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Saturday, January 29, 2011The Lipscomb Bisons have lost one conference game at home this season and that is one loss too many in their opinion.
Sunday afternoon at 2 at Allen Arena the Bisons will be out to extend their three-game win streak when they face Florida Gulf Coast in an Atlantic Sun game.
The Bisons are 13-8 overall, 8-4 in the A-Sun. Florida Gulf Coast is 5-14, 2-8 in the conference.
The Bisons have won four of their last five games. They are 8-1 at Allen Arena.
The Bisons beat Florida Gulf Coast 75-61 Jan. 5. The Bisons hold a 5-1 edge in the series.
“As up and down as our team has been we are not taking anything for granted,” said Lipscomb assistant coach Jay Walton. “We feel like we have really improved and we have to keep getting better in both practices and games.
“We just want our guys to focus on the next right thing. Hopefully, we will be able to do that Sunday afternoon.”
Center Adnan Hodzic leads the Bisons in both scoring (19.3) and rebounding (8.0). Guard Josh Slater is averaging 16.3 points. His 2.6 steals per game ranks 13th nationally. Guard Jordan Burgason is averaging 10.1 points.
Florida Gulf Coast counters with Anthony Banks with 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game followed by Reed Baker with 14.4 points and Christophe Varidel with 10.5.
“Anthony Banks is one of the best front-line players in our league,” Walton said. “He gets almost four offensive rebounds per game.
“They have some athletes. They are talented. We have to make sure we do the things early in the game to keep them from getting confidence.”
Two keys for the Bisons will be rebounding and cutting down on turnovers.
“Rebounding is 100 percent energy and effort,” Walton said. “You have to want to do it.
“It is a mentality. We have two or three guys on our team that have that mentality. The ones that don’t wake up in the morning thinking about going to get every rebound have to at least make sure their man doesn’t get the rebound.”
The Bisons are back on the road Thursday when they travel to North Florida.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.