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11/1/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1823
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With nine new faces on the roster, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team is anxious to get the 2012-13 season underway on Thursday night with an exhibition tilt against long-time foe Freed Hardeman at Allen Arena.
After a couple of weeks of practice, the Bisons hit Don Meyer Court at 7:15 p.m. following the women’s exhibition contest against FHU that begins at 5 p.m.
“We have some pieces but we’re a work in progress and most teams are when you have as many new guys as we do,” said Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson. “They’re very eager to learn and try to do what we’re asking them to do but we’re not there yet."
The youthful Bison squad will face a battle-tested Freed Hardeman squad that is ranked No. 12 in the preseason NAIA top-25 poll and picked to win the TransSouth Conference. Lipscomb looks to combat the Lions squad that returns four starters from last year’s team that finished 21-11 by leaning on junior college transfers Oscar Garcia and Khion Sankey.
“Oscar is a guy that has really come on this fall,” said Sanderson. “He’s a player that, as a coach, you appreciate his value to the team. He won’t get a bunch of rebounds but neither will his guy and he covers everybody else up defensively. He also creates offense for other people because of his smarts and understanding how to play. Oscar’s been very consistent on both ends of the floor.”
Sankey looks to see significant playing time in the back court for the Bisons after transferring from Sheridan College in Wyoming.
“Khion is a big, strong, physical presence for us that does a pretty good job of taking care of the basketball,” said Sanderson. “He gives our team some teeth as far as toughness is concerned. He’s been very good and pretty consistent throughout the fall for us.”
Sanderson also expects a familiar face to carry a big portion of the load for Lipscomb as Martin Smith returns for his sophomore campaign
“Martin has played at a really high level this fall and has shot the ball extremely well,” said Sanderson. “He had a great last half of the season last year and he has built off of that to this year in his practice and his practice habits and his commitment to getting better. Martin has really worked on his game to get it to another level and it has.”
Thursday night’s tuneup will be the only exhibition for the Bisons in preparation for the season opening “Battle of the Boulevard” on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. as Belmont comes to Allen Arena.
The game will be aired live on the Lipscomb Sports Network on 102.5 The Game with Jonathan Seamon handling play-by-play duties. The veteran Seamon will be joined by newcomers Jay Walton and Jared Revlett on the call. Walton joins the broadcast team as color anaylst after 13 years on the bench with the Bisons, while Revlett takes over studio host duties for the broadcasts.
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