Hot shooting ignites Lions to 74-60 victory over WBC
Williams Baptist College

Hot shooting ignites Lions to 74-60 victory over WBC

Tue, Jan. 3, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - When you catch fire from behind the arc, you lead your team to victory. And Trevor Randolph was due a scorcher. After combining for just nine points the past two games, Randolph exploded for 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from behind the arc Tuesday night to lead the Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team to a 74-60 victory over Williams Baptist College.

Randolph; however, wasn't alone in the fire show, as Grant Teichmann continued his strong play with 17 points and seven rebounds in the match-up, including an 8-for-14 shooting performance from the field. Spencer Garner followed close behind and chipped in 14 points of his own while pulling down seven rebounds.

Austin Dempsey also reached double digits in the match-up with 11 points while Fitzgerald Hopkins dished out an impressive eight assists in the win.

The Lions (9-5, 5-2 AMC) shot an impressive 56 percent from the field in the game compared to Williams Baptist (6-7, 2-5 AMC), who shot just 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the arc.

E.J. Rucker led the Eagles and all scorers in the game with 23 points, as he shot 9-for-18 from the field and 5-for-11 from behind the arc. Rucker also led the Eagles on the glass, as he pulled down five rebounds. Allen Buchanan also reached double digits in the match-up, as he put up 16 points in the loss.

Williams Baptist College would start the game hot, as the Lions struggled to gain momentum early in the first half. The Eagles would jump out to an early lead in the opening ten minutes of the game, as they took a commanding 23-15 lead with 11:03 remaining in the first stanza.

The Lions; however, would regroup over the next four minutes, as they out-shot the Eagles 9-1 to close the gap to one point at the 25-24 mark with 6:50 remaining in the first half. FHU would keep their foot on the gas pedal to close the half, as they closed the gap to two points at the 31-29 mark entering the break.

The Lions would keep the momentum in their favor to begin the second half, as they fired in the first two buckets to take their first lead of the game since the 4-3 mark in the opening minutes of the first half.

From there, the Lions would continue to pile it on, as Trevor Randolph caught fire from behind the arc and rattled off three straight three-point field goals to give FHU a 45-38 lead with 14:13 remaining in the game.

The hot shooting would continue for the Lions over the next eight minutes, as they reached their largest lead of the game at the 65-50 mark with 5:37 remaining. FHU would keep a double digit lead to close out the game, as they did not allow Williams Baptist to get any closer than 12 points in the 74-60 victory.

With the win, the Lions move to 9-5 on the season and 5-2 in conference play. Williams Baptist falls to 6-7 on the season and 2-5 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions continue their three game home-stand Thursday, January 5, as they host Columbia (Mo.) College for the American Midwest Conference Game of the Week. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 5:30 PM folllowed by the men's game at 7:30 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.