Lions fall on the road to Park University 92-69
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Lions fall on the road to Park University 92-69

Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team fell behind early and struggled to recover Saturday, as they fell 92-69 to Park University on the road in Parkville, Mo.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 16-7 on the season and 11-4 in conference play. Park University improves to 15-5 on the season and 12-4 in AMC play with the win.

The Lions (16-7, 11-4 AMC) struggled to recover from a slow start, as they shot just 38 percent from the field in the game compared to Park University (15-5, 12-4 AMC) who could not miss, shooting 60 percent from the field and 63 percent from behind the arc.

Despite the loss, the Lions received solid contribution from Spencer Garner and Fitzgerald Hopkins, who led the Lions on the offensive end with 16 points each. Grant Teichmann followed close behind with 14 points of his own while shooting a 50 percent clip from the field.

The Pirates dominated the offensive possession in the match-up, as four players reached double digits, led by Xavielle Brown who ended the day with 33 points. Noel Surles also contributed on the offensive end with 14 points while BJ Watson chipped in 13. Zach Rutland rounded out the scoring for the Pirates with 11 points after going 3-for-4 from behind the arc.

Park University would start the game hot and dominate the first half entering the break with a 27 point advantage at the 52-25 mark. The Pirates would leave little room for an FHU comeback, as they began the second half with a 9-0 scoring run to extend their lead to 36 to give them enough cushion to take down FHU with a final score of 92-69.
 
UP NEXT: The Lions continue their road schedule Thursday, February 9th, as they make the trip to Walnut Ridge, Ark. to face Williams Baptist College. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 5:30 PM followed by the men's game at 7:30 PM.