LMU men's basketball begins a stretch of four out of the next five on the road, starting with the program's second trip to Missouri.
The 2015-16 season gets started with Lions hosting Cal State Fullerton Friday.
LMU men’s basketball will get the first look of the 2015-16 with exhibition game on Sunday.
Freshman Joshua Spiers talks to LMU Sports Network about his journey the last six months as the Lions head into showdown with Northern Arizona.
LMU men's basketball to host four-game tournament to start Mike Dunlap era at Gersten Pavilion.
Heading into what is winter in Australia, Joshua Spiers was in his small town in Australia focused on playing for a local team, hoping to continue with a future in a sport he loved. Before he knew it, he visited five countries, was playing NCAA Division I basketball and this past week finished his first week of final exams.
The international flavor of LMU's roster includes Australia (Joshua Spiers, David Humphries), Slovakia (Simon Krajcovic), Czech Republic (Petr Herman), Zambia (Patson Siame), Nigeria (Godwin Okonji, Ayodeji Egbeyemi) and Croatia (Marin Mornar). The LMU Sports Network took a look at the vast differences of the Lions' roster through language.
Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Freshman Joshua Spiers grew-up in an Australian town of under 200,000. He never thought he would leave, going to a local university to get his education. In two month, he has crossed two oceans, found a team he loves to be a part of and traveling to Spain as a member of the men's basketball team.
Men's basketball from SEMO
2015 LMU Holiday Classic at Gersten Pavilion
Alumni Family Day at the Game at Gersten Pavilion
LMU at Colorado State in non-conference match-up.
Non-conference road opener at UC Irvine on Sunday.
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BRIEFLY... Joshua Spiers is in his second season of college basketball for LMU in 2015-16... joins the Lions from the Townsville Heat in Townsville, Queensland, Australia... attended Pimlico State High School in Australia.
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
BEFORE LMU... Spiers played in the Australian National U20 Championships, helping Queensland to a silver medal. In the championship game, Spiers finished with nine points and three assists while playing 27 minutes. For the tournament, he played six games and averaged 10.3 points, and 4.7 rebounds per contest... played in the U14 Boys' Division I Classics in 2009, the U16 Boys' Division I State Championships in 2010 and 2011, the Townsville U18 Boys' Division I Championships in 2011 and 2012, and the U18 Boys' Division I State Championships in 2012... In addition to playing for the national program, Spiers played with the Townsville Heat and was part of the Cannons Basketball Club, Inc., in Townsville. He was recognized early on in his childhood as a standout athlete, earning the Queensland School Sport Foundation's Future State Great award in 2008 in basketball and golf.
PERSONAL... Joshua Spiers is from Townsville, Queensland, Australia and was born on June 25, 1996... he is the son of Ronda and Rocky Spiers... he is in the Business program working towards a degree in Accounting.