Bisons seek first win Thursday against Tennessee Tech
Thursday, November 19, 2009
By Trevor Garrett
Bisons seek first win Thursday against Tennessee Tech

Bisons on the Air

Online Radio: Lipscomb Sports Network, (Jonathan Seamon, play-by-play; Benjamin Seamon and Justin Seamon, Color Analysts)

Online Video: ASun.TV (Lipscomb Sports Network audio feed)

The Game

The Lipscomb University Bisons (0-2, 0-0 A-Sun) host Tennessee Tech (1-1, 0-0 OVC) Thursday evening in the final home game before a four game road trip. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (CT) in Allen Arena.

Lipscomb is coming off a 95-73 loss at Vanderbilt Monday evening. Josh Slater led Lipscomb with 20 points while Adnan Hodzic added 18. The Bisons turned the ball over 23 times and had 15 unforced turnovers.

Tennessee Tech lost 87-50 to Minnesota in its season opener Friday and then defeated Central Arkansas 71-67 on Monday.  After scoring 16 points each against Tennessee Tech, Kevin Murphy and Elijah Muhammad are leading Tech scoring 13 and 12.5 points per game.

Tennessee Tech leads the all-time series 38-3. Last year Lipscomb lost to Tennessee Tech at home (83-72, Nov. 18) and on the road (78-71, Dec. 1). Lipscomb is seeking its first victory over Tennessee Tech since 1956.

Quick Hits

  • Adnan Hodzic (22.0), Brandon Brown (19.0), and Josh Slater (18.5) are ranked No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 in the Atlantic Sun for scoring. The trio combines for 74.8 percent of Lipscomb’s offense (59.5 of 79.5 points).
  • Lipscomb has turned the ball over 41 times in its first two games
  • Josh Slater leads the Atlantic Sun averaging 6.5 assists per game
  • Hodzic has scored in double figures in 29 consecutive games, a Lipscomb NCAA-era record.
  • Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson needs three wins to reach the 250 win plateau
  • Lipscomb signed guard Robert Boyd (Knoxville Fulton HS) to a National Letter of Intent Tuesday evening.
Last Time Out

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.

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.

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.

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.

Slater tied for the game-high in points with 20. Forward Jeffrey Taylor scored 20 for Vanderbilt.

Also in double figures for the Bisons were center Adnan Hodzic with 18 and Brown with 12.

Lipscomb - Vanderbilt Postgame Notes

  • Slater’s 20 points where one off his career high
  • Lipscomb shot 53.6 percent in the second half
  • The Bisons shot a cool 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the free throw line
  • Vanderbilt outscored Lipscomb in the paint 46-28
  • Each team capitalized off the other team’s turnovers. Lipscomb had 25 points off Vanderbilt’s 18 turnovers while Vanderbilt had 27 points off Lipscomb’s 23 turnovers.
Honor Roll

Junior center Adnan Hodzic was a unanimous selection to the A-Sun preseason All-Conference team. Last year Hodzic was named to the postseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference team. Sophomore Brian Wright was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team last year.

Poll Action

Lipscomb was picked to tie for first place for the Atlantic Sun Regular Season title and win the Atlantic Sun Championship in the preseason coaches poll. Lipscomb and Jacksonville each received 111 votes with Jacksonville receiving five first place votes to Lipscomb’s four. The Bisons were picked to finish second in the media poll. Jacksonville was picked first by the media.

Sign ‘em

Guard Robert Boyd from Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn. signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 17 to play with the Bisons.

Boyd is a 6’3 guard from two-time defending state champion Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn.

Boyd played a key role off the bench for Fulton in their run to the 2008 State Championship. He started for Fulton during their 2009 State Championship run.

Boyd was named to the 2009 TSSAA All-Tournament team. He posted a 14 point, seven-rebound, seven-assist game against Memphis Sheffield in the first round of the tournament.