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Bisons hold off late rally by Arkansas Tech for 66-58 win

Monday, December 03, 2007

Dec. 3, 2007

Final Stats

When your team plays a bad game and you still win then as a coach you count your blessings and work your players to death the next day in practice.

After watching his team hang on to beat Arkansas Tech, an NCAA Division II program, 66-58 Monday night in Allen Arena Sanderson was thankful for the win. But with a visit to Vanderbilt looming ahead at 8 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Gym, Sanderson plans to give his players a wake up call in Tuesday's practice.

"If you can play bad and win it is a good thing, but we have to get some momentum and get our heads up," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "We played half of a good game against McNeese State. We played a decent game against Samford.

"I told them to bring their helmets and chin straps to practice. We are going to take Wednesday off and prepare for Vanderbilt on Thursday and Friday."

It was the third straight win for the Bisons on their home court. They won't be back home against until Jan. 12 when they Belmont in the "Battle of the Boulevard".

"We played this game like we have practiced the last few days," Sanderson said. "We have played hard. The effort and energy are there. We just have not been very efficient in transition and executing offensively.

"Arkansas Tech has five Division I transfers. They play teams like Wichita State and Louisiana Tech. They have some players who have played in a lot of Division I arenas. They are not a typical Division II team."

The Bisons jumped out to a 10-0 lead against Arkansas Tech. But Arkansas Tech rallied and the game was tied at 26-26 at the half.

In the second half the Bisons held a double-figure edge for several minutes, but watched a 13-point lead, 54-41 with 7:16 left.

With 1:11 Arkansas State trimmed the lead to five at 60-55.

The Bisons blocked 10 shots, a new team record for a single game in the NCAA era. The previous high was eight against Stetson on Feb. 17, 2003.

Once again freshman forward Brandon Brown was the leader for the Bisons with a game-high 19 points and also added 10 rebounds. It was his second double-double of the season and the fifth out of the last six games that he has finished in double figures in rebounds.

"Brandon played good," Sanderson said. "He has to keep it up and keep getting better."

Lipscomb center Jason Hopkins had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Forward Eddie Ard added 13 points for the Bisons.

The Bisons shot 37.5 percent from the field, hitting 21-of-56 shots. They were three-of-19 from 3-point range. The Bisons hit 21-of-27 free throws.

"When you shoot 37 percent and turn the ball over 21 times you are going to struggle against most teams," Sanderson said. "There was a lid on the basket. What if there is a lid on the basket another night? Are we going to guard and rebound the way we are supposed to do it?

"Defensively, I thought we did some good things. But offensively when you are not making shots it takes the energy out of you. That is what happened to us in this game."

Arkansas Tech placed three players in double figures. Guard Terrance Whiters led the team with 16 points followed by forward Troy Marcus with 14 and Jamar Flowers added 13.

Arkansas Tech shot 33.8 percent from the field, hitting 22-of-65. They also struggled from 3-point range connecting on three-of-14.

The Bisons held a 46-36 edge in rebounding.

"Defending and rebounding go hand-in-hand," Sanderson said. "You can't have one without the other. The better you defense, the more rebounds you are going to have."

The Bisons are 4-5. Arkansas Tech is 3-5.