Men's basketball opens A-Sun play at Mercer Thursday

Wednesday, December 02, 2009
by Trevor Garrett

Bisons on the Air

Online Radio: Lipscomb Sports Network, (Jonathan Seamon, play-by-play; Benjamin Seamon, color analyst)

Online Vidoe: ASun.TV (Mercer audio feed)

The Game

The Lipscomb University Bisons (1-4, 0-0 A-Sun) open Atlantic Sun Conference action Thursday evening against Mercer (3-3, 0-0 A-Sun). Game time is 6:30 p.m. CST at the University Center in Macon, Ga.

Lipscomb picked up its first win of the season with a 67-64 win at SIU Edwardsville Saturday afternoon. Adnan Hodzic posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Slater had 16 points, all in the second half.

Mercer is coming off a 85-74 loss to Georgia Tech on Friday. James Florence had a career high 40 points on 14-of-20 shooting while connecting on 9-of-11 free throws.

Last year the Bisons won both meetings between the teams.  Lipscomb won 84-68 in Allen Arena on Jan. 24 behind 21 points from Josh Slater. The Bisons completed a season sweep with a 88-67 victory in Macon. Hodzic had a team high 20 points while Slater had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Quick Hits

Last Time Out

The Lipscomb University Bisons (1-4) came from being down ten points a minute into the second half and held on to a three point lead with a minute left to defeat SIU Edwardsville (0-5) 67-64 Saturday in Edwardsville, Ill.

Lipscomb fell behind by as many as 12 points as the Bisons struggled to control the ball over and were unable to stop a strong shooting performance by SIUE.

Lipscomb turned the ball over 10 times and allowed SIUE to shoot 53.3 percent in the first half.

Down 31-19 with 5:17 left in the first, Lipscomb hit four of its next five attempts including threes by Michael Teller and Johnny Lee to make it a 33-31 game. SIUE made two field goals before halftime to take a 37-31 lead into the locker room.

Josh Slater, who did not score in the second period, gave the Bisons the jumpstart they needed. He scored the first eight points of the half for Lipscomb to bring Lipscomb within six, 45-39, with 16:52 left.

With the Bisons back in the game, Adnan Hodzic turned on his guns in the low post. He propelled Lipscomb on an 8-0 run scoring seven of those to put Lipscomb up 48-45 with 12:35 remaining.

Hodzic finished with a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He was 10-of-17 from the floor and three-of-four from the free throw line.

Lipscomb had its best defensive stretch this year through the middle part of the second half.

SIUE did not hit a field goal for a stretch of 8:40 until Yelovich hit a three pointer with 9:54 left to tie the game.

Lipscomb - SIU Edwardsvile Postgame Notes