb remains perfect in season openers in Allen Arena improving to 8-0. The 67-point victory was also the largest margin for the Bisons inside Allen Arena, besting a 41-point victory over the University of the South on Nov. 18, 2003.
“We’ve played great at home over the past seven or eight years,” Sanderson said. “Our crowd is important to us. Our student section has been great and our season ticket holders are good too.”
Lipscomb opens their season 1-0 while Oakland City falls to 0-1.
The Bisons are back in action Tuesday night in Allen Arena at 8:15 p.m. against Tennessee Tech. The game will renew a rivalry between two teams that have played 39 times, but have not met since 1974.
Story by Trevor Garrett of the Lipscomb Athletics Media Relations Department