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Monday, November 06, 2006
Nov. 6, 2006
The Lipscomb Bisons opened the 2005-2006 basketball season with an 89-72 exhibition game win over Freed-Hardeman University Monday night at Allen Arena.
Prior to the start of the game two new banners were unvieled in the rafters of Allen Arena celebration last season's Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship and the first trip to the National Invitation Tournament. Players and coaches also received rings commemorating the A-Sun title.
"We played 11 guys 12 minutes or more and nobody got hurt," Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. "W\e have a lot of work to do. We knew that going into the game.
"I was pleased with some of the things we did. We have a long way to go defensively, but we will get there."
The Bisons led 51-40 at the half. Offensively, the Bisons hit 39.5 percent from the field while holding Freed-Hardeman to 36.7 percent from the field.
"I didn't think we were very good offensively at all in the first half," Sanderson said. "We are going to be able to score a lot of points in a hurry. We didn't shoot the ball great."
The Bisons biggest first half lead was 13 points. They led by as many as 22 points in the second half.
Sanderson views the game as major learning tool over the next couple of days.
"We can watch film, especially the new guys, and see the mistakes they made defensively," Sanderson said. "We will learn a lot the next couple of days before we play Harding."
"We are a good shooting team," Sanderson said. "The question is can we rebound the basketball. This year there are going to be more possessions. To play as fast as we did with only 11 turnovers we did a decent job of taking care of the ball."
"We will have a lot of guys in double figures," Sanderson said. "Everytine Teller shoots the ball I think it is going in. He has a great release."
"I thought we were O.K.," Sanderson said. "Our three big guys got 15 rebounds between them. We will take that all season long."
The Bisons will play Harding University at 8:15 Thursday night in an exhibition game at Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons will play Harding at 6.
"I've never played against a Harding team," Sanderson said. "They will come in here like Freed and play as hard as they possibly can. But I am more concerned about our team and trying to figure out what we can or can't do."