Nov. 27, 2006
The Lipscomb Bisons are figuring out how to win games, but they still aren't the team coach Scott Sanderson wants them to be.
"Some day we are going to have to pay for our sins," Sanderson said. "We aren't a very good basketball team right now. We are figuring out how to win and how to play the last five minutes of a game."
That day wasn't Monday as the Bisons came back strong in the second half to take a 62-46 win over Winston-Salem State, a team making the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I at Allen Arena.
The Bisons set a new NCAA record on defense with the 46 points. The previous low was 48 points by Kennesaw State on Feb. 26, 2006 at Allen Arena.
The Bisons played much of the first half, and all of the second half, without the services of guard Brian Fisk who was hit in the head by an elbow from a Winston-Salem player. Fisk returned to the bench in his uniform but did not see anymore playing time following the injury.
In a first half where neither team could find the basket consistently the Bisons led by seven at 20-13. But Winston-Salem State managed to bounce back and went ahead 21-20 at halftime.
"For pretty much the last part of the first half we played with our three best players on the bench with me," Sanderson said. "Trey Williams, Brian and Eddie Ard were all over here with me. I don't need them over here with me. I need them out on the court producing on both ends of the floor."
In the second half the Bisons managed to get back under control. A 12-2 run gave them a 45-33 lead with 6:45 left to play.
Winston-Salem State went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to six points at 49-43. The Bisons answered with a 9-0 run to 56-43 with 2:07 to play on back-to-back 3-pointers by LaKory Daniels.
Daniels finished with nine points, hitting three-of-five 3-point attempts.
"LaKory is a rhythm shooter," Sanderson said. "He made some big shots. I was glad to see those go down for him."
Ard led the Bisons in scoring with a game-high 19 points.
The Bisons shot 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field. They were only six-of-22 from the 3-point line, a 27.3 percent success rate after hitting only one-of-11 in the first half. They went to the free throw line 17 times, hitting 10.
"We didn't get good shots in the first half," Sanderson said. "At least in the second half we did a little bit better job moving a little bit better job screening."
Winston-Salem State placed three players in double figures. Jamal Durham led with 16 points followed by Brian Fisher with 15 and Darrell Wonge with 10. Wonge also got the double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Winston-Salem shot 33.3 percent from the field, hitting 16-of-48 shots. They were six-of-16 from 3-point range for 37.5 percent. They hit eight-of-14 free throws.
"We have not done a very good job offensively at all," Sanderson said. "We are not flowing at all. I thought defensively we were pretty solid."
The Bisons are 4-2. Winston-Salem State fell to 1-8.
The Bisons open defense of their Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship Thursday night at 8:15 at Allen Arena against Jacksonville as part of a double-header with the Lady Bisons.
The Bisons are taking Tuesday off and will prepare Wednesday for Jacksonville.
"We have to get better in a hurry," Sanderson said. "We are going to kind of get away from it Tuesday. We aren't going to watch film. We are going to get them away from us and let them heal up.
"In the league you have to win your games at home. Hopefully, we will be a little bit better Thursday night."