Lions open AMC play with 66-57 win over Harris Stowe
"Fitzgerald Hopkins led the Lions on the offensive end with 17 points"
Harris-Stowe State University

Lions open AMC play with 66-57 win over Harris Stowe

Thu, Nov. 17, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team got off to a solid start in conference play Thursday, as a second half surge propelled the Lions to a 66-57 victory over Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo.

Fitzgerald Hopkins led the Lions on the offensive end, as he put up 17 points and pulled down six rebounds in the victory. Spencer Garner followed close behind with 15 points of his own while Grant Teichmann continued his strong play with 10 points.

Despite shooting just 28 percent in the first half and trailing by three at the break, the Lions (2-1, 1-0 AMC) turned things around in the second half, shooting 38 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc.

Harris Stowe (2-3, 0-1 AMC), on the other hand, was opposite, as they found success in the first half with a 40 percent shooting performance before struggling in the second half, shooting just 2-for-10 for a 20 percent clip.

Both teams were evenly matched in the opening stanza, as the first half saw three ties and five lead changes with FHU's largest lead being by four points while HSSU had the largest lead of the half at the 28-22 mark with 1:22 remaining.

Grant Teichmann led the Lions on the offensive end in the first half, as nine of his 10 points came in the first half alone. Jalen Fletcher and Julian Clarkson led the Hornets in the first half, each with nine points of their own, to give HSSU a three point advantage at the 30-27 mark entering the break.

The second half; however, would belong to the Lions, as they turned things around and out-shot the Hornets 39-27 on their way to a 66-57 victory. 

Despite a tight start to the second half which saw each team trade baskets in the opening ten minutes, the Lions were able to find some separation and reach their largest lead of the game at the 59-49 mark with two minutes remaining.

The Lions would not look back from there, as they were able to keep a near double digit lead for the remainder of the game on their way to a victory in their first conference match-up of the season.

With the win, the Lions improve to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. The Hornets fall to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions continue their road schedule Saturday, November 19 as they make the trip to Belleville, Illinois to take on Lindenwood University-Belleville. The Lady Lions kick things off first with a 1:00 PM tip followed by the men's match-up at 3:00 PM.