Lions upset No. 12 Park in AMC Game of the Week
"Austin Dempsey led FHU with 20 points, including a 6-for-8 shooting performance from behind the arc"
(12)Park University

Lions upset No. 12 Park in AMC Game of the Week

Sat, Dec. 17, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team continued their hot start to the season Saturday, as they were able to come away with an 84-74 win over No. 12 Park University in the American Midwest Conference Game of the Week at the Brewer Sports Center.

Austin Dempsey paced the Lions on the offensive end, as he ended the night with 20 points, courtesy of a 6-for-8 shooting performance from behind the arc. Fitzgerald Hopkins also came up big for the Lions down the stretch, as he put up 15 points, all of which came in the second half.

Spencer Garner also reached double digits in the match-up with 10 points while Stephen Shell contributed solid minutes off the bench with nine points, shooting 3-for-5 from the field.

The Lions (8-3, 4-0 AMC) shot an impressive 51 percent from the field and 57 percent from behind the arc in the game compared to Park University (6-2, 3-1 AMC) who shot 40 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc. FHU also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Pirates 36-25, led by Joseph Williams, who pulled down six rebounds in the win.

In his second game back from injury, reigning AMC Co-Player of the Year Xavielle Brown led the Pirates on the offensive end with 23 points. B.J. Watson and Ikem Eriobuna also reached double digits in the contest, as Watson put up 17 points while Eriobuna chipped in 11. Levi Mitchell led the Pirates on the glass, as he pulled down nine rebounds in the loss.

The Lions dominated the match-up from the opening tip, as they jumped out to an early 31-14 lead to reach their largest lead of the half with 10:48 remaining. The hot shooting continued the remainder of the half, as FHU shot an impressive 58 percent from behind the arc and never allowed the Pirates to get any closer than 10 points, as they took a 46-33 lead entering the break.

The hot shooting continued for the Lions in the second half, as they kept a near double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, despite the Pirates narrowing the lead to four points at the 69-65 mark with 5:00 remaining.

However, despite the scoring run made by the Pirates to close the gap to four points, the Lions would answer with a scoring run of their own, as they out-shot Park 15-9 in the final five minutes of the game to secure the 84-74 victory.

With the win, the Lions improve to 8-3 on the season (4-0 in conference play) and likely take over sole possession of second place in the American Midwest Conference standings. The Pirates fall to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions return to action following the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 29, as they make the trip to Batesville, Ark. to face Lyon College. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 5:30 PM followed by the men's game at 7:30 PM.