Lions drop second straight with 104-95 loss to CBC
Central Baptist College

Lions drop second straight with 104-95 loss to CBC

Sat, Dec. 31, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

CONWAY, Ark. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team fell behind early and struggled to recover Saturday, as a hot shooting performance by Central Baptist sent the Lions home with their second straight loss following the holiday break.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 8-5 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. Central Baptist improves to 9-3 on the season and 5-2 in AMC play with the win.

The Lions also hand over sole possession of third place in the AMC standings to Central Baptist with the loss while falling to a three way tie for fourth place in the conference standings with Lindenwood University-Belleville and No. 12 Park University.

The Lions (8-5, 4-2 AMC) struggled to recover from a slow start, as they shot just 42 percent from the field in the first half compared to Central Baptist (9-3, 5-2 AMC) who could not miss, shooting 60 percent from the field and 70 percent from behind the arc in the first half.

Although the Lions ended the game shooting a 51 percent clip from the field, the Mustangs would be too much, as they shot 63 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the arc to keep a lead the entire second half.

Despite the loss, the Lions received solid contribution from Grant Teichmann, who led the Lions on the offensive end with 19 points and six rebounds. Fitzgerald Hopkins followed close behind with 18 points of his own while Spencer Garner also reached double-digits in the match-up with 11 points.

The Mustangs dominated the offensive end in the match-up, as five players reached double digits, led by Fred Albright who ended the night with 21 points. Marcelious Green followed close behind with 19 points while also leading the Mustangs on the glass with seven rebounds. The Mustangs held a slight edge on the glass in the contest, as they out-rebounded the Lions 31-30, led by Green's seven carom's.

The Lions would start the game hot, as they jumped out to an early 22-13 lead with 13:50 remaining in the first half. However, the Mustangs would respond with a scoring run of their own, as they out-shot the Lions 21-11 over the next six minutes to regain the lead at the 34-33 mark with seven minutes remaining in the first half.

From there, the Mustangs would keep their foot on the gas pedal, as they went on an 8-0 run to reach their largest lead of the half at the 42-33 mark with 4:44 remaining. The Lions would continue to struggle to gain momentum to close the half, as they entered the break down 49-41.
Fitzgerald Hopkins led the Lions in the first half with eight points, as he went 2-for-5 from behind the arc to give FHU a spark to open the game. The Lions shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from three point range, but still trailed as a result of a hot start by the Mustangs who shot 70 percent from behind the arc.

The Lions would climb back in it to start the second half, as they out-shot the Mustangs 9-6 in the opening four minutes to close the gap to five at the 55-50 mark, courtesy of solid defensive pressure.

However, the Lions would not be able to regain the lead for the remainder of the second half, as the Mustangs shot nearly 67 percent from the field on 18-for-27 shooting to answer each of the scoring runs made by FHU.

The Lions would get as close as one point at the 87-86 mark with 3:10 remaining in the game following a basket by Sean Edwards; however, that would be as close as FHU would get as Central Baptist out-shot the Lions 17-9 in the closing minutes to secure the 104-95 victory.

UP NEXT: The Lions return home Tuesday, January 3rd, as they play host to Williams Baptist (Ark.) College. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 5:30 PM followed by the men's game at 7:30 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.