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Bisons beat Jacksonville 83-70 for fourth straight win

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Feb. 9, 2008

Final Stats

Lipscomb Bisons coach Scott Sanderson has been stressing the need for his team to not allow visiting teams to win on the Allen Arena court.

Saturday afternoon the Bisons won their third home game in a row and fourth game in a row with an 83-70 win over Jacksonville Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. The loss was the second in a row for Jacksonville in an A-Sun game.

"We don't want anybody coming in here with any kind of confidence," said Lipscomb assistant coach Jay Walton. "We have already dropped two games at home this year which is not something we are used to doing. It's a pride thing. Our guys hear it every day."

The Bisons shot a sizzling 67.4 percent from the field, hitting 29-of-43 shots. They shot 65 percent in the first half (13-of-20) and 69.6 percent in the second (16-of-23).

They held Jacksonville to 43. 5 percent (27-of-62) for the game, including 34.5 percent in the second half (10-of-29).

"When you hit 67 percent you are going to win that game most nights," said Walton.

The Bisons jumped out to a 5-0 lead opening with a 3-pointer from senior forward Eddie Ard followed by a jump shot from freshman center Adnan Hodzic.

Jacksonville tied the game twice in the first half at 17-17 and 29-29, but did not get a lead until Brian Gilbert scored on a lay-up with 5:31 left to play.

The lead was short-lived. Freshman guard Josh Slater hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 31-31 with 4:09 before intermission.

Jacksonville came back to tie the game at 33-33 and 35-35. Gilbert connected on a jumper with 1:44 left to put Jacksonville ahead 37-35.

Again Slater went to the line with 1:01 left to tie the game at 37-37. A lay-up by junior guard Michael Lusk put the Bisons back in front 39-37 with 50 seconds on the clock.

Aric Brooks dunked the ball for Jacksonville to tie the game at 39-39. Senior center Jason Hopkins hit one of two free throws with one second remaining to send the Bisons into the dressing room with a 40-39 lead.

"At halftime the tempo was not how we wanted it to be," said Walton. "We needed to slow them down. I thought for four or five straight trips Jacksonville was scoring too quickly.

"We went to the zone and made them work and got them out of their rhythm a little bit. We rebounded out of it. They showed a lot of heart."

Jacksonville, playing the game without starter Marcus Allen, controlled early in the second half with a 9-2 run for a 48-42 lead with 16:46 to play.

"Offensively, we like to run and we like to take good shots," Walton said. "Defensively, we want to make people work and take time off the shot clock. We want to make the other team grind it out.

"I thought we did that in the second half. I thought our energy level was much higher in the second half."

The Bisons rallied to take a 53-51 lead at 13:40 on a jump shot from senior guard LaKory Daniels. The Bisons did not trail the rest of the first half,

From 5:49 until the final buzzer the Bisons led by double-figures with one exception. Gilbert cut the lead to nine (73-64) with 2:54 on the clock.

The biggest lead of the game for the Bisons was 15 points (83-68) with 47 seconds left.

The Bisons placed four players in double figures. Hodzic led with a game-high 20 points followed by Slater and Ard with 17 each. Daniels added 12.

Hodzic hit eight-of-nine shots from the field. Slater, Ard and Daniels each hit five-of-nine.

Ben Smith and Lehmon Colbert each scored 18 points for Jacksonville.

Slater led the Bisons with seven rebounds.

The Bisons are 12-13 overall, 6-5 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville is 12-1l overall, 8-3 in the conference.