Nov. 5, 2007
Both the Lipscomb Bisons and the Freed-Hardeman Lions were a little touchy.
In the 81-68 win by the Bisons Monday night in an exhibition game at Allen Arena, both teams combined for 60 fouls.
The Bisons shot 26-of-39 from the free throw line. Freed-Hardeman shot 17-of-24.
"Both teams were playing hard and playing aggressive and playing man-to-man," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "We wanted to play at a fast pace, but when the whistle is blowing every five minutes and teams are shooting a lot of free throws it is going to affect the pace of the game.
"Freed-Hardeman wanted to play fast too. They have much better athletes than they have had in the past."
The Bisons overcame an early Freed-Hardeman lead to hold a 37-30 edge at the half. They led by 10 points, their first double figures lead of the half at 29-19 with 5:28 left to play on a dunk by center Jason Hopkins.
Twice in the final 2:07 of the first half the Bisons led by 11 points, with a 37-26 advantage at 1:41 on a jump shot by freshman guard Josh Slater.
The Bisons never trailed in the second half, holding a double figures leads for the final nine minutes.
Center Thomas Pfaff and Slater each had 14 points for the Bisons, tying Freed-Hardeman's Daren Currie for the game-high.
Also in double figures for the Bisons was guard Michael Lusk with 10 points.
"I thought Mike played really well," Sanderson said. "Mike took care of the basketball. He was very good defensively. He made some big shots for us."
Freed-Hardeman placed two more players in double figures with Kristoffer Smith scoring 12 and Tyler Jennings chipping in with 11.
Smith posted a game-high 10 boards for Freed-Hardeman.
The Bisons hit 12-of-35 from the field and 10-of-14 from the free throw line in the first half. The Bisons went into their dressing room at halftime with a 37-30 lead.
Freed-Hardeman, an NAIA school, has already played tow games this season posting a 2-0 record. This was the second exhibition game for the Bisons, who beat Tusculum in the first exhibition.
"This is a good game for both teams," Sanderson said. "When you play those guys you know it is going to be an intense game. I think it is a good game to play."
The Bisons open the regular season Friday against Centenary at Iowa State's Tournament. They still have some work to do.
"We didn't execute on either end of the floor," Sanderson said. "They beat us off of the dribble way too much. We can't let people get by us and get into the lane. We have to get that corrected."