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Saturday, February 11, 2006
Feb. 11, 2006
Lipscomb's Bisons broke the 100-point mark for the first time this season with a 101-78 Atlantic Sun Conference win over Jacksonville Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.
The Bisons are tied with Belmont for first place in the conference. Both have 12-4 records. East Tennessee State dropped to second place with a 12-5 worksheet after falling to Gardner-Webb.
"I think we have a couple of levels more that we can get to," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "We are all getting on the same page."
The game had a festive atmosphere as part of homecoming activities on campus. Senior guard James Poindexter really got caught up in the excitement with a career-high 32 points. He eclipsed his old mark of 30 his sophomore season at Pepperdine.
Poindexter also moves into second place in the school record books for most points in a game in the NCAA era. Jeff Dancy scored 38 at Tennessee State Jan. 14, 2002. Junior guard Brian Fisk had been in a tie for the No. 2 spot with 31 points along with Travis Jackson who scored 31 at Northern Arizona Dec. 21, 2000.
Fisk scored his 31 Jan. 7 in a 75-67 road win at Jacksonville.
The last time the Bisons scored 100 points or more was Dec. 18, 2004 when they beat Rust 103-82 at Allen Arena. It was the first time the Bisons had scored 100 or more points in an Atlantic Sun Conference game.
Jacksonville led 9-7 at 17:35 of the first half. It would be their last lead in the game. The Bisons led by 20 on several occasions in the first half, taking a 51-34 lead.
"I didn't like the way we started the game with Jacksonville scoring on it first four possessions," said Sanderson. `I took a couple of guys out and from that point on we aligned our focus defensively and played awfully well for the last 36 minutes."
In the second half the Bisons biggest lead was 36-points at 92-56 with 6:35 remaining. The Bisons shot 57.1 percent from the field.
Three other Bisons scored in double figures. Fisk posted 20 followed by senior center Shaun Durant and junior guard Trey Williams with 10 each. Durant and Williams also tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven each.
"I thought our best offense was our defense," said Sanderson. "We created a lot of shots in transition, especially in the middle part of the first half. We were getting steals. The basket was big for us. James was knocking down shots which gave us more energy defensively. I played 10 guys in the first half."
Williams led the Bisons with seven assists, a new individual season high.
Four Jacksonville players finished the game in double figures. Aubrey Conerly led with 19 points. Mario Brown and Evan Jefferson each scored 13 and Antonio Cool chipped in 11.
Brown grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
The Bisons are 16-8 overall.
Jacksonville fell to 1-23, 1-16 in the conference.
The Bisons go on the road this week for the last time during the regular season to North Carolina to face Campbell Thursday night and Gardner-Webb Saturday night.
"We are taking Sunday off," said Sanderson. "We will have three days of preparation for Campbell. We beat them twice last season on the last possession. They beat us by four here (95-91) a month or so ago.
"They are a different type team for us to match up with. We have to make some adjustments. Championship teams win difficult games in a row. We have two staring us in the face."