Scots hand Lions first conference loss; defeat FHU 55-48
Lyon College

Scots hand Lions first conference loss; defeat FHU 55-48

Thu, Dec. 29, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team suffered their first conference loss of the season Thursday at the hands of Lyon College, as the Scots put together enough offense to secure the 55-48 victory.

The Lions (8-4, 4-1 AMC) struggled the entire night, as they shot just 28 percent from the field and a staggering 12 percent from behind the arc. Lyon College (6-6, 1-4 AMC), on the other hand, had no trouble finding rhythm on the offensive end, as they shot 42 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.

The Lions, who average nearly 80 points per game, were well below their average, as they mustered just 48 points in the loss.

Marcus Willingham led the attack for Lyon, as he put up 17 points in the match-up following a 7-for-12 shooting performance from the field. Joe Burt followed close behind, as he also reached double digits with 13 points and six rebounds in the win.

Mika Nuolivirta led the way for FHU, as he contributed 15 points off the bench while also pulling down six rebounds in the contest. Nuolivirta was the only player on the Lions roster to reach double digits in the match-up, as Grant Teichmann followed close behind with nine points.

Lyon College also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded FHU 39-37 in the match-up, led by Justas Narusas who pulled down 10 carom's in the win.
The Lions started the game slow, as they shot just 21 percent from the field in the first half to fall behind early. The three-point line wasn't any friendlier to FHU, as the Lions shot just 1-for-13 from behind the arc.

The Lions kept things tight in the opening ten minutes, as things were knotted up at 10 apiece with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Scots would take control from there, as they out-shot the Lions 15-4 to close the half and take a 25-14 lead entering the break.

The Lions continued to struggle in the second half, despite shooting a slightly better percentage and getting as close as one point on three occasions in the closing minutes of the game. However, despite FHU closing the gap and keeping things close, the Scots would never relinquish their lead in the second stanza, as they were able to hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the 55-48 victory.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 8-4 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. Lyon College evens up their season record at 6-6 while moving to 1-4 in AMC play with the win.

UP NEXT: The Lions continue their road schedule Saturday December 31st, as they travel to Central Baptist College for a 3:00 PM match-up in Conway, Ark.