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Hodzic scores 1,000th point against No. 25 Cincinnati

Saturday, December 19, 2009
by Trevor Garrett

CINCINNATI – Junior center Adnan Hodzic scored his 1,000th career point Saturday against No. 25 Cincinnati but the Bearcats proved too versatile dropping the Bisons 80-52

Lipscomb’s defense silenced the Cincinnati offense to start the contest holding the Bearcats without a field goal for nearly six and a half minutes. Lipscomb wasn’t able to build a large advantage, but held an 8-2 lead off two 3-pointers by Brian Wright when Dion Dixon made Cincinnati’s first basket.

The Bisons maintained control as Hodzic connected on two layups and Jordan Burgason hit a trey to take a 17-12 lead at the 10:15 mark.

Cincinnati’s Lance Stephens caught fire scoring 11 points during a 21-4 run that gave the No. 25-ranked Bearcats control of the game.

Lipscomb missed 15 of their final 18 field goal attempts in the first period to go into the locker room down 35-24.

The Bisons didn’t start the second period on a better foot missing their first six shots to fall behind by 18 points with 16:22 left.

Hodzic was the sole offensive threat for the Bisons for the better part of the second half. He scored eight of Lipscomb’s ten points to start the period culminating with his 1,000th point with 13:08 left.

Hodzic was the only Bison to score in double figures finishing with 18 points. It was his 37th consecutive game to score in double figures, the longest active streak in the nation.

Hodzic is the 40th Lipscomb player to score 1,000 points and fourth since the Bisons joined the NCAA. Hodzic reached the total in 71 games for a career average of 14.1 points per game.

Cincinnati’s Rashad Bishop and Deonta Vaughn hit threes on consecutive possessions to give the Bearcats a 23-point lead, 59-36, with 11:16 left.

Lipscomb was unable to close the deficit. The Bisons entered the game averaging 85.2 points per game – the seventh best mark in the nation. Lipscomb’s 52 points was their lowest since posting only 50 points at Samford on Nov. 24, 2008.

Cincinnati shot 62.1 percent in the second half outscoring Lipscomb 45-28. They finished 31-of-57 for 54.4 percent for the game and 10-of-26 from the 3-point line for 38.5 percent.

Lipscomb shot 20-of-69 from the field for 29.0 percent and was 6-of-26 from downtown for 23.1 percent.

Cincinnati held a 40-36 advantage on the boards. Michael Teller and Hodzic led Lipscomb with six rebounds each. Ibrahima Thomas paced Cincinnati with six boards.

Lance Stephenson led five Bearcats in double figures with 19 points. Cincinnati had 34 bench points led by Dixon with 15.

The Bisons will spend Sunday on the road as they travel to Tucson for their game against Arizona Monday evening at 8 p.m. CST.