Hot shooting propels Lions to victory over Hannibal-LaGrange
"Marcus Baldwin posted a season-high 11 points in the win"
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hot shooting propels Lions to victory over Hannibal-LaGrange

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team had plenty of hot shooting to go around Saturday, as four players reached double digits in a 76-64 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange at the Brewer Sports Center.

Fitzgerald Hopkins led the Lions on the attack with 17 points, including an impressive 4-for-7 shooting performance from behind the arc. Spencer Garner and Marcus Baldwin followed close behind, as each contributed 11 points in the match-up while Grant Teichmann chipped in 10.

The Lions (6-2, 3-0 AMC) shot an impressive 54 percent from the field and 55 percent from behind the arc compared to Hannibal-LaGrange (4-3, 1-2 AMC), who shot 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. FHU also won the rebound battle in the contest, as they out-rebounded the Trojans 35-25, led by Spencer Garner who pulled down seven rebounds.

D'Avonte Garland led the Trojans on the offensive end with 18 points while Demetrius Early followed close behind with 13 points. Greg Nicoll led HLGU on the glass, as he pulled down seven rebounds in the loss.

The Lions would trail by as many as four in the opening minutes of the game, as Hannibal-LaGrange took an early 8-4 lead with 16:35 remaining. However, the lead would be short lived, as FHU would go on a 6-0 run to take a 10-8 lead with 15:46 remaining.

After taking the lead, the Lions would never trail again in the match-up, as they were able to increase their lead to 10 at the 41-31 mark entering the break.

The Lions would keep a double digit lead for the entire second half of play, as they reached their largest lead of the game at the 60-43 mark with 12:00 remaining following a made free throw by Joseph Williams.

Hannibal-LaGrange would get as close at 10 at the 73-63 mark with 1:15 to play, but the Lions would hold off the late charge to secure the 76-64 victory.

With the win, the Lions move to 6-2 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. Hannibal-LaGrange falls to 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action on the road Monday, December 5th, as they make the trip to Talladega, Ala. to take on No. 7 Talladega College. Tip off is set for 7:00 PM.