Lions start hot and hold on for 88-79 victory at MBU
"Hopkins chipped in 14 points in the victory at Missouri Baptist"
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Lions start hot and hold on for 88-79 victory at MBU

Mon, Jan. 23, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

ST. LOUIS, Mo - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team had plenty of hot shooting to go around Monday, as three players reached double digits in an 88-79 victory over Missouri Baptist University on the road in St. Louis, Mo.

Trevor Randolph led the Lions on the attack with 15 points, including an impressive 5-for-8 shooting performance from behind the arc. Fitzgerald Hopkins followed close behind with 14 points, as he shot a 50 percent clip from behind the arc.

Sean Edwards also reached double-digits in the match-up, as he put up 11 points and dished out four assists in the win. The Lions also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Spartans 38-20, led by Marcus Baldwin, who pulled down eight rebounds. 

The Lions (14-6, 10-3 AMC) shot an impressive 53 percent from the field and 48 percent from behind the arc compared to Missouri Baptist (12-8, 6-6 AMC), who shot 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. 

Despite the loss, the Spartans had plenty of offense to go around, as five players reached double digits, led by Pablo Hernandez who dropped 20 points in the contest. Johnny Benson, Luke Call and Jared White followed close behind, as each contributed 11 points while Will Harrington rounded out the scoring with 10 points in the loss.

Both teams were fairly evenly matched to start the game, as the game went back and forth until things were evened up at 22 apiece with 8:06 remaining in the first half. However, the Lions would catch fire from there, as they out-shot the Spartans 24-13 to close the half to take a 46-35 lead entering the break.

After taking the lead in the first half, the Lions would never trail again in the match-up, despite Missouri Baptist making a late push to close the gap late in the game. The Lions would extend their lead to as many as 15 at the 66-51 mark with 13 minutes remaining in regulation.

However, the Spartans would not go away without a fight, as they answered with an 11-0 scoring run over the next three minutes to close the gap to four points at the 66-62 mark with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Missouri Baptist would continue to chip away at the lead from there, as they closed the gap to one point at the 72-71 mark with 7:44 remaining. However, despite pulling within one point, the Spartans would never regain the lead, as the Lions out-shot MBU 16-8 in the final seven minutes of the game to secure the 88-79 victory.

With the win, the Lions move to 14-6 on the season and 10-3 in conference play. Missouri Baptist falls to 12-8 on the season and 6-6 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action on the road Saturday, January 28th, as they make the trip to Hannibal, Mo. to take on Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 1:00 PM followed by the men's game at 3:00 PM.