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Fort Valley State (0-1)
11/11/2011 | Nashville, TN (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1769
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Lipscomb Bisons opened the season in a blazing fashion, but have to return to earth quickly.
The Bisons rolled by Fort Valley State, an NCAA Division II program, 96-53 Friday night at Allen Arena. It was the regular season opener for both teams.
The Bisons are 10-1 in home openers at Allen Arena. They are also 12-0 at Allen Arena in regular season games against teams that are not in Division I.
Center Justin Glenn with 16 points, tied for the game high with Fort Valley State’s Corey Hunter. Also in double figures for the Bisons were guard Zavion Williams with 14, guard Deonte Alexander with 12, guard Robert Boyd with 11 and guard Carter Sanderson with 10.
Both teams played a fast-paced running style. With the Bisons leading by 40 points or more most of the second half, a big concern for Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson was keeping his team under control.
“They were trapping all over the place,” Sanderson said. “They were making us play fast and they were making us play a lot of possessions. We did some nice things, but we still have a long way to go.
“I didn’t like our start in the second half. I thought we were a little bit undisciplined. Our younger players need time on the floor to make mistakes and learn how to play on both ends of the floor.”
Glenn and forward Malcolm Smith tied for the game high in rebounds with seven each.
“Justin is providing some leadership,” Sanderson said. “He has some poise about him. He is not a vocal leader, but several times he held the ball and told everyone to slow down.”
The Bisons have to switch gears quickly. Saturday they will practice in preparation for Sunday night’s visit from Gardner-Webb, a former Atlantic Sun Conference member. Game time is 7:15.
Glenn knows that rebounding will be a challenge against a Gardner-Webb team that has a lot of height under the basket.
“Coach always says that the team we are getting ready to play is the most important,” Glenn said. “But overall I thought this game was a good opportunity to work on our run and gun style.
“Gardner-Webb has some big guys and they have Division I players. Rebounding is an area of weakness for us because we don’t have a lot of height on our team. We have to be ready to in there and be physical against Gardner-Webb.”
Sanderson is concerned about the overall health of his team heading into Saturday’s workout.
“We are nicked up and banged up,” Sanderson said. “I’m concerned about our numbers. We have to get some rest but we also have to get an understanding of what we have to do in our next game.
“We have to be smart about what we do and how we practice. We are going to be playing a different team.”