Slater posts double-double in win over Freed-Hardeman
Thursday, November 5, 2009
By Trevor Garrett
Slater posts double-double in win over Freed-Hardeman
Josh Slater posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Adnan Hodzic led Lipscomb with 18 points in an 88-59 win over NAIA Freed-Hardeman in an exhibition Thursday evening.

“I liked our transition offense really well tonight,” said Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson.  “I thought we rebounded the ball really well. We outrebounded them 57-38 and had 20 offensive rebounds.”

The Bisons went on a 12-0 run over just less than three minutes to go up 23-10 at the 11:01 mark in the first half.  Lipscomb never looked back and expanded its lead to 24 when Slater connected on a 3-pointer to give the Bisons a 46-22 lead going into halftime.

“Josh was scoring, he was active offensively, he was rebounding,” said Sanderson.  “He had nine points and nine rebounds at the half.  We are going to send him to the boards more this year because he is so long and that lets him rebound the ball really well.”

Brandon Brown was the only other Bison to post in double figures with 15 points.  Brown provided exceptional energy and quickness for the Bisons.

“He is long and athletic and can really move,” said Sanderson.  “He just has to make sure he takes good shots.  He’s improved a lot in the offseason and has shot the ball a lot better for us in the preseason.”

Lipscomb outrebounded Freed-Hardeman 57-38.  Slater paced the Bisons with 10 boards, but every player successfully crashed the boards.  Eight players finished with four or more rebounds.

Freed-Hardeman did not have a player score in double figures.  Ken Bingham led the Lions with seven points.  Jesse Moulton was the top-rebounder with eight rebounds.

Preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection Hodzic was 5-of-10 from the field and connected on 8-of-10 free throws for his team-high 18 points.

Freshman point guard Zach Brown provided key hustle points off the bench for Lipscomb.  He had four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 17 minutes of action.

Senior transfer Johnny Lee scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes on the court.

Lipscomb was 28-of-69 from the field for 40.6 percent.  They were 8-of-25 from beyond the 3-point line for 32 percent.  The Bisons attempted 35 free throws connecting on 24 of them (68.6 percent).

Freed-Hardeman was 20-of-65 from the field for 30.8 percent and 7-of-26 from the 3-point line for 26.9 percent.  Freed-Hardeman was 12-of-18 from the free throw line for 66.7 percent.

Lipscomb held a 36-18 advantage in the paint.  The Bisons scored 20 of their points on the fast break compared to four points for Freed-Hardeman.

The Bisons will practice Friday evening before taking Saturday off.  They have a week to prepare before their opener next Saturday, Nov. 14 against Elon.

“There are certain things on the floor defensively that we have not grasped yet,” said Sanderson. “Although Freed-Hardeman shot just under 30 percent from the floor, they just missed a lot of shots and we have to clean up our defense.”

Game time is set for 7 p.m. against Elon in Allen Arena.  Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door.