Razorback coach likens Lipscomb to mosquitoes

Updated: December 20, 2004, 5:01 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath says he hopes his team doesn't flounder when faced with the persistence and patience of the Lipscomb squad the Razorbacks face Monday night.

"After watching the tape of their Minnesota game, they remind me of a mosquito or fly," Heath said Sunday. "They bother you, and will not go away. They are scrappy."

Lipscomb lost its season-opener to Minnesota, 83-66, on Nov. 21, but that was the last loss suffered by the Nashville, Tenn., school, which brings a 6-1 record to Monday's contest.

Heath said his Razorbacks (8-1) will "have to defend hard and have patience on offense" if they are to succeed against Lipscomb, because that's what the opposing team will do.

"They will run their offense with patience," Heath said. "I think we are more talented, but that doesn't matter if we don't do the job on court."

He said he didn't think a victory over Lipscomb would be as easy to accomplish as some observers may expect.

"The teams they have played, they have dominated," Heath said. "They don't stall on offense -- they wait for you to break down and get a good shot."

The Arkansas coach said Darian Townes, who shared scoring honors for the Razorbacks with 16 points in Saturday's 102-50 win over Prairie View, had improved his playing enough that he was under consideration for a starting slot.

"If he can continue to dominate in the paint, we may look at getting him in the lineup," Heath said. "His defense needs to catch up with his offense, but he's blocking shots and his defense has been good."

Townes has made 17 of his 24 shots in the last two games.

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