|Philander Smith||11-3||.786||25-8||.758||Lost 1|
|Edward Waters||9-5||.643||15-14||.517||Lost 1|
NASHVILLE- The Fisk University Bulldog Men's basketball team withstood a late run to defeat the Blue Mountain (MS.) College Toppers (3-6) 87-81 in a non-conference game at the Henderson A. Johnson Arena last night. The win gave the Bulldogs their first season sweep of an opponent this season. Cameron Lewis scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs (5-5) on an off shooting night by NAIA All American Darrell Miller (4-12 from the field). The junior from John Overton High School scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half. Richmond Jackson added 16 points; Miller had 14 and 10 rebounds. Freshman Walter Arnold rounded out the players in double figures with 11.
"We didn't play our best especially down the stretch," said Fisk Head coach Jay Smith. "With finals this week it seemed like a lot of our guys heads were somewhere else. Cam stopped a couple of their runs with baskets. Nate (Mungo) gave us a lift with a couple of put backs. Rich's basket late gave us a nice cushion. They doubled Darrell a lot so we had to have others step up. The guys grinded it out. That's why you need to have a complete team."
Jackson's basket with 1:17 left in regulation gave the Bulldogs an 82-76 lead. Both teams then paraded to the free throw line six times each in the final minute. The Toppers' intent was to foul to get back in the game. Fisk stayed with their relentless full court pressure. Two free throws by Josh Sheppard with 54 seconds left cut the Bulldog lead to four points. Sheppard came off the bench to lead his team in points with 23 and rebounds with nine. The Toppers then had two opportunities to make it a one possession game in the final seconds but missed two shots. Miller's late rebound and two free throws sealed the deal for the Bulldogs."
"People may not agree with our approach but that how we play," said Smith when asked about the fouls in the final minute. "We play 90 feet the whole game. We gambled and were called for fouls late. Some were questionable. If we would have made a steal we would have had a lay-up on two different occasions when fouls were called on us. We held on, that's all that matters to me. I am concerned about all of the points we are giving up though. We know that we can score, we have to learn quick how to stop our opponent. It good to be back at .500. Now we need to go on a run before the conference season starts."