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11/1/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1823
Thursday, November 01, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Numbers can be deceiving. Most Lipscomb fans liked seeing the team put up 99 points and were shouting for at least 100. Coaches, however, often see a different game.
Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson had a postgame headache. And neither the 84 points scored by NAIA foe Freed-Hardeman in Thursday night’s exhibition at Allen Arena or their 18 offensive rebounds grabbed by the visiting Lions did anything to help ease his pain.
“Freed-Hardeman made some tough threes,” Sanderson said. “We couldn’t stop them when we wanted to.
“We have to get better defensively. We have to get better rebounding the ball. Giving up 18 offensive rebounds we aren’t going to beat anybody in our league. Those are two things we have to clean up in the next week.”
The Bisons were outrebounded 43-39. Center Stephen Hurt hauled in a game-high 12 boards for Bisons and guard Deonte Alexander added eight, but Sanderson expects a more balanced rebounding effort.
“We have to have some other guys rebounding. We have to have help from Malcolm Smith, Talbott Denny and Khion Sankey. We are going to have to rebound by committee. You can’t depend on Hurt to get 12 every game.”
Offensively, Hurt also scored a team-high 21 points in his collegiate debut. He was 7-of-11 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
“Stephen is a presence down there,” Sanderson said. “He can score the ball down in the low hole. He is a good passer. He can shoot the ball. He has a chance to help us.
The Bisons have a number of new faces, but the brightest one for the coaching staff was freshman guard J.C. Hampton who scored 11 points (three 3-pointers) and did not make a turnover in 29 minutes.
“I liked how J.C. played,” Sanderson said. “He made some shots. I felt pretty comfortable when he had the ball in his hands. I felt comfortable when he was shooting the ball. It is just a feeling you get on the sidelines.”
Also in double figures for the Bisons were Alexander with 17, forward Malcolm Smith with and forward Martin Smith with 11 apiece and guard Sankey with 10.
“We had six guys in double figures,” Sanderson said. “I think we will have that happen a lot. We will have different guys have big nights for us.”
FHU forward Kyle Teichmann paced all scorers with 23 points. Orlando Bass tossed in 13 and Mack Chandler 10. Teichmann just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Freed-Hardeman made a late charge, cutting Lipscomb’s lead to 85-78 with 2:34 left in the game. The Bisons took control once again, scoring five unanswered points.
“You can’t simulate in practice when a team comes back like that and cuts your lead late in a game,” Sanderson said. “You have to come back and make free throws and make plays when the game is in the balance.”
The Bisons open the regular season at home Friday night, Nov. 9, at 6:30 against Belmont in the first edition of the season of the “Battle of the Boulevard”.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Sanderson said. “I thought we did some good things. In the second half we were 80 percent from the free throw line and we only turned the ball over three times after turning it over nine times in the first half. Those were positives.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.