Sept. 4, 2006
TORONTO, Ontario _ The key to a successful business trip is to accomplish all of your goals.
The Lipscomb Bisons basketball team did just that in a four-game exhibition series in Canada, sealing a 3-1 record with an explosive 87-49 rout of Humber College Monday morning.
"This trip was just absolutely phenomenal for us," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "Our whole purpose of this trip was for team-building and team chemistry and learning the strengths and weaknesses of each of our players.
"We know so much more about what guys can and cannot do individually and as a team. You just can't put a price tag on this kind of trip. We learned in this trip what we would have had to wait to learn in our exhibition games with Freed-Hardeman and Harding at the start of the season."
The Bisons lost the opener Saturday morning 84-77 to the University of Toronto. Saturday night they beat Guelph 70-64 and York 70-57.
"This experience was unbelievable," said Sanderson. "For the university to allow us to go up here and play these four games is just incredible. All four games were a benefit to us."
Teams are allowed to make such trips once every four years according to NCAA rules.
The Bisons were never seriously challenged in the game, leading 38-20 at the half. Sanderson took advantage of the large scoring gap to give significant playing time to JanAndre Williams, Blake Giles, Will Mantlo, Ryan Daniel, Hopkins, Moore, Michael Teller and Devon Seaford.
"This was our opportunity to really play our six-through-11 players," said Sanderson. "They got a lot of minutes today. We tried to mix it around a little bit. You find out a lot about players in situations like this.
"I thought Ryan did a lot of nice things. He really improved. I thought Brandon really improved as the game went on."
"Jason is going to give us another dimension in the low post, "Sanderson said. "Not only can he score, but he can really pass the ball. We fed the ball more to the post this trip than we did all of last year.
"Then you have a guy like Brandon who got off to a slow start in the first couple of games, but in the last two games he has really shown his athleticism and the things he can do as well."
For the game the Bisons shot 59.3 percent from the field (32-of-54) and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the free throw line.
Humber was held to a 29.8 percent (14-of-47) rate from the field and 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the free throw line.
The Bisons will go back into regular preseason mode this week with players working in the weight room and watching tap this week.
"Hopefully, we can work our weaknesses as players and as a team," said Sanderson. "When we start practices in October we will be further along early in the season.
"We have a very, very difficult non-conference schedule. We did that for a reason to get us ready for Atlantic Sun play."