Racers prove worthy of national ranking
Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 7:02 pm
MURRAY (AP) — Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson had a big point to make after his team lost to No. 24 Murray State on Thursday night: “They’re as good as advertised.”
Ed Daniel and Ivan Aska both scored 16 points to help Murray State to the 89-65 victory — the team’s first game as a ranked team in 13 years.
“They’re very good,” Sanderson said. “When you turn the ball over as much as we did, it’s not going to be much of a game and we had a lot of perimeter turnovers and you can’t do that against anybody let alone Murray State who are extremely athletic and quick and can get the ball up and down the floor.”
The Racers, who forced Lipscomb into 23 turnovers, had 15 steals and 25 assists.
Malcom Smith led the Bisons (6-6) with 13 points, while Robert Boyd added nine.
“Our coach told us this was probably going to be the best defensive-pressing team we’re going to see all year,” Smith said. “They beat Memphis the other day and that’s a good high-pressure team too, so we knew they were going to come in and do that. We just have to handle the ball better than that — we’re a better team than that.”
Lipscomb, which is 0-4 on the road, faces an intensifying schedule as the Bisons head to Memphis on Monday to take on the team Murray State beat last Saturday to earn its national ranking.
“Any mistake you make offensively and defensively they are going to turn into baskets at the other end of the floor, they are extremely quick,” Sanderson said. “They cause you to turn the ball over and make you pay when you do.”
Daniel said the Racers aren’t “too much hyped about being ranked.”
“We like being ranked but we’re not trying to focus on that the whole time,” he said. “We’re still going to be the same team that plays hard and goes hard and play everybody like they’re ranked No. 1.”
Published in The Messenger 12.16.11