Nov. 30, 2006
The Lipscomb Bisons started their defense of their Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship with a 73-61 win over Jacksonville Thursday night at Allen Arena.
It was the conference season-opener for both teams. It was also the 13th consecutive win at home for the Bisons dating back to Jan. 14, 2006.
"I don't want to be too critical," Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. "I still think good teams find a way to win. But we haven't clicked on all cylinders. It is a process.
"We have not clicked yet on the offensive end of the floor, but we are still winning. We have been behind a lot this year. This team knows how to win. We have done a good job of finishing games."
The Bisons led by seven, 40-33, at the half. Jacksonville led by four with 13:08 left in the first half. Jacksonville came out strong in the second half, pulling to within one point of the Bisons at 46-45 with 14:49 left to play.
The Bisons rebuilt their lead, taking a 10-point advantage with 29 seconds left.
"Jacksonville is a much-improved team," Sanderson said. "They are not the same team we played last year. They have good speed and quickness. They really can defend."
The Bisons were led by guard Brian Fisk who scored a game-high 27, the most points in a single game this season by a Bisons player. He was 8-of-16 from the field, including three-of-five from 3-point range and eight-of-12 from the free throw line.
"I don't think you can key on any one guy on this team," Sanderson said. "We have several guys who can score 10 or 15 points on any given night."
The Bisons shot 41.8 percent from the field, hitting 23-of-55 shots. They were 8-of-24 from 3-point range for a 33.3 percent success rate.
"More than anything I want us to get better looks at the basket," Sanderson said. "We did a little bit better job this time, but we haven't done the job I would like."
Jacksonville placed two players in double figures. Lehmon Colbert scored 15 points and Marcus Allen finished with 11.
The Bisons lost the battle on the boards 37-35.
The Bisons are 5-2, 1-0 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville slipped to 3-4, 0-1 in the conference.
"We are winning, but we have not played very good basketball," Sanderson said. "We have to get better. We have a lot of guys who need to play well and get their heads up. We have a lot of guys on the bench, but we didn't get very much production."
The Bisons are back in action Saturday at 4 p.m. at Allen Arena when A-Sun foe North Florida visits. The game is part of a double-header. The Lady Bisons will play North Florida at 2.
"We are going to walk through some stuff Friday and not practice," Sanderson said. "We play an afternoon game. We need to get our legs back under us. We had a lot of players play 36 to 37 minutes."
Sophomore guard Michael Lusk was unable to play in the game for medical reasons. Sanderson is hopeful he will be back in the line-up for North Florida.
"He is critical to our team," Sanderson said. "People don't think about him a lot because he doesn't score a whole lot. But he doesn't turn the ball over and he rebounds.
"He is an absolute lock-down defender. He guards a man-and-a-half. It was dangerous without him."