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Murray State (5-1)
11/26/2012 | Allen Arena | Attendance: 2985
Monday, November 26, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson rarely makes a return visit to the dressing room after he finishes his radio interview on 102.5 The Game.
But before grabbing some postgame food and sitting down with his assistant coaches in his office Sanderson felt the need to look in on his team one last time Monday night.
“I wanted to reinforce what I had told them after the game,” Sanderson said. “They said, `coach, our heads are up’. That is always a good sign for them to be able to say that.”
Sanderson isn’t one for moral victories, but he was happy with the effort from his team in an 88-79 loss to Murray State at Allen Arena.
“I did like our passion and energy and how we played,” Sanderson said. “We had that at practice Sunday. We have to bottle it up.
“We need to have it at practice this week. We have so many new guys. We need to find out how we can maintain this and build upon it. That is the key question.”
The Bisons led at halftime 40-39 and pulled ahead 46-41 with 17:59 left in the second half. But the Bisons ran out of players and ultimately out of gas. Murray State came back and led 47-46 with 15:55 to play and never gave up the lead though the Bisons pulled within one at 55-54 with 12:46 remaining on a 3-point shot by Martin Smith.
“We talked a lot about getting off to a quick start and I thought we did that in both halves,” Sanderson said. “We have to get a couple of more guys off the bench to step up for us and play a few more minutes. I thought we got tired down the stretch.
“The guys who haven’t played a lot need to come off the bench and make something positive happen. They can’t turn the ball over or act like they are scared. I have to have some confidence in them in game situations.”
Forward Malcolm Smith led the Bisons in scoring with 22 points, but hit only 6-of-10 shots from the free throw line.
Guard Deonte Alexander added 18 points followed by forward Martin Smith with 17 and guard Carter Sanderson added 10.
“They had four seniors starting and we had one,” Sanderson said. “Can we grow up and learn from this game and understand that we can play with teams like this?
“We have to keep getting better leading into January and the start of league play. Our schedule is extremely difficult. I told them after the game to blame me for the schedule. Hopefully, it will get us ready for league play.”
Murray State All-America guard Isaiah Canaan connected on 6-of-11 shots from 3-point land on the way to a game-high 32 points. It was his sixth career 30-point game.
Forward Ed Daniel recorded his fourth straight double-double of the season with 18 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Forward Stacy Wilson scored 23 points and guard Dexter Fields chipped in 10.
Murray State, 5-1, held a 47-37 advantage on the boards with guard Khion Sankey pulling down 12 to lead the Bisons.
Lipscomb cut down drastically on their turnovers, giving up the ball only seven times after coming into the game averaging more than 22 a game, while forcing Murray State into 14 floor errors.
“We were playing a top-30 team and our margin of error couldn’t be very big,” said Sanderson. “Can we grow up and learn from this game and understand that we can play with teams like this?"
Friday night the Bisons, 2-3, are back at home against Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.
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