KENNESAW, GA. - The Bisons bounced back to the win column Thursday night with an 82-67 road win over Kennesaw State at the Convocation Center.
Lipscomb clinched the fourth overall seed in next week’s General Shale Atlantic Sun Championships with Thursday’s win.
The Bisons won the battle on the boards with a 44-37 rebounding edge. Head coach Scott Sanderson said rebounding was the difference in the game.
“We have talked about rebounding being a major issue for us,” Sanderson said. “I was kind of upset with our guys at halftime because the last twelve minutes they killed us on the backboards.
“We out-rebounded them by seven in the second half, only turned the ball over seven times, and held them to 35 percent shooting. Your chances of winning go way up. We needed this game.”
Bisons junior Jordan Burgason paced the Bisons with 21 points. He went seven-of-10 from behind the arc and broke Lipscomb’s NCAA all-time three-point record previously held by James Poindexter. The junior out of Ames, Iowa has now hit 206 three pointers in his career.
“If he [Burgason] gets loose, then the basket gets big and he can make a bushel full of them,” Sanderson said. “He creates stretch and you can drive to his side because you know there is going to be suction over there. We needed him to make some shots and he did.”
Adnan Hodzic used nine second-half rebounds to record his seventh double-double of the season. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“I was proud of Adnan,” Sanderson said. “He had one rebound at halftime, and we have been on him about rebounding the basketball. He ends up getting nine more in the second half, and he gets his first double-double tonight in a while. I was proud of him and the way he played.”
Bisons senior Josh Slater had another solid all-around performance. He reeled in five rebounds, recorded three steals, dished out a game-high eight assists, and scored 17 points.
Lipscomb junior Justin Glenn came off the bench to provide a lift for the Bisons. He scored eight points and brought down four rebounds.
“I thought Justin Glenn was terrific,” Sanderson said. “He made his mid-range shots and I thought Justin played one of his better games tonight.”
In the first half, the Bisons jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first five minutes. However, the Owls stormed back and took a 30-29 lead with 4:12 remaining in the first half. It would prove to be their largest lead of the game.
At halftime Lipscomb led 41-37.
In the second half, the Owls stayed within 10 points during the first 10 minutes until the Bisons took a 66-56 lead at the 9:04 mark. The Bisons held Kennesaw State to just one field goal from the 15:04 mark to the 3:15 mark in the second half. Lipscomb closed the game on an 11-3 run. The Owls never led during the second half.
Lipscomb shot 46.2 percent from the field on 30-of-65 shooting. The Owls shot 35.6 percent from the floor, hitting 21-of-59 of their shots. The Bisons hit eight out of 18 three pointers for a 44.4 percent clip. KSU connected on 36 percent of their three point attempts (ninie-of-29). Lipscomb shot 14-for-17 from the free-throw line while the Owls were 16-of-24.
With the win, the Bisons improved to 17-11 overall and 12-7 in the Atlatnic Sun. KSU dropped to 8-21 overall and 6-13 in league play.
“We are glad to win,” Sanderson said. “This has been a hard place for us to win and this was a good win for us.”
Lipscomb will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Mercer. Game time is set for 3:30 central. Coverage on the Lipscomb Sports Network will begin at 3:10 p.m.