Nov. 25, 2006
Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson won the 200th game in his career, but it may have been one of his most nerve-wracking.
The Bisons got a stiff challenge from the NCAA Division III foe Fisk Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. Fisk took the lead at 4-3 less than two minutes into the game and did not give it up until the 9:59 mark of the second half when Brian Fisk scored on a lay-up for a 55-54 Bisons lead, capping a 13-2 run.
Fisk never regained the lead, but tied the game twice in the final 8 ½ minutes. In the final 3:39 of the game, holding onto a 66-62 lead, the Bisons went on a 14-6 run to seal the 80-68 victory.
`We showed what a good team does and that is how to come back and win," Sanderson said. "That is something I like.
"The first four minutes of the game Fisk was getting wide open shots and making them. Then, all of sudden, they didn't get open shots but they still made them. We have given them so many open looks that the basket looked bigger for them."
Sanderson took part of the credit for the way the Bisons struggled.
"We got back late Sunday night from South Carolina where we played well, but didn't get the win," Sanderson said. "I was kind of aggravated about that. I'm the kind of coach that does not get complacent. I'm tired of playing those teams close.
"We practiced Monday hard. We practiced Tuesday hard. We practiced Wednesday hard. We gave them Thanksgiving off and then came back Friday and practiced two more hours."
Sanderson said two of his senior players came to him at halftime and told him their legs were dead.
"We played defense like our legs were dead," Sanderson said. "That was probably my fault. With three games in the next five days next week we have to be very smart about how we practice."
The Bisons placed three players in double figures. Guard Brian Fisk scored a season-high and game-high 22 points. Point guard Trey Williams, who did not score a point in the first half finished with 17 points. Forward Eddie Ard chipped in with 15.
Center Thomas Pfaff led the Bisons on the boards with nine rebounds.
"We still haven't clicked with everybody playing the way they are capable of playing," Sanderson said. "Trey has been our most consistent player. I thought Brian was very, very tough. I thought Thomas played a lot better. I thought Mike Lusk gave a good effort defensively off of the bench."
Fisk also had three players score in double figures. Michael Glaze led with 18. Marquies Patton scored 12 and Jonathan Pillow tossed in 11 to go with his game-leading 11 rebounds.
The Bisons raised their record to 3-2. Fisk fell to 0-3.
The Bisons are back on the court at Allen Arena Monday night 8:15. The game is part of a double-header with the Lady Bisons facing Tennessee State at 6.
"Winston-Salem is a very athletic team," Sanderson said. "They are playing all road games. They will be very quick. We will have to have our legs and be ready to play."