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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Jan. 24, 2006
BOCA RATON, Fla. _ Quality shot selection and a solid defensive effort combined to give the Lipscomb Bisons a 66-50 win over Florida Atlantic in Atlantic Sun action Tuesday night.
Junior guard Brian Fisk and senior guard James Poindexter combined for 42 points as the Bisons shot 52.3 percent from the field. Fisk hit 7-of-11 field goal attempts, including 2-of-3 3-pointers. Poindexter was 7-of-14 from the field, hitting 4-of-8 3-point tries. Both were also perfect at the free throw line with Fisk hitting 6-of-6 and Poindexter hitting 2-of-2.
It was the sixth straight win for the Bisons who move into a tie for second place in the A-Sun with FAU. The two teams tangle again Sunday at 1 p.m. at Allen Arena.
"We're excited, because I mean nobody in our league has won over here yet, and this was a big win for us," said Lipscomb Coach Scott Sanderson "We have exactly tomorrow, exactly one month left to figure out who's going to win the league.
"That's all fine and good and that's one of our goals, to win the league. But we'll find out in a month what's going to happen. Then you've got postseason play at the end which is the most important. Hopefully we will get better for deep into February."
The Bisons are 12-6 overall, 8-2 in the conference. FAU is 9-8 overall, 8-2 in the conference.
It took the Bisons less than four minutes to take a lead they would never relinquish as Fisk hit a 3-pointer at 16:21 for a 6-4 lead.
In the first half the Bisons went on a 14-3 run, starting with a 3-pointer by Poindexter at 14:25. The Bisons continued to build on their lead. The biggest first half advantage was 17 points (32-15) with 1:36 left to play. The Bisons would go into their dressing room at intermission with a 34-21 lead.
The second half was more of the same. The Bisons held a double-figure lead for almost the entire second half. The only time their lead dipped below 10 points was at 3:47 when FAU's Paul Graham connected from the field and drew a foul. He hit his only shot to trim the Bisons lead to nine at 53-44.
It was short-lived as freshman guard Michael Lusk hit a free throw for the Bisons at 3:42 for a 54-44 lead.
In the final two minutes the Bisons hit 10-of-11 free throws to once again increase their lead to as many as 16 points twice, including the final score.
Fisk has led the Bisons in scoring in six of his last 11 games. He has scored in double figures in his last 10 games.
Poindexter, despite a groin injury in the first half, posted his second straight game with 20 or more points. He has scored in double figures in seven games this season.
"We ran a couple of plays for him and got him a couple of threes," said Sanderson. "He made three threes in the first half which really, really helped us a lot."
Fisk also tied with senior center Shaun Durant for the team lead in rebounds with eight. The eight rebounds were also a new season-high for Fisk.
It was important to have Fisk and Poindexter clicking offensively since sophomore forward Eddie Ard, the reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, was held to only five points
"They took Eddie away because they went after him a little bit, and he just didn't play very good," said Sanderson. "If one of your best players doesn't play very well...you have to have other guys step up,
"I thought Cameron Robinson was big, I thought James came off the bench big for us, Brian was good, Shaun had some timely baskets getting eight points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes. Again, it was just a great team victory for our guys."
Florida Atlantic placed two players in double figures. DeAndre Price led with 17 and Rodney Webb added 13. Webb led FAU in rebounding with eight.
The Bisons defense held FAU to 32.7 percent shooting from the field. Sanderson, usually a defensive-minded coach, seemed more excited about the Bisons shooting percentage from the field.
"We milked the clock a few times and got some buckets late in the clock," said Sanderson. "We hit some timely shots. As soon as they cut it to eight or 10, it seemed like we always answered with a big shot, and then we made a lot of free throws down the end."
FAU held a slight advantage on the boards with 31 compared to 28 by the Bisons.
The game ended the first round of play in the Atlantic Sun Conference. There are 10 more conference games remaining before the conference tournament.
Sanderson wants to see another big crowd at Allen Arena for the FAU game.
"I would hope we'd have a humongous crowd," said Sanderson. "Every church, whoever knows anybody, because these players deserve people coming out there Sunday afternoon at 1 to watch them play."
Sports information student assistant Justin Seamon contributed to this story.