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Men's basketball opens A-Sun play at Mercer Thursday

Wednesday, December 02, 2009
by Trevor Garrett

Bisons on the Air

Online Radio: Lipscomb Sports Network, www.LipscombSports.com (Jonathan Seamon, play-by-play; Benjamin Seamon, color analyst)

Online Vidoe: ASun.TV (Mercer audio feed)

The Game

The Lipscomb University Bisons (1-4, 0-0 A-Sun) open Atlantic Sun Conference action Thursday evening against Mercer (3-3, 0-0 A-Sun). Game time is 6:30 p.m. CST at the University Center in Macon, Ga.

Lipscomb picked up its first win of the season with a 67-64 win at SIU Edwardsville Saturday afternoon. Adnan Hodzic posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Slater had 16 points, all in the second half.

Mercer is coming off a 85-74 loss to Georgia Tech on Friday. James Florence had a career high 40 points on 14-of-20 shooting while connecting on 9-of-11 free throws.

Last year the Bisons won both meetings between the teams.  Lipscomb won 84-68 in Allen Arena on Jan. 24 behind 21 points from Josh Slater. The Bisons completed a season sweep with a 88-67 victory in Macon. Hodzic had a team high 20 points while Slater had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Quick Hits

  • Lipscomb holds a 9-4 series advantage against Mercer. Lipscomb is 3-2 in the University Center.
  • Slater is averaging 15.3 points and 7 rebounds in three career games against Mercer
  • Adnan Hodzic is ranked 2nd in the A-Sun in scoring (21.8) and 4th in rebounding (8.0) while shooting 61.5 percent for the 3rd best mark in the league
  • Hodzic is ranked 21st in the nation in scoring (21.8)
  • Slater is ranked 5th in the A-Sun in scoring (16.0), 2nd in assists (4.40) and steals (2.0), and 7th in rebounding (6.8)
  • After shooting 74.4 percent from the free throw line last year, Hodzic is off to a slow start hitting 13 of his 26 attempts this year (50 percent).
  • Michael Teller, Adnan Hodzic, and Brandon Brown are combining to shoot 56.4 percent from the field. The rest of the team is shooting 31.8 percent from the floor.
  • Lipscomb’s opponents are shooting 52.5 percent from the floor and 44.9 percent from the 3-point line. Lipscomb is 10th in the league for field goal defense.
  • After losing its conference openers its first three years in the A-Sun, Lipscomb has won its last three conference openers
  • Hodzic has scored in double figures in 32 consecutive games, a Lipscomb NCAA-era record.
  • Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson needs two wins to reach the 250 win plateau

Last Time Out

The Lipscomb University Bisons (1-4) came from being down ten points a minute into the second half and held on to a three point lead with a minute left to defeat SIU Edwardsville (0-5) 67-64 Saturday in Edwardsville, Ill.

Lipscomb fell behind by as many as 12 points as the Bisons struggled to control the ball over and were unable to stop a strong shooting performance by SIUE.

Lipscomb turned the ball over 10 times and allowed SIUE to shoot 53.3 percent in the first half.

Down 31-19 with 5:17 left in the first, Lipscomb hit four of its next five attempts including threes by Michael Teller and Johnny Lee to make it a 33-31 game. SIUE made two field goals before halftime to take a 37-31 lead into the locker room.

Josh Slater, who did not score in the second period, gave the Bisons the jumpstart they needed. He scored the first eight points of the half for Lipscomb to bring Lipscomb within six, 45-39, with 16:52 left.

With the Bisons back in the game, Adnan Hodzic turned on his guns in the low post. He propelled Lipscomb on an 8-0 run scoring seven of those to put Lipscomb up 48-45 with 12:35 remaining.

Hodzic finished with a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He was 10-of-17 from the floor and three-of-four from the free throw line.

Lipscomb had its best defensive stretch this year through the middle part of the second half.

SIUE did not hit a field goal for a stretch of 8:40 until Yelovich hit a three pointer with 9:54 left to tie the game.

Lipscomb - SIU Edwardsvile Postgame Notes

  • With the win Lipscomb avoided losing its first five games to start a season since the Bisons lost its first 12 to start the 1963-64 season.
  • Lipscomb has trailed at halftime in each game this year
  • Lipscomb has outrebounded its opponent in each game this year and is outrebounding opponenets by seven boards per game.
  • Johnny Lee returned to the starting lineup replacing Zach Brown. This was Lipscomb’s fourth starting lineup in five games