Dec. 2, 2006
Trey Williams lived up to his first name hitting a career-high eight 3-pointers to carry the Lipscomb Bisons to a 68-54 Atlantic Sun victory.
Williams scored a career-high and game-high 27 points Saturday afternoon as the Bisons won their 14th straight game at Allen Arena. He came into the game averaging 17.1 points per game. His 27 points ties Brian Fisk for most points in single game by a Lipscomb player this season. Fisk had 27 against Jacksonville.
It was the third time this season that Williams has scored 23 or more points.
"What can you say about Trey?," Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. "He has been absolutely terrific. He has an Achilles' problem. He wasn't even sure he was going to try to play today.
"Luckily, he stepped up. He is playing with a lot of confidence. The problem is he needs some help. We have to get some other guys to be more consistent in production and playing night-in and night-out. We haven't had that yet."
Eddie Ard finished with 14 points, but eight of those points came from eight free throw attempts. He did not get his first field goal until the 9:45 mark of the second half.
"The best thing is Eddie got some good looks," Sanderson said. "We didn't shoot well, but Eddie got good quality shots. If they are taking good shots and missed them I don't say anything. He took good shots, but just missed them.
"If he will focus on the other end, defending and rebounding, the offensive end will come. He puts so much pressure on himself to do well offensively. He is a rhythm guy and he hasn't had them fall down yet. To the team's credit we have figured out ways to win while he hasn't been very good."
The Bisons trailed 30-28 at intermission. They also trailed by one point at 46-45 midway through the second half. After switching to a zone defense the Bisons shut down North Florida inside and took control of the game.
"We haven't worked on the zone a lot," Sanderson said. "That zone is designed to make the other team shoot jump shots and have us rebound the ball. In both the Jacksonville game and this game we have been able to do keep the other team from getting the ball inside. They were missing the jumpers and we were able to stretch out our lead."
Three North Florida players scored in double figures. Center Rashad Williams scored 13. Chris Timberlake and James Grimball scored 10 points each.
The Bisons are 2-0 in the conference, 6-2 overall. North Florida fell to 1-7, 0-2 in the A-Sun.
The next game for the Bisons is Thursday night at Vanderbilt at 8 p.m.
"I think it is a good opportunity," Sanderson said. "Right now, we have to start thinking about going over there and competing and playing well. It is a bigger game for us. We have three days of preparation and practice. It is a win-win for us regardless of the outcome."