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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Lipscomb's Bisons won their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference game Tuesday night with a 64-63 victory over UCF at Allen Arena.
"For 37 minutes we were pretty good," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "We were good defensively for the whole game except for that last segment. The bottom line is we won."
Sophomore guard Brian Fisk scored a season-high 25 points, hitting 9-of-17 shots from the field to lead all scorers in the game.
Both teams played nose-to-nose in the first half with six ties and seven lead changes, The Bisons biggest lead in the first half was four points at 47 seconds as Jason Guyette connected on a field goal.
Josh Peppers closed the gap for UCF with 18 seconds left to send the Bisons in with a 24-22 lead at intermission.
The Bisons appeared to have control of the game in the second half. Sparked by the scoring of Fisk the Bisons pulled ahead 47-31 with 8:58 left in the game.
With 3:33 left in the game the Bisons held their biggest lead of the game at 19 as Corey King, who was 7-of-8 from the free throw line, hit a pair of free throws to make it 57-39.
In that final stretch things changed drastically for the Bisons. They made all four of their second half turnovers during the final 2:33 of the game. Included in those turnovers was a technical foul on Shaun Durant and an intentional foul with four seconds left by Joe Peters.
Those mistakes combined with four UCF 3-pointers helped trim the Bisons lead.
"We had a couple of freak things happen," Sanderson said. "Anything bad that could happen to us did. It was almost like we were trying to give it away. You can't do that against a good team like Central Florida. We have to learn how to play the last three or four minutes of a game and do a better job of taking care of the ball."
Fisk hit a pair of free throws with six seconds left to give the Bisons a 64-61 lead. Kinglsey Edwards answered with a pair of free throws with four seconds left to cut the lead to one.
Both teams finished with 40 rebounds. Cameron Robinson led the Bisons with eight. Anthony Williams had a game-high 13 for UCF.
Williams finished with a double-double as he led UCF with 14 points. Edwards added 13 and Joshua Peppers chipped in with 12.
The Bisons are 10-5, 5-5 in the A-Sun. UCF fell to 12-7, 5-6 in the conference. Teams are at the half-way point in conference play.
"The bottom line is we have to win at home and steal at least one on the road," Sanderson said. "Everybody is still alive. If we take care of our business we will be O.K."