Late Heroics lift Lions to 73-71 victory over Harris Stowe
"Spencer Garner led the Lions on the offensive end with 11 points"
Harris-Stowe State University

Late Heroics lift Lions to 73-71 victory over Harris Stowe

Thu, Jan. 19, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team used every bit of the clock Thursday night to pick up a much needed win, as late heroics lifted FHU to a 73-71 victory over Harris Stowe State University at the Brewer Sports Center.

The game would come down to a last second play, as Harris Stowe would even things up at 71 apiece with 30 seconds remaining to give the Lions one final possession to make something happen.

And make something happen is what they did, as Grant Teichmann was able to find Spencer Garner under the goal with two seconds remaining for a wide open shot. Harris Stowe State would attempt to block the shot as it was coming down and was whistled for goaltending to give FHU the 73-71 lead with 1.2 seconds remaining in the game to secure the win.

Spencer Garner and Sean Edwards led the Lions on the attack, as each contributed 11 points in the win. Marcus Baldwin also stepped up big for the Lions in the second half, as he chipped in nine points, including a perfect 2-for-2 shooting performance from behind the arc.

FHU (12-6, 8-3 AMC) shot and impressive 49 percent from the field in the game compared to Harris Stowe (5-11, 3-7 AMC) who shot 42 percent from the field and 21 percent from behind the arc.

Trevor Roberts led the Hornets on the offensive end with 14 points. Craig Davila, Jr. and Malik Wineglass also reached double digits in the match-up, as Davila put up 11 points while Wineglass chipped in 10 points in the loss.

The Lions would keep things tight for a majority of the first half, as things were knotted up at 22 apiece with three minutes remaining. However, Harris Stowe would close the half strong, as they out-shot the Lions 13-5 to close the half and take a 35-27 lead entering the break. The Hornets reached their largest lead of the game in the closing minutes of the first half, as they pulled ahead 35-24 with 1:12 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Lions; however, would not go down without a fight, as they opened the second half with a 6-0 scoring run to pull within two points at at the 35-33 mark with 17:06 remaining in the game.

FHU would continue to battle in the ensuing possessions and take back the lead at the 43-42 mark with 14 minutes remaining. From there, the Lions would never give the lead back, as they continued to respond with clutch baskets down the stretch to keep a slight lead.

The Hornets would find their rhythm in the final two minutes of the game, as they were able to even things up at 71 apiece following two made free throws by Tyrone Alston with 22 seconds reamaining. However, the Lions would come through down the stretch and secure the 73-71 victory following a goaltending call on a Spencer Garner field goal with one second remaining in the game.

With the win, the Lions improve to 12-6 on the season and 8-3 in conference play. Harris Stowe State University falls to 5-11 on the season and 3-7 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions will be right back at it on Saturday, January 21, as they host Lindenwood University-Belleville for a 3:00 PM match-up at the Brewer Sports Center.