Dec. 8, 2005
There's no place like home, even if it isn't a holiday.
Lipscomb's Bisons played their first regular home game of the season Thursday night and they liked the feeling, rolling to a 75-62 victory over Jackson State at Allen Arena.
:"It seemed like it was forever since we had been home," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "We had our home rims and our home background. Being at home helped us shoot the ball better in the first half."
The Bisons evened their record at 3-3. Jackson State fell to 2-6.
In the first half the Bisons led from the opening basket, a jump shot by guard Brian Fisk on the first possession. The largest lead for the Bisons in the first half was 21 points , the intermission score of 46-25.
The Bisons ended the first half on a 12-0 run in the final 3:27. They extended the run to 17-0 with the first five points of the second half.
"The last 10 minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half I thought we were very good defensively," said Sanderson. "We were all over the basketball rebounding and we were shooting well.
"In the first 10 minutes of the game I didn't think we defended very well. In the last right minutes of the game I thought we turned the ball over too much. We played 32 minutes of good basketball. The last eight minutes were not so good."
The biggest lead for the Bisons was 28 points, 55-27, with 14:15 left to play.
With 8:40 left in the game Jackson State went on a 17-2 run cutting a 63-36 Lipscomb lead to 64-53 at 3:44.
The Bisons placed five players in double figures. Freshman Michael Lusk led the way with 15 points. Center Shaun Durant added 13 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double. Forward Cameron Robinson also had a double-double with 12 points and a new school record 17 rebounds. Fisk finished with 12 points, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Forward Eddie Ard chipped in with 10.
"If you don't get a body on Cameron he is going to get to the glass," said Sanderson. "He had 17 rebounds in 23 minutes. That shows he was doing some work."
It was the second double figure scoring performance for Lusk in his last three games.
"Michael can shoot the ball," said Sanderson. "He also can get to the ball defensively. He had a great game."
Sanderson, on the other hand, wants to see more rebounding consistently from Ard.
"Against Kennesaw State Eddie got zero rebounds," said Sanderson. "Against East Tennessee State he gets 14. Against Jackson State he gets zero rebounds. He's a good rebounder, but he is not focusing on his rebounding. He needs to focus more, especially at the No. 4 spot."
Sanderson had praise for freshman center Thomas Pfaff who scored his first points of the season, hitting three free throws. In nine minutes of play he hauled in five rebounds. He also complimented Brandon Hartwell who hit a crucial pair of 3-pointers in the first half.
Sanderson played a variety of lineups with 11 players getting time on the court.
"We are just trying to build our bench before we begin conference play again Jan. 2," said Sanderson. "We are trying to figure out a rotation. There are 10-to-11 guys I feel comfortable with. If someone is not producing they are not going to be on the floor."
Another reason for the various combinations was to try to fill the gap left by point guard James Poindexter who did not play in the game due to a groin pull.
"James has not been able to practice since the East Tennessee State game Saturday," said Sanderson. "We don't know when he will be back."
Guard Trey Johnson had a game-high 28 points for Jackson State. Dakari Wallace added 15.
The Bisons shot 41.1 percent from the field while Jackson State shot 40.7.
The Bisons held a 47-23 advantage on the boards.
The two teams will meet again Dec. 17 in Jackson, Miss. Guard LaKory Daniels will be eligible to make his Lipscomb debut in that game.