December 06, 20111st2ndFinal
UT Martin233255
Stats at a GlanceUTMLIP
FG Percentage.370 (20-54) .433 (26-60)
3P FG Percentage.308 (4-13) .304 (7-23)
FT Percentage.846 (11-13) .786 (11-14)
Offensive Rebounds1611
Defensive Rebounds2320
Total Rebounds3931
Bench Points2132
SMITH - 11
ReboundsWASHINGTON - 7
AssistsKING - 3
StealsTAYLOR - 2
BOYD - 3
Bisons pluck Skyhawks; end homestand with 70-55 win
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
By Mark McGee
Bisons pluck Skyhawks; end homestand with 70-55 win

Freshman center Marvin Williams posted season highs in both points and rebounds to pace the Lipscomb Bisons to a 70-55 win over Tennessee-Martin.

The Tuesday game at Allen Arena was the last home game for the Bisons until Jan. 14. The Bisons are 6-4 overall and have won five of their last six games. UT Martin, from the Ohio Valley Conference, is 2-8.

“I’m getting more comfortable out there,” Williams said. “In high school I wasn’t a go-to guy. I always could score but they didn’t need me to do it. I have had to get comfortable with getting the ball a lot.”

Coach Scott Sanderson has told Williams, 6-foot-8, 270 pounds, he has great potential. Williams provided a glimpse of what he is capable of doing, but Sanderson wants to see more consistency in practice.

“Potential is a scary word,” Sanderson said. “I don’t like that word, but he does have a lot of potential. You saw what he can do in this game.

“He can score down there. But his biggest problem is he is inconsistent in practice and when you practice like that you are going to be inconsistent in games. We are trying to explain that to him, but it has not been easy.”

The Bisons led 20-19 with 6:30 left in the first half. UT Martin never led or tied the game the rest of the way.

Starting at 5:10 of the first half the Bisons connected on four consecutive 3-point shots in approximately a two-minute span with two by guard Jordan Burgason and one each from guards Damarius Smith and Deonte Alexander to give the Bisons a 33-21 lead.

Guard Robert Boyd sank a jumper at the buzzer to put the Bisons ahead 35-23 halftime lead.

In the opening 2:11 of the second half UT Martin twice cut the Bisons led to eight points. A lay-up by guard Jordan Burgason at 17:35 gave the Bisons a 39-29 lead. They held a double-figure scoring advantage the rest of the way, leading by 19 with 2:49 left to play.

Joining Williams in double figures were guard Jordan Burgason with a team-high 11 points and Alexander with 10.

Guard Damarius Smith tied Williams for the team rebound lead with five.

UT Martin was led by forward Jeremy Washington with 12 points and seven rebounds, both game highs. Forward Myles Taylor chipped in with 11 points.

The Bisons shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field while holding UT Martin to 37 percent (20-of-54).

“We haven’t shot it as well as I would like, but we are a good shooting team,” Sanderson said. “Once we consistently take better shots on offense we will be fine.”

UT-Martin won the battle on the boards with 39. The Bisons finished with 31 rebounds.

“UT-Martin had 16 offensive rebounds which is way too many,” Sanderson said.

The Bisons committed 12 turnovers. They scored 23 points off of 22 miscues by UT-Martin.

“We have to learn how to play both halves,” Sanderson said. “I thought in our last two games we didn’t play as well in the second half as we did the first half. We didn’t maintain our intensity.

“We have to do a better job of that or we are going to get beat. It is a matter of maturity but we are not going to use that as an excuse.”

The Bisons head east to Cookeville Saturday night to face Tennessee Tech, another OVC team. Game time is at 7.