The Lipscomb Bisons have to quit being so generous.
Struggling to solidify the point guard position the Bisons made 23 turnovers against Vanderbilt Monday night on the way to a 95-73 loss in their first road game of the season at Memorial Gym.
It was first road game of the season for the Bisons. It was the regular season opener for Vanderbilt.
“We have 41 turnovers in two games,” said Bisons coach Scott Sanderson. “We have to have somebody who can take care of the ball. We also have to play better defensively.”
The Bisons were down 25-10 in the first 6:30 of the first half. They kept fighting back and trimmed the lead to single digits. A 3-point shot by forward Brandon Brown at the buzzer trimmed the Vanderbilt lead to 43-36.
In the first five minutes of the second half the Bisons managed to keep the Commodores lead at single digits. Forward Justin Glenn tipped a shot in at 14:52 to keep the Bisons within eight points at 55-47.
“Coming out after halftime we knew the first five minutes were critical,” said guard Josh Slater. “We thought we played even with them. Unfortunately, we turned the ball over and they capitalized on our turnovers.”
From that point on the Commodores, expected to be one of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference and a top 25 team nationally, took control.
“I said it before we played them and I will say it after we played them,” said Sanderson. “I will be shocked if Vanderbilt is not a top 20 team this season.”
There were several positives for the Bisons. They out rebounded Vanderbilt 36-32. Slater and Glenn each had six rebounds to lead the Bisons.
The game was physical on ends, something both Sanderson and Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings expected.
“We have been the best rebounding team in our league for the last several years,” said Sanderson. “We had 17 offensive rebounds in this game. That's a weapon for us. We won't see teams of Vanderbilt's size in our league.”
Slater tied for the game-high in points with 20. Forward Jeffrey Taylor scored 20 for Vanderbilt.
“Josh gives his heart and soul out there,” said Sanderson. “Josh is very good at driving. He is so competitive. I thought he played very, very well.”
Also in double figures for the Bisons were center Adnan Hodzic with 18 and Brown with 12.
“Adnan didn't get many points from our half-court offense,” said Sanderson. “His line looks good but most of his points were on broken plays.”
The Bisons, 0-2, are back in action Thursday night when Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference visits Allen Arena at 7.
“We will come back and work hard and get our defense ready for Tennessee Tech,” said Slater.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations