Lions hang on for 70-67 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange
"Sean Edwards led the Lions with 11 points in the win"
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Lions hang on for 70-67 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange

Sat, Jan. 28, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HANNIBAL, Mo. - In a game that went down to the wire, the Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team held on for their sixth straight win of the season Saturday, as they pulled out a 70-67 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University on the road in Hannibal, Mo.

Sean Edwards paced the Lions on the offensive end, as he ended the day with 11 points, courtesy of a 4-for-10 shooting performance from the field.  Edwards narrowly missed a double-double in the contest, as he pulled down eight rebounds in the win. 

Austin Dempsey also came up big for the Lions down the stretch, as he put up 10 points, including four big buckets in the final five minues to give the Lions a lead late in the game.

The Lions (15-6, 11-3 AMC) shot 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc in the game compared to Hannnibal-LaGrange (7-11, 4-10 AMC) who shot 37 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc. FHU also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Trojans 33-29, led by Edwards, who pulled down eight rebounds in the win.

Three players reached double-digits for the Trojans in the match-up, as they were able to find success late in the game from behind the arc. D'Avonte Garland led the way for Hannibal-LaGrange with 15 points while De'Shawn Terrell followed close behind with 12. Demetrius Early rounded out the scoring for the Trojans with 11 points in the loss.

Hannibal-LaGrange kept pace with the Lions in the first half, courtesy of hot shooting from behind the arc, which consisted of shooting a 50 percent clip from three-point range on 7-for-14 shooting. The Trojans would use their hot shooting to even things up at 31 apiece with 4:17 remaining in the first half to keep things interesting.

However, despite the hot shooting from Hannibal-LaGrange, the Lions would respond with impressive shooting of their own, as they out-shot the Trojans 10-6 in the final four minutes to take a 41-37 lead entering the break.

The Lions shot an impressive 52 percent from the field in the first half, led by Trevor Randolph who chipped in six points after going 2-for-6 from behind the arc. Sean Edwards led the Lions on the glass in the first frame, as he pulled down five rebounds.

The back and forth match-up would continue following the break, as the second half saw four lead changes before the game was decided. The Lions found success attacking the basket in the second half, as they reached their largest lead of the half at the 61-54 mark with 8:15 remaining in regulation.

However, Hannibal-LaGrange would not go down without a fight, as they erased the seven-point deficit with an 8-0 scoring run of their own to take a 62-61 lead with five minutes remaining in regulation.

Austin Dempsey; however, would not let the game slip away, as he chipped in four of FHU's nine points in the final five minutes to aid the Lions in securing the 70-67 victory, despite the relentless effort of the Hannibal-LaGrange defense.

With the win, the Lions improve to 15-6 on the season and 11-3 in conference play. The Trojans fall to 7-11 on the season and 4-10 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action Tuesday, January 31, as they host Crowley's Ridge College for their annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers match-up at the Brewer Sports Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM. Tuesday's game will be played in honor of Ryan Parnell, former Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at FHU, who recently lost his battle with cancer. All donations collected during the game will benefit the American Cancer Society of West Tennessee.