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Sunday, December 17, 2006
Dec. 17, 2006
EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ If you had told the Lipscomb Bisons they would prevent Evansville from scoring a field goal in the final 10 minutes of a game they would be counting the victory.
Well, the Bisons did hold Evansville scoreless from the field in the final 10 minutes. But Evansville, playing on its home court at Roberts Stadium Saturday night, made 25 free throws during that same 10-minute span to take an 80-73 win over the Bisons.
Evansville had held its last five opponments to 49 or less points on their home court. They had lost only to Miami and Missouri since losing to the Bisons 67-64 Nov. 13 at Allen Arena.
For much of the game it looked like Evansville was going to lose a second time to the Bisons. Throughout the game the Bisons stayed close, usually within four points of Evansville.
With 4:34 remaining in the game the Bisons took a 62-60 lead as point guard Trey Williams sank a 3-pointer.
Guard Brian Fisk led the Bisons in scoring with 18 points. Also in double figures for the Bisons were forward Eddie Ard with 16 and Williams with 15. Williams had injured his ankle Thursday night against Nicholls State, but was ready to go against Evansville.
The Bisons made only six turnovers and held a slight 32-31 edge on the boards.
But at the free throw line Evansville dominated hitting 35-of-41 attempts, including 29-of-34 in the second half. Matt Webster set a school record for free throws as he made 20. Four Bisons fouled out of the game - Ard, Thomas Pfaff, Ryan Daniel and Jason Hopkins.
The Bisons were 4-10 from the free throw line for the game. They shot 45.9 percent from the field 28-of-61) and 46.4 percent from the 3-point line hitting 13-of-28 shots. Fisk hit seven 3-pointers on 13 attempts, Williams was 6-of-14 and Ard was 5-of-13.
Evansville hit 20-of-42 shots from the field, a 47.6 percent success rate, but only 5-of-17 from the 3-point line.
Webster scored a game-high 33 points and a game-high nine rebounds.. Kyle Anslinger added 15, Art Stalbergs added 11 and Bradley Strickland finished with 10.
The Bisons are 7-4 with non-conference games against Liberty University Dec. 21 and Alabama Dec. 29 remaining before returning to Atlantic Sun Conference play in January.
Evansville, a power in the Missouri Valley Conference, is 7-3.
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