Lions Surpass 100; down Crowley's Ridge 103-72
Crowley's Ridge College

Lions Surpass 100; down Crowley's Ridge 103-72

Thu, Dec. 1, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

PARAGOULD, Ark. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team amassed 100 points Thursday night, as 13 players contributed on the offensive end in a 103-72 victory over Crowley's Ridge College on the road in Paragould, Ark.

Spencer Garner led the Lions (5-2) on the offensive end with 14 points while Austin Dempsey followed close behind with 13 points of his own.

Grant Teichmann and Marcus Baldwin also reached double digits in the match-up, as Teichmann ended the night with 11 points while Baldwin chipped in 10 points in the win. Several players logged minutes for the Lions in the match-up, as 51 points came from the bench.

Crowley's Ridge College (1-8) would rely on two players for a majority of their offense, as Shaquille Culbreath and Cade Niswonger would combine for 46 of CRC's 72 points. Culbreath ended the night with 24 points for the Pioneers while Niswonger chipped in 22 points in the loss.

The Lions shot an impressive 56 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc in the game compared to the Pioneers, who shot just 36 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range.

The Lions started the game hot and dominated a majority of the first half, as they reached their largest lead of the half at the 41-23 mark with 4:11 remaining, capped off by a field goal by Grant Teichmann, who led the Lions in the opening stanza with 10 points.

The Lions shot 48 percent from the field in the first half compared to the Pioneers who shot just 38 percent on 11-for-28 shooting from the field. Shaquille Culbreath led Crowley's Ridge and all scorers in the first half with 17 points, as he went 5-for-7 from the field and 7-for-8 from the stripe.

Despite FHU reaching an 18 point lead in the first half, the Pioneers would close the half strong, as they out-shot the Lions 11-5 to close the gap to 12 at the 46-34 mark entering the break.

The Lions; however, would open the second half strong as they extended their lead back to 18 at the 61-43 mark with 13 minutes remaining in the game. 

From there, the Lions would never look back, as they kept a double digit lead for the remainder of the game, including their largest lead of the contest at the 103-70 mark with under a minute to play on their way to a 103-72 victory.

With the win, the Lions improve to 5-2 on the season. The Pioneers fall to 1-8 on the season with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions return to conference play at home Saturday, December 3, as they host Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 1:00 PM followed the men's game at 3:00 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.