Bisons defense lets them down in second half against Vandy
Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dec. 9, 2007

Final Stats


The Lipscomb Bisons faced one of the best Vanderbilt teams in recent memory and held their own for much of the way.

In the second half the Bisons scored 42 points against the nationally-ranked Commodores, but they allowed 54 as center A.J. Ogilvy scored a game-high 26 points and forward Shan Foster added 21 in a 90-67 loss at Memorial Gym Saturday night in front of 13,788 fans. The game was also televised live on CSS.

"With Vanderbilt's inside-outside attack you have to cover so much of the floor against them because they stretch it out so much on the perimeter and hurt you inside," Sanderson said. "We think we are pretty good defensively but when you have to guard the whole floor and deal with Ogilvy inside it is tough.

"They are big, strong and athletic. They are a really good team."

The Bisons were down 36-25 at the half with Ogilvy accounting for 18 points. Foster scored 17 of his points in the second half, hitting all five of his 3-point field goals after intermission.

"The first half we did a decent job," Sanderson said. "I thought our zone defense slowed them down a little bit.

"We did a good job on Foster in the first half. But we went back to man defense and we never got back to him. When you give him open shots he is going to make them."

Also in double figures for the Commodores was Alan Metcalfe with 12 points. Ogilvy finished with a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.

"We have never faced a player like Ogilvy, at least as long as I have been here," Sanderson said. "

Senior forward Eddie Ard led the Bisons in scoring with 18 points. Junior center Thomas Pfaff added 15 points, a career-high.

The Bisons pulled to witnin eight points of the Commodores at 54-46 with 12:27 left to play on a jumper by Ard,

"I thought we did a better job offensively in the second half," Sanderson said. "I thought we made some shots When we score 40 or more points in the second half that is usually enough for us to win, but we gave up 54 points. If we keep on giving up that many points we are going to struggle.

"We need some guys to be more consistent and step up. It is hard right now to know who to play because we so much inconsistency. We have some good defensive players who aren't as good offensively and we have some good offensive players who aren't as good defensively."

Pfaff and freshman forward Brandon Brown each grabbed eight rebounds as the Bisons held a 43-40 edge on the boards. They hauled down 20 offensive rebounds compared to 12 by Vanderbilt.

"The problem was we needed to make a lot of lay-ups when you get 20 offensive rebounds, but we didn't," Sanderson said. "We didn't get any sticks backs or lay-ups. When you get 20 offensive rebounds you are supposed to get a lot of points out of that and we didn't get as many as we should have.

"When Vanderbilt got the ball inside they went through our teeth. When we got the ball inside we shied away from contact and wondered why we didn't get the fouls."

The Bisons are playing four freshmen significant minutes and also have Michael Lusk out of position at point guard. With so much inexperience on the court Sanderson expects a level of inconsistency.

"Michael has done a very good job at point guard, but we need somebody else to step up and be able to play some minutes there," Sanderson said. "So far we haven't found that guy."

The Vanderbilt game was first of seven straight road games for the Bisons. After taking off this week for players to finish final exams they travel to Nicholls State Dec. 15 for a series of games in Louisiana.

The Bisons are 4-6 this season. Vanderbilt is 9-0.