Lions fall to No. 6 Columbia in AMC Game of the Week
"Fitzgerald Hopkins led all scorers in the game with 27 points"
(6)Columbia College

Lions fall to No. 6 Columbia in AMC Game of the Week

Thu, Jan. 5, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team suffered their sixth loss of the season Thursday night, as the No. 6 Columbia College Cougars came away with a 93-78 victory in the American Midwest Conference Game of the Week at the Brewer Sports Center.

The Lions (9-6, 5-3 AMC) struggled with consistency the entire night, despite ending the night shooting a 50 percent clip from behind the arc. FHU never led in the match-up, despite pulling within one point on multiple occasions in the first half.

Columbia College (15-1, 8-0 AMC), on the other hand, had no trouble finding the basket, as they shot an impressive 51 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the arc.

Nic Reynolds led the Cougars on the attack, as he put up 23 points in the match-up following an impressive 5-for-6  shooting performance from behind the arc. Three other Columbia players reached double digits in the contest, including Preston Whitfield's 16 points, Jackson Dubinski's 13 points and Malik Ray's 11 points.

Despite the loss, the Lions received solid contribution from Fitzgerald Hopkins, who came off the bench to lead all scorers in the game with 27 points, including a 5-for-7 shooting performance from behind the arc.

Trevor Randolph also found success from behind the arc, as he connected on 5-for-10 from three point range and ended the night with 15 points. Grant Teichmann led the Lions on the glass with eight rebounds while chipping in nine points.

The Lions started the game slow, as Columbia jumped out to an early 15 point lead at the 22-7 mark with 13:41 remaining in the first half. However, the Lions would climb back in it, as they out-shot the Cougars 26-16 in the final 12 minutes of the first half to close the gap to five points at the 38-33 mark entering the break.

The Lions; however, could not continue the momentum in the second half, as Columbia reached their largest lead of the game at the 90-72 mark with 1:10 remaining, following a three point field goal by Nic Reynolds. From there, the Cougars would not allow the Lions to get any closer than 15 points, as they secured the 93-78 victory.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 9-6 on the season and 5-3 in conference play. Columbia College improves to 15-1 on the season and 8-0 in AMC play with the win.

UP NEXT: The Lions conclude their three-game home-stand Saturday, January 7th, as they play host to William Woods (Mo.) University. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 1:00 PM followed by the men's game at 3:00 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.