The last few days the Lipscomb Bisons have been taking steps to be a better basketball team.
“For the last three days we battened down the hatches,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said of the team’s response to a 36-point loss at Belmont Thursday. “Sometimes things like that make you completely refocus. I was proud of the way our players and coaches responded and how they conducted themselves.”
Monday night the Bisons put together one of their better games of the season with a 92-81 win over Atlantic Sun foe Campbell at Allen Arena. The victory ended a two-season Campbell win record on the Bisons’ home court.
“We have not played particularly well,” Sanderson said. “We played a little bit better against Campbell.
“We have to get better every single day in practice and in games. Friday we got a little better in practice. Saturday and Sunday we got better. Against Campbell we played a lot better offensively. We have to continue to get better defensively.”
The Bisons are 10-7 overall, 5-3 in the A-Sun. Campbell slipped to 9-8, 3-5 in the conference.
Center Adnan Hodzic, who had struggled offensively the past three games, tied his season high with a game-high 33 points. He passed Wade Tomlinson on the Bisons’ all-time scoring list and is in 10th place.
“He had 16 shots,” Sanderson said. “He shoots almost 60 percent from down there. We have to get him the ball in the low post.”
Forward Brandon Brown was five-of-five from the floor and seven-of-nine from the free throw line for a season high 18 points. Guard Jordan Burgason added 20.
“Brown scored 18 points on five shots,” Sanderson said. “We had some wrinkles for him. He did some nice things out there. “We need Brown coming on. We need Burgason coming on as well.”
The Bisons shot 65.1 percent from the floor, hitting 28-of-43. They were 50 percent from 3-point range, connecting on six-of-12. “I thought our shot selection was very, very good,” Sanderson said. “We shared the ball. We turned shots down and got better shots.
“We had 20 assists. We made the extra pass to get a better shot. We had more quality shots. I really liked our rhythm offensively.”
The Bisons went to the free throw line 36 times with 15 in the final 1:37. They hit 13-of-15 of those shots.
“We never stopped them at the end,” Sanderson said. “Would I have liked to have had more stops down the stretch? Yes. Was I glad we had to make free throws in pressure situations? Yes.”
The Bisons out-rebounded Campbell 28-23. Brown and guard Josh Slater each had seven boards to lead the Bisons. Campbell forward Eric Griffin pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
“Rebounding is Campbell’s deal,” Sanderson said. “Griffin is a long kid. He is a hard guy to keep off the backboard.”
Four Campbell players were in double figures led by Griffin with 21. Guard Lorne Merthie scored 16 followed by guard Junard Hartley with 15 and forward Preston Dodson with 12.
The Bisons are on the road for the next two games. They play ETSU Friday night in Johnson City and then visit USC Upstate Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.