Sept. 3, 2006
GUELPH, Ontario _ It's all about getting better each time a team hits the court.
Such was the case for the Lipscomb Bisons Saturday night as they took a 70-64 victory against the University of Guelph Gryphons, rebounding from an 84-77 loss to the University of Toronto earlier in the day.
"I thought we did a great job of bouncing back and playing," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "We didn't make quite as many mistakes in the half-court defensively, but we still struggled in transition defense especially in the first half. But in the second half we held them to 24 points and when you do that and execute offensively you have a chance to win.
"I thought we did some nice execution down the stretch on offense and defense. I thought we played much better."
The Bisons had to recover from the earlier game and also bounce back from a road trip of more than an hour away from Toronto. Guelph was very physical team which made the second game an even tougher challenge.
"They were a much bigger, stronger and more physical team than Toronto," said Sanderson. "Our guys bounced back and responded. I was proud of them. They reminded me of Campbell.
Once again freshman Michael Teller was an integral part of the game. After leading the Bisons in scoring with 17 against Toronto, he came back to score 11 against Guelph.
"Michael knows how to play, with or without the ball," said Sanderson. "What he lacks in speed and quickness he makes up for in smarts. He knows when to cut, when to back door and when to fade. Defensively, he is in the right spots."
"Eddie had a couple of nice drives and Brian had a big three-point play at the end," said Sanderson. "But they haven't played yet like they last season."
Trey Williams also was in double figures for the Bisons with 11 points.
"Of all the guys on the team Trey has been shooting the eyes out of the ball," said Sanderson. "He is a guy who can make threes. He has worked extremely hard. He is a threat offensively He is also a strong guy who can get to the basket."
Jason Hopkins was in double figures in rebounds with a team-leading 11. The Bisons finished the game with 32. Even more impressive was Hopkins' five assists which tied him with Trey Williams for the team lead. "Those five assists are more than we had in a lifetime from the center position," said Sanderson. "Not only can he score, but he can pass it. He did a much better of seeing things on the court.
"He also did a much better job of rebounding. He went and pursued rebounds. He didn't just get rebounds in his area."
Jay Mott led Guelph with 16 followed by Nick Pankerichan with 11 and Aron Bariagabre with 10. Borko Popic posted the game high in rebounds with 12 as the Gryphons pulled down 35 boards.
The Bisons shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line. Guelph shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line (9-of-15).
The Bisons will spend most of the day Sunday sight-seeing with a trip to Niagra Falls. They are back on the court Sunday night at 7 CDT against York University.
The four-game exhibition schedule in Canada ends Monday morning with a game against Humber College.
Both games will be broadcast live on the Internet.