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Kennesaw State (2-5, 0-2 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (5-4, 1-1 A-Sun)
12/3/2011 | Nashville, TN - Allen Arena | Attendance: 2319
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Class has been in session for Lipscomb forward Malcolm Smith since the start of basketball practice. Nine games into his freshman season he appears to be ready to move up to the head of the class.
Saturday afternoon he scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Bisons to a 75-52 win over Kennesaw State at Allen Arena in an Atlantic Sun Conference game.
Malcolm also hauled down 12 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double.
Malcolm was coming off a 22-point performance Thursday night in the 79-72 loss to Mercer. He is aware the every practice, every shoot-around and every game is another chance to learn.
“I have had many learning experiences, but this has been a different one,” Malcolm said. “I’m finally getting adjusted to what I need to do in being a consistent player.
“I thank God for everything that has been going on the past two games. I got off to a rocky start, but God has blessed me to have that opportunity to be on the court and I have been trying to take advantage of the time I do have.”
Malcolm has shot over 50 percent from the field in the last two games. One of his biggest adjustments has been the way he selects his shots.
“In high school I could get away with taking any type of shot,” Malcolm said. “The shots on this level are a lot harder to come by. When you get the opportunity to make a shot you have to do it.”
Center Justin Glenn recorded his second double-double in the last three games with a game-high 15 rebounds and 11 points.
“In Justin you can see it in his eyes,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. “He is getting more and more confident. You can see it in Malcolm’s eyes. He is getting more and more comfortable with his role.
“Malcolm is taking good shots. He is not avoiding contact. He is getting to the free throw line. He is very efficient around the basket.”
Forward Damarius Smith also chipped in 11 points. He had nine assists for the second time in three games.
Guard Markeith Cummings, the preseason selection as player of the year in the conference, led Kennesaw State with a double-double with a team-leading 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Spencer Dixon added 11 points and guard Nick Turner finished with 10.
Forward Aaron Anderson paced Kennesaw State in rebounds with 13.
The Bisons held a 50-37 advantage on the boards.
One of the biggest concerns for Sanderson was that the Bisons held Kennesaw State to 17 points in the first half but allowed 35 in the second. The Bisons led 37-17 at the half.
“I thought in the first half that we played really good on both ends of the floor,” Sanderson said. “I wrote on the board at halftime to try to maintain what we did in the first half. I didn’t want them to play like they had a 20-point lead. I wanted them to play like it was 0-0.
“It’s easy to say that, but it is hard to do, especially with a lot of new kids. Early in the second half we were scoring, but so were they and they were scoring easy baskets. I wanted to get that stopped. For the most part I thought we were O.K.”
Kennesaw State has never won at Allen Arena, losing all six times. Kennesaw State is 2-5 overall, 0-2 in the A-Sun.
The Bisons, 5-4 overall, 1-1 in the A-Sun, will host UT-Martin Tuesday night at 6:30.
Sanderson plans on doing some more fine-tuning as the Bisons return to non-conference play for the next five games.
“I’ve got to be able to establish substitution rotations,” Sanderson said. “That takes some time. The non-conference games are important for us in learning how to play with different combinations. The beauty of We are going to learn a lot in the next month.”
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