Jan. 10, 2006
It's now 100 and counting.
Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson, in his seventh season, won his 100th game with the Bisons Monday night in a 75-67 win over the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
The victory was the second in a row in the Atlantic Sun for the Bisons and their third in their last four games.
Well, I didn't, our players did," said Sanderson of his accomplishment. "Our players did and our staff did I told our players we have an unbelievable staff, and they are in tune to what we are doing and our players have got to have blind faith throughout the game so that when we are making adjustments--they have got to be exactly sure as to what they are doing. I just credit that (100 victories at Lipscomb) to our players and our coaches because they have worked extremely hard."
This time out the Bisons had to work extremely hard to take a road victory from a team that has not won an A-Sun game in six tries. North Florida, in its first season in the A-Sun and NCAA Division I, is 3-10 overall.
The Bisons are 8-6, 4-2 in the conference.
In the first half the Bisons quickly fell behind 20-10 before going on a 31-8 run. At intermission Lipscomb, in its first meeting with North Florida, held a 41-28 halftime lead.
Sanderson was shocked by the opening minutes of the game. He thought the team had been very focused in the two practice sessions preparing for North Florida.
"I don't understand," said Sanderson. "I guess I'm just going to have to let them junk around and kick it in practice and maybe we can get off to a better start.
" I thought we were focused in, and we get down 20-10 and I call time out and then we go on a 30-8 run. It is a hard thing to figure out. I thought we were ready to play. But I have to give North Florida credit. They are very sound and have good sound coaching."
In the second half North Florida, sparked by eight points from center David Ashell, went on a relentless 14-2 scoring run, coming to within one point of the Bisons at 43-42 with 14:17 left to play.
The Bisons managed to recover, posting a modest 9-2 run for a 52-44 lead with 11:04 remaining.
The closest North Florida would get to the Bisons from that point on was seven points (67-60) with 2:24 left to play.
"You have got to win road games," said Sanderson. "And to get two solid wins on the road _ I don't care where they are _ they are good wins. I'll take them."
Five Bisons were in double figures. Senior guard James Poindexter scored a game-high 16 points. Sophomore forward Eddie Ard scored 14. Junior guard Brian Fisk added 13 and senior center Shaun Durant finished with 10.
"Eddie and Shaun were not in tune early, and I played the bench a lot early in the first half trying to find a combination," said Sanderson. "I was trying to give them a wake-up call. Eddie got back in and did a good job the last part of the first half.
"Then in the second half he gets boxed out, and doesn't dive for a ball. He gets his fifth foul and is frustrated."
Sanderson also felt it was the right time to challenge Durant to elevate his game.
"I told Shaun, if we are going to do anything in the league, he has got to score some points in the low post," said Sanderson. "They are going to jam us up on the perimeter and he can score some down low for us.
"He came up big in the second half and delivered some baskets for us. We have got to get 10 points and 10 rebounds out of him during his minutes."
Freshman guard Michael Lusk posted his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and a game, season and career-high 11 rebounds.
"We have been on him about rebounding," said Sanderson. "You know he weighs 165 pounds with a brick in his pocket. He is not very heavy at all, but he was focused on what he had to do.
" He needs to rebound the basketball because that is one thing that we give up when we play him. But he goes in there and gets 11 rebounds. To me that is focused. That is focused on our team. That is going to help you. He gets the rebounds and 13 points."
The Bisons shot 47.1 percent from the field. North Florida posted a 49.1 field goal percentage.
North Florida placed three players in double figures. Forward Rashad Williams and Ashwell both scored 15. Ryan Daugherty added 10.
The Bisons are back at Allen Arena Saturday at 1 p.m. to face Mercer.
"We came out here and got two road wins and now we are going home for three," said Sanderson. "It is kind of like Gardner-Webb. They went home for two and dropped both of them. You have got to win your home games and you have to go steal some on the road. And we have a couple of home ones this weekend."