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Wednesday, February 16, 2011The Lipscomb Bisons still have lessons to learn with four regular season games left on the schedule.
The next class session of the four will be Thursday night at 7 when USC Upstate visits Allen Arena for an Atlantic Sun game. The Bisons are 15-11, 10-6 in the A-Sun. Upstate is 4-22, 3-13 in the conference.
In their previous meeting this season in Spartanburg the Bisons won 76-55 Jan. 23.
“Upstate is one of the hardest playing teams in the league,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. “For winning no more games than they have won their coach has done an incredible job of getting them to compete and play at a high level.
“They beat ETSU this year and that says enough. They have played a lot of close games. They have a lot of young players. They are going to be good down the road.”
The Bisons are still working on several areas as the A-Sun Tournament gets closer and closer.
“It’s more about showing understanding of what we are doing…all of the things we have been emphasizing since day one,” Sanderson said. “We are trying to close the gaps and improve in those areas.
“There are still some cracks we are trying to fill up. We want their play in practice to show me that they understand. Instead of making four mistakes in a game they are going to make two and instead of making two they are going to make one. When you multiply that by 15 guys your chances of winning are going to go up.”
Another concern for Sanderson is trying to keep his players physically fresh.
“If we have a long practice it is because of them and not because of me,” Sanderson said. “We can go longer if they are not showing me what I need to see.”
Sanderson would like to cut back practice five to 20 minutes a day. Sanderson thinks that will make a difference to the players both physically and mentally as they head into the tournament.
“The players want to bust it even more to try to please us and try to get off of the floor,” Sanderson said. “They have been very attentive. The attention to details has gone to another level which we really want.
“We still have room to improve. Sometimes teams max out and start to regress after awhile. Our players know we can improve.”
The Bisons continue to be led offensively by center Adnan Hodzic with 18.5 points per game and guard Josh Slater with 16 points per game. Guard Jordan Burgason is averaging 10.4 points.
Hodzic is the team rebounding leader with 7.4 per game. Slater is second with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Hodzic is first in the conference overall in scoring, second in rebounding and first in field goal percentage (56.1).
Slater is first in the conference in steals per game with 2.88 and fifth in NCAA Division I. He is fourth in scoring overall.
Torrey Craig, eighth in the conference overall, is averaging 14.7 points per game for Upstate. Ricardo Glenn is the rebound leader with 5.6.
The Bisons close out the home portion of the regular season Saturday at 6:30 against ETSU as part of a doubleheader. It will also be “Senior Night”.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.