Dec. 18, 2005
Maybe it was a case of post-final exam exhaustion, but for whatever the reason the team that beat Jackson State approximately 10 days ago was not the team on the court for the Lipscomb Bisons Saturday night in Jackson, Miss.
Jackson State set the tone early, opening with a 9-0 run. The Bisons, who have struggled shooting at time this season, did not score a field goal in the first six minutes of the game.
"Jackson State just seemed to have more energy and more effort....they just appeared to want it more than we did," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "For whatever reason, I don't know....we appeared, not a step, but we appeared two steps slower."
The Bisons, 4-4 on the season, ended a three-game winning streak with a 73-64 loss to Jackson State, the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Bisons have one day to get ready for a road stop at Nicholls State Monday night at 6. The game will be played at the New Orleans Hornets practice facility instead of Nicholls State's arena in Thibodeaux, La. Nicholls State's arena was used as a shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The playing floor was damaged has to be replaced.
""We've just got to go back to work," said Sanderson. "We've got practice Sunday sometime. We'll travel down there to New Orleans and hopefully get our heads back up." The Bisons never had the lead. For most of the game they trailed by around 10 points. Jackson State's biggest lead was 16 points. The Bisons cut the lead to seven at one point but that was as close the game would get. At halftime Jackson State held a 34-21 advantage.
"In the first half, they cut our head off," said Sanderson. "Every point guard we had, Jackson State shut completely down. You've got to get point guard play on both ends of the floor to give yourself a chance to win the game, especially on the road."
Junior guard Brian Fisk led the Bisons with a season-high 19 points. Senior center Shaun Durant earned his third consecutive double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Eddie Ard, who will be back in his hometown for the Nicholls State game, added 10 points.
""I just didn't think we had very many bright spots," said Sanderson. " I thought Brian played pretty hard, but he had seven turnovers. We just can't have that out of a junior guard like him."
The Bisons shot 42.6 percent from the field. Jackson State shot 49.2 percent. The Bisons out-rebounded Jackson State 40-32. The Bisons committed 16 turnovers to 14 by Jackson State.
"I thought we were bad in transition defensively," said Sanderson. "We didn't get back in transition defense. That is something we work on everyday."
The game was the first in a Bisons' uniform for guard LaKory Daniels. He scored only two points, playing in his first game in about 18 months. Sanderson was excited to have Daniels on the court, but was worried about the possible effects of a lack of game time.
"I thought he struggled a little bit," said Sanderson. "He looked a little uncomfortable, and just a little rusty. That's just going to be part of it.
"We've got two or three games to try and work him back into the rotation. He's a guy that's going to be a big player for us."
Also returning to the lineup was guard James Poindexter. He played 21 minutes, but did not score. Sanderson thought he may have played Poindexter, who has seen very limited practice time and not played a game since Dec. 3 at East Tennessee, a little too long.