Nov. 8, 2005
No coach likes to give up a lead, but Lipscomb Coach Scott Sanderson was glad to see his team go through the paces to win a last minute game and to be successful doing it.
The Bisons needed all the last minute strategy they could muster to come away with a 77-75 exhibition game victory over visiting North Alabama at Allen Arena Tuesday night.
The Bisons led by as many as 13 points on two different occasions in the second half. With 8:51left to play the Bisons were up 69-56, but North Alabama went on a 17-4 run to tie the game at 73-73 with 2:33 left on the clock.
"We had a let down defensively in the second half," said Sanderson. "North Alabama played better in the second half than they did in the first half.
"We played good in spurts. There were not a lot of our guys who played a consistent game."
Guard James Poindexter hit two free throws with 1:06 remaining to give the Bisons at 75-73 advantage. North Alabama guard Reprobatus Bibbs went to the line with 21 seconds left and sank both shots to tie the game again at 75-75.
"Once we have a team down we have to keep them under our thumb," said Sanderson. "We have to sustain our defensive effort. We need to start learning that now."
"I don't like losing a lead, but if I had to script it the game couldn't have finished any better," said Sanderson. "To win a game down the stretch by executing our game plan, making our free throws and making defensive stops is something you can't simulate in practice.
Fisk led the Bisons with 19 points. Center Shaun Durant got a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Poindexter also pitched in 17 points.
"Shaun played a terrific game, especially in the first half," said Sanderson. "We have to learn how to feed him the ball better. Shaun is going to be a force for us. He is so much better. He is such a worker.
"He played in the World Championships in August. That gave him a lot of confidence. He is ready to do damage on both ends of the floor.
Bibbs shot a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for North Alabama. Guard Casey Holt added 14 points and forward Lucky Williams finished with 10 points.