The Bisons (4-1) fell down 25-10 in the early going in tonight’s tilt with Philander Smith College (3-9) but roared back to take a four-point halftime lead and eventually a 93-76 victory. Senior Brandon Sims had a career night as the Bisons’ leading scorer and rebounder, putting up 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Lonnie Smith was on-and-off, but added 20 points of his own. Alassane Savadogo and Patrick Andrepont also reached double figures. Sims’ performance produced the highest game score that a Bison has had this season (28.9). Lonnie Smith’s was also over 10, and Savadogo, Andrepont, and Reggie Bibb were all over 8 with solid nights.
Ronnie Graham (affectionately known to the Bison fans as Peter Pan) had the best night for PSC with 10 points and 11 rebounds, contributing to a game score of 10.3. Graham was the only PSC player with a GS over 10, but Dalun Smith had 20 points to lead the team in scoring.
The Bisons were erratic from outside, hoisting up 30 threes but only making 10; however, solid inside play and excellent rebounding made up for that bit of trouble and allowed the Bisons to pull out the win.
The four keys:
Here you can see the Bisons’ large edge in true shooting percentage and offensive rebounding, which was key to the big victory. Turnovers were not exactly a strong point, but the Bisons’ advantage in the other categories was too much for PSC to overcome.
Below are the full “special” player stats. For an explanation of these numbers, visit the stats page, which is linked in the left sidebar.
The Bisons play tomorrow night at home against North Alabama, which is a rematch of an earlier HU road victory. #3 Reprobatus Bibbs and #11 A.J. Gordon were UNA’s stars for that game, if any of you Rowdies would like to make some advance heckling preparation. They also give significant minutes to players named Lucky (#13, ironically) and Prince (#1), for your cheering pleasure.