"We worked a lot on our half-court defense," Pippen said. "I thought we did an excellent job of keeping pressure on them. We knew we had to do that if we were going to win on the road."
The road doesn't often take the Admirals out of town on Ky. 33. Excepting the All "A" Classic, this was their first game at Burgin in more than 10 years.
The short ride back home might have been much longer had it not been for Burgin's turnovers and the 15 points Danville scored off them.
Pippen said two Danville guards had a lot to do with creating those turnovers.
"Phillip Dunn and Ronnie Hawkins played outstanding defense in our half-court set," he said.
"I think our speed helped," said Dunn, who had five steals that led to baskets. "They really don't have that much quickness."
Burgin coach Don Irvine said Danville's quickness wasn't as much of a problem for the Bulldogs as they probably expected it to be.
"I think it was a case of us adjusting our mind to it than it was what they did," Irvine said.
Danville (10-13) raced to a 15-6 - Steven Gray had seven of its first 12 points - lead before Burgin (9-11) completed that adjustment. But Irvine said the problems that cost the Bulldogs possessions in the fourth quarter weren't the same as in the first period.
"The 10 (turnovers) in the first quarter, we overcame that. We adjusted our press offense a little bit during a timeout, and that overcame any problems we had there. The eight in the fourth quarter, those have got to be self-correcting. I just thought we didn't make good decisions."
Bulldogs hit cold spell in fourth quarter
Burgin's chance for a comeback was lost when it went without a field goal for a span of 6 minutes, 9 seconds in the fourth quarter. Before the drought ended in the final minute of the game, Danville had built a 69-58 lead.
"We made some big stops in the fourth quarter, and we were fortunate to get some offensive boards," Pippen said.
Danville's first double-digit lead was erased in the second quarter, when Burgin went up 33-31 on consecutive baskets by Zack Gross and Sean Bottoms with 2:11 left. But two buckets by Hawkins and one by Chad Bartleson gave the Admirals a 38-33 halftime lead.
Danville answered Burgin's attempt to push its way back into the lead in the third quarter with 3-pointers on three straight possessions, two by Bartleson and one by Rich Witten. That turned a 49-45 Danville lead into a 58-50 advantage with 2:12 left in the third quarter, and Burgin never got closer than six points after that.
Danville shot 44.4 percent (28-for-63) from the field and had 14 turnovers. Burgin shot 46.3 percent (25-for-54) and outrebounded the Admirals 35-33 behind seven rebounds from Joe Harris and six from Gross.
Bartleson had 19 points and Dunn had 15 for Danville, and Ben Carter had a team-high seven rebounds.
Ten different players scored for the Admirals, who got 19 points from their bench compared to six for Burgin.
"One thing that impressed me with Danville was their balance," Irvine said. "We picked up people that we thought were going to score."
Gross had 19 points, Bottoms had 17 and Harris had 14 for Burgin.
Bottoms led all scorers with 12 points at halftime, but Danville held him to five in the second half.
"In the second half we really denied Bottoms getting the ball," Dunn said.
And Irvine said the Bulldogs are still in need of scoring from other sources.
"The key is some of our other guys stepping up," Irvine said. "This time of year they've got to play older. That's the thing that's most disappointing, is that by now I thought they would.
"But we're still pleased with their effort. The execution's just not there, but we are proud of all our guys' effort."
DANVILLE (10-13) - Chad Bartleson 19, Steven Gray 8, Phillip Dunn 15, Rich Witten 9, Chase Overstreet 2, Ronnie Hawkins 6, Eric Caldwell 2, Darius Baughman 6, Spencer Perrin 2, Ben Carter 3.
BURGIN (9-11) - Joe Harris 14, Daniel Howard 3, Bobby Wylie 4, Zack Gross 19, Sean Bottoms 17, Jordan Darland 4, Daniel Loane 2.