Coach Scott Sanderson sensed it during Friday’s workout. The players are still thinking about the last second 3-pointer by Jarvis Jones that sealed the Bisons fate in a 71-69 loss Thursday night against ETSU.
“We are trying to remove it, but it is still there,” Sanderson said. “I could just sense it during practice.
“Every loss affects you. And some losses affect you more than others. But we have to get over it. If not, that shot could add into our possibly getting beat again. We can’t let it keep us from focusing on what we need to do.”
The Bisons, 9-9, 6-3 in the A-Sun, play Campbell Saturday afternoon at 3:15 at Allen Arena. Campbell, 11-6, 6-2 in the conference, has won five of its last seven games and is 2-2 on the road against A-Sun teams this season. However, the Camels are 2-6 at Allen Arena overall.
Ironically, it was a 3-point shot at the last second from the left corner by Campbell’s Junard Hartley that sealed a 69-68 win over the Bisons at Allen Arena last season. It was Hartley’s only field goal of the game.
Campbell is led by senior forward Jonathan Rodriguez with 18.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Lonnie Merthie, the A-Sun Freshman of the Year last season, averaged 10.2 points per game.
“After those two they have a lot of solid players who are very similar,’ Sanderson said. “They are a very balanced team. Any one of their players can jump up and take over a game.”
Sanderson sees many similarities between Campbell and ETSU, especially on defense.
The Bisons are led by junior center Adnan Hodzic with 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Junior guard Josh Slater is averaging 15.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Jordan Burgason is scoring an average of 12.2 points per game.
The Bisons have lost two of their last three games, but Sanderson doesn’t sense a lack of confidence among his players.
“The good teams are the ones that can turn it around after a difficult loss,’ Sanderson said. “We didn’t play well against Jacksonville and we lost. We came back against North Florida and played one of our better games on both ends of the floor.
“It is up to us as coaches to continue to talk about getting over the ETSU game. When we lost to Arizona we had five days to regroup. This time we have one day. We have to be ready to go against Campbell.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations