Nov. 28, 2005
It was only an exhibition, but it was hard to tell that the game meant nothing based on the intense emotional play.
Lipscomb's Bisons played host to the Freed-Hardeman Lions Monday night at Allen Arena. There were 64 fouls in the game, 38 by Freed-Hardeman and 26 by Lipscomb. Four players fouled out of the game, three for Freed and one for Lipscomb. The final score was 93-71 with the Bisons getting 34 of their points at the free throw line.
"We have to get to the free throw line," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "It is a good thing to get 51 free throws, but you still have to make them."
In the first half the Bisons maintained the lead, taking a 13-point advantage at 19-6 with 10:36 before intermission. The Bisons only scored 10 points in the first seven minutes of the game, but held Freed-Hardeman to only four during that stretch.
"The first nine minutes we could make a shot, but we up by nine-to-11 points because of our defense," said Sanderson. "We were second in the Atlantic Sun in defense last season. If we are not the best defensive team in our league this season we won't win the conference. We are capable of being the best defensive team. We just have to get down and defend for 40 minutes."
The Bisons led 42-37 at the half.
Sanderson's lineup combination was different than the first three games of the season with forward Eddie Ard making his first start along with guard Jason Guyette. They joined three of the regular starters _ center Shaun Durant and guards Trey Williams and James Poindexter.
Guard Brian Fisk came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points, hitting 7-of-12 shots from the field.
"Brian has been pressing a little bit, but he has been very good defensively," said Sanderson. "This time he got his offense going. When he plays like that people feed off of him. He came off the bench and played with much more focus."
Poindexter added 14 points. Both Ard and Durant tossed in 11. Durant also had seven rebounds tying with Freed-Hardeman's Seth Matlock for the game high.
"We had been getting good looks from the right people in our earlier games, but they had not been falling," said Sanderson. "We were better, but we are not there yet."
Brent McPherson led Freed-Hardeman with 11 points. He was the only Lion in double figures.
The Bisons open Atlantic Sun Conference play Thursday night at Kennesaw State at 7 p.m.