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11/13/2011 | Nashville, TN (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1453
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Lipscomb Bisons held a reunion with former Atlantic Sun foe Gardner-Webb and it wasn’t a good one.
Sunday night at Allen Arena the Bisons suffered their first loss of the young season, falling 74-71. Both Lipscomb and Gardner-Webb are 1-1.
“It’s a process,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. “We knew that going in. We were playing with three or four freshmen at a time.
“We have to be able to execute down the stretch of a game and get the shots we want to get. I thought we were good enough defensively, especially on the first shot. We have to keep listening, keep learning and keep getting better.”
The Bisons led by as many as nine points in the first half, 19-10 on a jump shot by forward Martin Smith, with 9:47 left to play.
At halftime the Bisons held a 34-33 lead.
Rebounding and taking care of the ball were two key areas where the Bisons fell short. Gardner-Webb held a 41-28 advantage on the boards, getting 28 of their points off of second chance shots. Gardner-Webb forward Stefon Johnson and guard Laron Buggs pulled down six rebounds. Center Justin Glenn led the Bisons with six boards.
The Bisons turned the ball over 25 times while forcing Gardner-Webb into 23 miscues. Gardner-Webb scored 23 points off of the Bisons’ turnovers. The Bisons made 22 points off of Gardner-Webb’s turnovers.
“It’s hard to overcome 25 turnovers,” Sanderson said. “They scored 51 points of their 74 off of offensive rebounds and turnovers. That is a large number to overcome.”
In the final 10:18 of the second half the Bisons also missed seven free throws in a row, hitting only a total of three-out-of 10 during that time.
“Free throws there would have kept it a three or five-point game instead of a one-point game. Those were big free throws.”
Freshman guard Zavion Williams scored a game-high and season-high 22 points, his second game in double figures this season. He missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left that would have tied the game.
“Zavion did well,” Sanderson said. “But he has to create for other people as well as create shots for himself. He has to be able to do both.”
Also in double figures for the Bisons were guard Jacob Arnett with 13 points followed by forward Martin Smith with 11 and forward Malcolm Smith with 10.
“We have to have some other guys step up and be productive,” Sanderson said. “We had a lot of guys who played a lot of minutes and didn’t produce very much.”
Gardner-Webb placed three players in double figures - guard Jason Dawson with 18 and Johnson and guard Max Landis with 11 each.
“We have to be able to make our free throws,” Sanderson said. “We have to be able to rebound the basketball better. We have to take care of the basketball.”