Tuesday, February 17, 2009
MACON, Ga. – Facing a three-game in five-day gauntlet that featured two of the Atlantic Sun’s frontrunners, Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic pushed the Bisons back to a .500 conference record to earn his second Player of the Week award of the season, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Hodzic, a sophomore center from Sarajevo, Bosnia dominated the low post throughout the week as Lipscomb won consecutive home games against Belmont, USC Upstate, and ETSU. Hodzic averaged 19.3 points on 61.9 percent shooting and 9.7 rebounds. Hodzic scored 28 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds as the Bisons broke a three-game losing streak to Belmont with a 73-68 victory in the A-Sun Game of the Week Thursday evening. He also set a Lipscomb NCAA-era record with 13 made field goals.
Two days later, Hodzic posted 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Bisons cruised to a 77-44 victory over USC Upstate, for his third double-double in a row. Hodzic capped his week by scoring 12 points in 18 minutes of action in Lipscomb's 96-91 victory against ETSU. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Buccaneers. Hodzic has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games, one game shy of the Lipscomb NCAA-era record (Brian Fisk, 22 straight from Dec. 8, 2005 to Feb. 24, 2006).
Hodzic is ranked 15th in the nation, shooting 60.6 percent from the field. Lipscomb has now won six of its last eight games. During this span Hodzic averaged 17.9 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. He owns the highest scoring increase in the A-Sun from last season, increasing his output by eight points per game, up from 8.9 points per game as a freshman.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.