The Lipscomb University Bisons (0-0, 0-0 A-Sun) host NAIA Freed-Hardeman (2-0, 0-0 TransSouth) in their sole exhibition of the 2009-10 season. Game time is 7:00 p.m. (CT) in Allen Arena.
Lipscomb returns 11 players and four starters from last year’s squad that went 17-14. The Bisons won nine consecutive games before losing to Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinals to close out their season.
Freed-Hardeman also returns 11 players from their squad that went 24-10 before bowing out in the first round of the NAIA tournament.
Freed-Hardeman hosted the Lionbacker Classic defeating Harris-Stowe State College Friday evening 103-73 and Auburn University Montgomery Saturday evening 79-77.
Last year the Bisons defeated Freed-Hardeman 63-59 in an exhibition at Allen Arean. Brandon Brown led Lipscomb with 14 points and 6 rebounds while Adnan Hodzic added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Shun Trevillian led Freed-Hardeman with 13 points and six rebounds.
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- Lipscomb was 12-4 in Allen Arena last year and is 57-11 since the start of the 2004 season.
- The last time Freed-Hardeman beat Lipscomb was an 88-58 victory on their home court on Feb. 16, 1998.
- Hodzic has scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games, a Lipscomb NCAA-era record.
Junior center Adnan Hodzic was a unanimous selection to the A-Sun preseason All-Conference team. Last year Hodzic was named to the postseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference team. Sophomore Brian Wright was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team last year.
Lipscomb was picked to tie for first place for the Atlantic Sun Regular Season title and win the Atlantic Sun Championship in the preseason coaches poll. Lipscomb and Jacksonville each received 111 votes with Jacksonville receiving five first place votes to Lipscomb’s four. The Bisons were picked to finish second in the media poll. Jacksonville was picked first by the media.
The Bisons have lost Michael Lusk and Thomas Pfaff to graduation. Lusk and Pfaff were the only remaining Bisons from the 2006 squad that earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Lusk played in 122 games, starting 85. He averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during his final year. Pfaff played in 112 games, starting 33 for the Bisons. He averaged 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in his final campaign.
Lipscomb also lost point guard Jimmy Oden who transfered to Middle Tennessee State in the offseason.
Lipscomb welcomes five new players to its roster this year. Last year the Bisons signed three players to National Letters of Intent.
Brandon Barnes from Chapel Hill High School in Douglasville, Ga., and Zach Brown from William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, will join the Bisons backcourt next year. Serbian native Milos Kleut of North Cobb Christian in Kennesaw, Ga., will provide another big body in the Lipscomb post.
The Bisons received a key addition in the late spring when point guard Johnny Lee announced he will join the Bisons squad after graduating from George Washington University. Lee played three years at the Atlantic 10 school. Through a transfer exception that allows players to transfer without penalty after they complete an undergraduate degree, Lee will be eligible to play immediately.
Guard Jerry Macon of Southfield High School in Southfield, Mich., was added to the squad in June.
In addition to the five newcomers, the Bisons will place three new players on the court this year that redshirted last season. Guard Jacob Arnett and forward Matt Shaw will see action this year after sitting out their freshman season as redshirts. Sophomore center Justin Glenn will also wear the Lipscomb jersey for the first time this year after sitting out last year after transfering from Centenary College.
Bisons in Allen Arena
Lipscomb is 76-33 in Allen Arena. Since the start of the 2004 season, the Bisons hold a 57-11 advantage over visiting opponents. Lipscomb recorded its 50th win in Allen Arena on Jan. 7, 2007 with an 89-68 victory over Mercer. Allen Arena hosted the 2008 and 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournaments.