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Bisons open conference action against Mercer

Friday, December 03, 2010

The Game

The Lipscomb University Bisons open Atlantic Sun Conference play Saturday evening against the Mercer Bears in Allen Arena.  The game is set to tip at 6:32 p.m. central time.

Lipscomb has won four consecutive matchups with the Bears and 11 of the last 12 meetings.  Lipscomb is 5-2 against Mercer in Allen Arena and 11-4 overall.

Lipscomb has had a week to prepare for the contest after defeating UT Martin 90-71 on the road last Saturday.  Brandon Barnes scored a career-high 25 points as the Bisons rallied from a 13-point first half deficit.  Adnan Hodzic (22/11), Brandon Brown (10/11), and Josh Slater (15/13) each posted double-doubles for the Bisons.  Lipscomb outrebounded UT Martin 55-24.

Mercer dropped its A-Sun opener at Belmont Thursday night 89-67.  Belmont led the whole contest.  Former Lipscomb Bison Brandon Moore tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds, both team-highs.  Brian Mills scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 20 minutes of action. Jeff Smith leads Mercer in scoring at 14.5 per contest.  Moore averages 13 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds.

Quick Hits
  • Lipscomb is 2-0 in Allen Arena while Mercer is 0-4 on the road.
  • Lipscomb’s 42.6 rebounds per game leads the Atlantic Sun and is the fourth highest average in the nation.
  • Hodzic has scored in double figures in 62 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.
  • Jordan Burgason failed to hit a 3-pointer against UT Martin snapping his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a longball at 41.
  • The Atlantic Sun is the only conference where its top two rebounders (Hodzic 10 rpg & Slater 9.2 rpg) are teammates.
  • Barnes' 25 points against UT Martin were the most by a Lipscomb freshman since Brian Fisk scored 26 vs. Campbell on Jan. 31, 2004.
 
Lipscomb Rankings Report
  • RPI: 89 (2nd)
  • Basketball State: 90 (3rd)
  • Sagarin Rating:  94 (2nd)
  • Strength of Schedule: 95