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ETSU (10-8, 5-3 A-Sun)
1/21/2012 | MSHA Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN) | Attendance: 4348
Friday, January 20, 2012
When Allen Arena is quiet and the 11 p.m. hour approaches a lone figure can often be seen on the Don Meyer court taking shot after shot from beyond the 3-point arc.
“I try to get in about 300 to 500 shots a day,” Lipscomb guard Jordan Burgason said. “Sometimes I might get up to 1,000.”
Burgason can be seen at almost any time of the evening honing his shooting skills, but he prefers late night shoot-arounds.
“I like being in the arena at 11 at night because no one is here,” Burgason said. “It is quiet. It is just me and the rim. I get a lot of work done. It’s a good time to think about your shot and work on the things you need to correct.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my shot. That comes from working a lot in my off hours. You have to have that confidence that when you shoot it that it is going to go in.”
Heading into Saturday’s 3 p.m. Atlantic Sun road game at ETSU in Johnson City Burgason is connecting on 51.5 percent of his shots from 3-point range, hitting 51 of 99 attempts this season. He is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points per game and is third in the A-Sun with 16.3 points in conference games. Burgason is coming off a 24-point performance in Monday’s 104-103 overtime win over Stetson.
The general consensus among longtime Bison basketball fans is that Burgason is in the top five in terms of being a “pure” 3-point shooter.
Burgason started heaving shots from the 3-point arc when he was only 10 years old.
“I’ve always enjoyed shooting long shots in the gym,” Burgason said. “I have worked on long shots the most.
“I don’t like to dribble much. I’m not the best dribbler in the world. My coaches have definitely always thought I had talent for shooting from behind the arc. They have always put me out on the wing and told me to shoot whenever I could.”
In his past seven games Burgason is averaging 20 points and is shooting 56.7 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 29 of 51 in that stretch.
Burgason’s shooting ability has long been noted by opponents, but he admits that trying to find an open shot has become tougher for him during his senior year.
“I’ve never had to work this hard to get my shots off,” Burgason said. “But the guys have been doing a good job of setting screens and getting me open.
“It has been though. I enjoy being guarded tight. It has its advantages and disadvantages.”
Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson gives Burgason the green light to shoot.
“Jordan’s biggest thing is that he thinks every shot he takes is going in,” Sanderson said. “You can’t coach that. When a guy shoots like that you don’t mess with it.
“He very rarely shoots a bad shot. He might shoot one or two a game. He is one of the best shooters I have ever been around. It’s amazing that if you work on a skill you become good at it. It might sound corny but practice makes perfect.”