Feb. 7, 2008
Coaches always talk about their teams getting better with each game.
Certainly that is the case with Lipscomb's Bisons basketball team. Thursday night at Allen Arena they rolled to a 74-42 Atlantic Sun win over UNF at Allen Arena. The 32-points gave the Bisons their largest victory margin this season.
But more important than the scoring advantage for Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson was the defensive effort of the Bisons. They held UNF to 28.8 percent shooting from the field, hitting only 17-of-59 attempts.
Guard Tom Hammonds, who came into the game as UNF's leading scorer with 13.9 points per game, failed to connect from the field, missing all 12 of his attempts.
"We are better defensively," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "I thought we did what we wanted to do defensively. In the last couple of games we have taken out some of the better players on different teams. We did a good job on Hammonds. I was proud of us defensively."
The Bisons opened with a 3-point shot by guard Michael Lusk. Lusk scored the next six points as the Bisons built an 8-0 lead. They never trailed in the game on their way to their third straight win.
At the half the Bisons had built up a 36-21 lead, tying their biggest margin of the first 20 minutes.
The Bisons started the second half with a 5-0 run. Freshman center Adnan Hodzic scored on a lay-up and freshman guard Josh Slater connected on a 3-pointer to give the Bisons a 41-21 lead in the first 42 seconds.
But UNF made one big surge with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 41-31 at 17:04. That would be closest UNF would get to the Bisons in the second half.
Five Bisons scored in double figures. Slater finished with a game-high 17 points. Senior guard LaKory Daniels scored 12 points, all in the second half as he hit four-of-eight 3-point shots.
Also in double figures for the Bisons were Lusk with 11 points, including three-of-three 3-pointers, Hodzic with 10 points and freshman forward Brandon Brown with 10.
One of the keys for the Bisons has been the change to a four-guard lineup with Slater, Lusk, Daniels and Ard starting along with Hodzic.
"Our spacing is a lot better with four guards on the floor," Sanderson said. "We have four guys who can shoot the basketball and drive the basketball. We have guys inside who can score.
"A team has to guard more of the floor with four guards out there. It has really helped us the last three or four games. It has changed the chemistry of the team."
Sanderson made the line-up change in an effort to shake up the Bisons on both ends of the court.
"We weren't getting good shots," Sanderson said. "We weren't playing well defensively. We weren't flowing offensively. Now you have to guard all four of our guys on the perimeter."
Guard Stan Januska was the only UNF player in double figures with 14 points.
The Bisons held a slight 37-34 advantage on the boards. Hodzic and senior center Jason Hopkins each had six rebounds.
Forward DeVon Jones grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for UNF.
The Bisons are 11-13, 5-5 in the A-Sun.
UNF slipped to 1-21, 0-10 in the conference.
The Bisons are back in action at Allen Arena Saturday at 2 p.m. when Jacksonville visits. The Lady Bisons will play Jacksonville at 4:15.