Lipscomb's Bisons took another step towards qualifying for the Atlantic Sun Conference basketball tournament with a 71-65 victory over Campbell Thursday night at Allen Arena.
"I was dreading this game all week long," said Lipscomb Coach Scott Sanderson. "I've had a headache all week long. Campbell is a very good team. They have played everybody close to the wire."
After battling to a 57-57 tie in regulation the Bisons outscored Campbell 14-8 in the overtime period to ice the game. Trailing 60-57 with 3:41 left in the overtime period Lipscomb's James Poindexter hit back-to-back 3-pointers and LaBrian Lyons added a third to put the Bisons up 66-60 with 2:12 remaining.
"Those were humongous threes for us," Sanderson. "This was a big win for us because of how we won."
Lipscomb led 23-10 at 7:11 on a lay-up by Eddie Ard. That was the last points the Bisons would score in the first half, but Campbell was unable to take control of the game at that point. The Bisons managed to go in at intermission with a 23-22 edge.
"I thought late in the first half we played a little tentative," Sanderson said. "We were very short on a lot of shots. We were playing not to lose. I put on the board that we needed to play to win."
It was more of the same for the Bisons early in the second half. Campbell took a 24-23 lead, but Poindexter broke the ice for the Bisons with a lay-up at 18:16 for a 25-24 lead.
"The good thing is Campbell wasn't scoring a lot either," Sanderson said. "They weren't scoring at a rapid pace. We got some cheap baskets in transition early, but then we struggled with their zone the final seven minutes."
The lead would change hands 17 times in the second half.
Campbell went on a 7-0 run to lead 47-41 with 8:12 left. The Bisons refused to give up.
"We just kept battling and kept battling," Sanderson said. "I thought the first seven or eight possessions of the second half we got good shots, but we just didn't make them. The rim was shrinking smaller and smaller for us."
Ard set a school record for blocks in a game with nine, breaking the old record of eight in the NCAA era by Albert Hacker on Feb. 5, 2004 against Florida Atlantic.
"Eddie is a difference-maker when people try to drive in there," Sanderson said. "He can block some shots."
Poindexter led the Bisons in scoring with 19 points. Brian Fisk added 17 point and also tied his season-high for assists with seven.
Ruell Pringle and Diego Aguiar each scored 15 points for Campbell. Jake Wohlfeil added 11, and Comerlee Poole finished with 10.
It was the 31st straight loss for Campbell on the road in A-Sun games, and the19th loss in a row.
Lipscomb is 13-11 overall, 8-9 in the conference. Campbell is 2-22, 0-17 in the A-Sun.
The Bisons continue their four-game homestand Saturday at 4 against Gardner-Webb, the top team in the A-Sun.
"We have to come out and be solid for 40 minutes," Sanderson said. "We can't have seven-or-eight-minute droughts like we did in this game. Gardner-Webb is a team that can stretch you all over the floor. They are coming off a big win at Belmont."