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Bison Upset Falls Just Short Against Purdue

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nov. 21, 2007

With 41 seconds left in the game, Keaton Grant hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to stave off a Lipscomb upset as the Purdue Boilermakers sneaked past the Bisons with a 66-62 victory.

Leading in the game for almost 30 minutes, the Bisons were unable to hold onto the lead down the stretch against the Big Ten Boilermakers.

"I can't fault our guys effort," said head coach Scott Sanderson. "They gave an unbelievable effort on the road against a very good basketball team. I am just proud of the way our guys competed for 40 minutes."

With 1:08 to go Eddie Ard knocked down an 18-foot jump shot to give the bisons a 62-61 lead over the Boilermakers. However, on the next possession Purdue guard Keaton Grant sealed the Boilermaker come-from-behind victory with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 41 seconds remaining.

The Bisons had one more attempt to win the game, but Eddie Ard's three-point attempt just missed with 11 seconds to go. Ard did lead all scorers on the night with 19 points. Michael Lusk added 13 points, while LaKory Daniels posted double-figures with 11 points. Brandon Brown had double figures with 11 rebounds.

In the first half, the Bisons shot 16-for-25 from the field for 64% and 8-for-9 from behind the arc for 88%. Despite the great shooting, the Bisons only led 40-35 at halftime because of 13 first half turnovers and 15 offensive rebounds pulled down by Purdue.

"We lost that game in the first half when we gave up 15 offensive rebounds and 13 turnovers, that is 28 extra possessions in the first half," said Sanderson. "We are only up five at halftime. That game was lost in the first half. We should have had a much larger lead during that time."

In the second half, the Bisons continued to hang onto the lead until the seven minute mark, when the Boilermakers took a one point lead on a Keaton Moore two point basket. For the final seven minutes the lead went back and forth with neither team having more than a three point lead. The Boilermakers largest lead of the game ended up being the final score 66-62. The Bisons led by as many as 10 points in the first half.

For the game the Bisons shot 22-for-43 from the field for 51.2%, and 8-for-11 from the three-point line for 72.7%. The Bisons were 10-for-14 from the free throw line for 71.4%. The Bisons committed 23 turnovers in the ballgame compared to only eight turnovers for the Boilermakers. The Bisons were out rebounded 34-31, and 19 of Purdue's rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor.

"I thought our guys battled and played tough," said Sanderson. "We have got to get bigger rebounds. When you give up 19 offensive rebounds, you are going to get beat."

"We shoot 51% from the floor, and we hold them to 32% from the floor, you are supposed to win that game, but turning the ball over and rebounds will get you," said Sanderson. "We had a hard time running our offense because they are a very tough, physical basketball team and they came out victorious."

Purdue was led in the game by Scott Martin who had 16 points. Robbie Hummel was the only other Boilermaker in double figures with 13 points.

After taking a couple of days off for Thanksgiving, the Bisons will return home for the first home game of the 2007-2008 season in the friendly confines of Allen Arena. The Bisons take on Samford University on Monday, November 26 with game time set for 7:00 p.m.

"These guys deserve people coming out and watching them play," said Sanderson. "The kind of effort and the kind of energy they play with everyday in practice and in the games, they deserve a big turnout. I would hope that we have a big turnout for our game Monday night at home."

Monday night's game against Samford will be "Toys for Tots" night in Allen Arena, so make sure to bring an unwrapped toy with you when you come to the game. All of the action can be heard live on the Lipscomb Radio Network with coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. on 900 AM.