COOKEVILLE – Senior forward Adnan Hodzic scored 23 points, all in the second half, to become Lipscomb’s NCAA-era leading scorer as the Bisons put on an offensive clinic Saturday evening in a 98-94 win against Tennessee Tech in the Eblen Center.
Hodzic has 1,635 points after passing Brian Fisk (1,633) and Eddie Ard (1,624) tonight. He was 0-of-3 for in the first half before hitting all nine of his second half attempts.
Senior guard Josh Slater, junior wing Jordan Burgason, and Hodzic combined to score 72 points.
The Bisons were nearly perfect on the offensive end with the exception of turnovers. Lipscomb shot 67.3 percent (35-of-52) from the field for the game and 79.2 percent in the second half (19-of-24).
The Bisons committed 24 turnovers, their most since committing 27 in an overtime game at ETSU on Jan. 17, 2009.
“Right now we are playing with fire,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. “We had to shoot that high percentage to win. If we don’t cut down on our turnovers we are going to get burned soon.”
Burgason came off the bench on fire from downtown hitting six-of-nine first half attempts and scoring 21 first half points as the Bisons took a 43-37 lead into the locker room. Burgason finished with 28 point, three shy of his career high, connecting on seven threes.
Slater shot 7-of-9 from the field and hit all five of his free throw attempts on his way to 21 points. He had four rebounds, four assists, and three rebounds.
Tennessee Tech took an early seven-point lead before the Bisons battled back to take as much as an eight-point first half lead. Hodzic was dominant to start the second half scoring eight of Lipscomb’s first ten points.
“We did a better job of getting him the ball in the second half and he stepped up and made some big baskets for us,” Sanderson said.
Junior Justin Glenn had his most solid game as a Bison scoring 11 points on perfect five-of-five shooting while bringing down six boards.
“Justin had a breakout game for us,” Sanderson said. “He made some good jump shots and had vital rebounds. He was big for us.”
Lipscomb expanded its lead to 15 points, 67-52, at the 13:13 mark. Tennessee Tech called a timeout and then scored eight unanswered points.
The Bisons went back up by 14 with 9:12 left after Hodzic converted two layups. Once again Tennessee Tech made things interesting going on a 9-0 run to cut the Bisons lead to five, 76-71.
Hodzic hit two free throws to ice the run. Lipscomb maintained at least a seven-point advantage until the final minute. Tech outscored Lipscomb 10-2 in the final 42.5 seconds of the contest.
Tech had five players score in double figures led by Zach Bailey and Jud Dillard with 15 points each.
The squads pulled down 28 rebounds each. Tennessee Tech had 17 offensive rebounds which they converted into 22 second chance points.
The Bisons host Kennesaw State Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Jonathan Seamon and Benjamin Seamon will be on the call for the Lipscomb Sports Network and ASun.TV.