Lions outlast Cumberland 73-70 in back and forth battle
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Lions outlast Cumberland 73-70 in back and forth battle

Thu, Nov. 10, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team opened the regular season on a bright note Thursday, as they were able to come away with a 73-70 victory over in-state foe Cumberland University in a back and forth battle at the Brewer Sports Center.

The Lions (1-0) came out firing to start the game, as they shot an impressive 50 percent on 13-for 26 shooting in the first half. Trevor Randolph led the charge for FHU in the first half, as all 10 of his points came in the opening stanza. Randolph would jump start the Lion offense to begin the game, as he connected on two straight three-point field goals to give FHU an early lead.

Cumberland (1-3), on the other hand, struggled to get anything to fall in the first half, as they shot just 33 percent from the field and 16 percent from behind the arc. However, despite the slow start, the Phoenix were able to bounce back in the closing minutes of the half to pull within six points at the 34-28 mark.

Cumberland would keep the momentum going in the second half, as they shot 51 percent from the field and 75 percent from behind the arc on 3-for-4 shooting to keep things tight the entire way. The second half saw four ties and seven lead changes, as both teams began to get into rhythm on the offensive end.

Cumberland would keep things interesting in the closing minutes of the game, as a three-point basket by Cameron Johnson with 3:32 remaining would give the Phoenix a 63-61 lead down the stretch.

The Lions; however, would not let Cumberland keep the lead long, as two free throws by Austin Dempsey and a three-point field goal by Grant Teichmann would put FHU back on top at the 66-63 mark with 1:22 remaining in the game.

The Lions would not look back from there, as they traded baskets with Cumberland in the final minute of play to come away with a 73-70 victory in the back and forth battle.

Grant Teichmann and Grant Fitzgerald Hopkins led the Lions on the offensive end, as each ended the night with 14 points. Teichmann had no trouble finding his way to the rack in the match-up, as he connected on 6-for-11 from the field while pulling down seven rebounds in the process.

Diondrey Holt and Cameron Johnson led Cumberland on the offensive end, as each player finished with 13 points in the match-up. The Phoenix out-rebounded the Lions 36-31 in the match-up, led by Reid Pierce who had five rebounds.

With the win, the Lions move to 1-0 on the season. Cumberland falls to 1-3 on the season with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions will not have much of a break following Thursday's match-up, as they will be right back at it Saturday for Homecoming. The Lady Lions kick things off first with a 1:00 PM match-up with Bethel (Tenn.) University followed by the men's game against No. 7 Talladega (Ala.) College at 3:00 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.