Fri, Feb. 17, 2012 - [Men's Basketball]
HENDERSON, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) shot 57 percent - after shooting over 60 percent for most of the game - and held on to defeat the Freed-Hardeman Lions, 84-77, on Thursday night in the Brewer Sports Center.
The loss was the third straight at home for FHU (17-10, 7-6), which now faces an uphill climb in the TranSouth Conference standings. Freed-Hardeman is now 6-7 at home this season, where it has lost four of its last five.
The Lions got a career-high 22 points off the bench from Reginald Gilmore, but it wasn't enough to compensate for the Trojans' hot shooting. TNU made 24 of its first 38 shots, sitting at 66.7 percent shooting at one point in the second half.
FHU, which shot 51.7 percent in the first half, struggled in the second half and in particular late in the game. After a Jonathan Milewski 3-pointer brought the Lions within two points (79-77) with 1:25 left, they missed their next seven shots - including five on one possession while down by four.
In the first half, Freed-Hardeman rallied from a 12-point deficit to tie the game at 39-39 at the break, then briefly took the lead in the second half after back-to-back 3-pointers by Milewski and Daniel Gravatt.
But the Trojans (18-9, 10-4) went on an 18-3 run to go ahead by 11, and the Lions would not regain the lead.
Gilmore's 22 led all scorers while Gravatt added 13 and Kyle Teichmann had 12.
FHU travels to Mid-Continent (Ky.) University on Saturday for a 4:00 PM tip-off.