First Half Shooting Clinic lifts Lions over Belleville 97-77
"Trevor Randolph chipped in 11 points in Saturday's victory over Lindenwood-Belleville"
Lindenwood University-Belleville

First Half Shooting Clinic lifts Lions over Belleville 97-77

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team took control of the first half Saturday, which would prove to be too much for Lindenwood University-Belleville to overcome, as the Lions topped the Lynx 97-77 at the Brewer Sports Center for their 13th win of the season.

The Lions (13-6, 9-3 AMC) shot an impressive 64 percent from the field and 63 percent from behind the arc in the first half to take a commanding lead in the game. Lindenwood-Belleville (12-6, 6-5 AMC), on the other hand, struggled to find rhythm in the first half, as they shot just 27 percent from the field and 13 percent from behind the arc.

Fitzgerald Hopkins led the Lions on the attack, as he poured in 21 points after shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc. Four other Lion players reached double digits in the match-up, as Sean Edwards contributed 15 points while Mika Nuolivirta and Trevor Randolph, each had 11. Austin Dempsey rounded out the scoring for the Lions, as he contributed 10 points with a 3-for-4 shooting performance from behind the arc.

Sean McGee led the Lynx and all scorers in the game with 27 points, as he shot an impressive 6-for-9 from behind the arc. J.T. Jones and Chris Deanes also reached double digits in the match-up, as Jones put up 14 points while Deanes chipped in 10 points in the loss.

The Lions would enforce their will in the first half, as they relied on hot shooting from nearly every Lion player that touched the ball. The Lions pulled away early and never looked back, as they reached their largest lead of the first half at the 61-32 mark entering the break. The Lions shot an impressive 63 percent from behind the arc in the first half, courtesy of a 7-for-11 shooting performance from downtown.

The Lions would continue their hot shooting in the second half, as they were able to reach their largest lead of the game at the 85-43 mark with 10:48 remaining in regulation before Lindenwood-Belleville made one final push to close the gap.

The Lynx would find their rhythm in the final 10 minutes of the game, as they out-shot the Lions 34-12 to pull within 16 points at the 87-71 mark with 3:12 remaining in the game. However, the Lions would hold off the late charge, as they out-shot the Lynx 10-6 in the final three minutes to secure the 97-77 victory.

With the win, the Lions improve to 13-6 on the season and 9-3 in conference play. Lindenwood University-Belleville falls to 12-6 on the season and 6-5 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions will be right back at it on Monday, January 23rd, as they make the trip to St. Louis, Mo. to take on Missouri Baptist University. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 5:30 PM followed by the men's game at 7:30 PM.