Lions end regular season with authority; down Spartans 87-68
"Austin Dempsey chipped in 15 points in the victory"
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Lions end regular season with authority; down Spartans 87-68

Sat, Feb. 25, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team found some fire in their shot Saturday and it couldn't have come at a better time, as they ended the regular season with an 87-68 victory over Missouri Baptist University at the Brewer Sports Center. FHU Lion Head Coach Jim Sanderson also reached a career milestone, as Saturday marked his 500th career win.

Austin Dempsey and Grant Teichmann paced the Lions on the offensive end, as each put up 15 points in the match-up. Both players caught fire from behind the arc, as Teichmann went 4-for-6 from three-point range while Dempsey went 2-for-4.

Marcus Baldwin also reached double digits in the match-up with 12 points while also leading the Lions on the glass with six rebounds. Fitzgerald Hopkins rounded out the scoring for FHU, as he also reached double figures with 10 points. 

The Lions (19-11, 14-8 AMC) shot an impressive 48 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc compared to Missouri Baptist (16-14, 10-12 AMC) who shot just 39 percent from the field and behind the arc in the loss.

Will Harrington led the Spartans on the offensive end with 16 points while Luke Call followed close behind with 14 points. Johnny Benson led Missouri Baptist on the glass, as he pulled down nine rebounds in the loss.

The match-up was tight from the beginning, as the first half saw three ties and six lead changes in the back and forth battle. The Lions were able to find some separation at the 38-32 mark with 1:25 remaining in the first half before the Spartans out-shot FHU 5-1 to pull within one at the 39-38 mark entering the break.

However, despite ending the half slow, the Lions more than made up for it to begin the second half, as they out-shot the Spartans 26-13 in the opening 10 minutes to take a 65-51 lead with 9:23 remaining in regulation. From there, the Lions continued to extend their lead to as many as 19, as they cruised to an 87-68 victory.

With the win, the Lions improve to 19-11 on the season and 14-8 in conference play. Missouri Baptist falls to 116-14 on the season and 10-12 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lions begin American Midwest Conference tournament play Thursday, March 2nd. More details regarding FHU's first round match-up and bracket seeding will be provided as the information becomes available.

SENIOR DAY

Prior to Saturday's game, the Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team honored Stephen Shell on Senior Day for his contributions to the team the past four seasons. For his career, Shell has averaged three points and two rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

AROUND THE AMC

Central Baptist def. Lindenwood-Belleville (90-76)

Park def. Hannibal-LaGrange (98-88)

Harris Stowe State def. Lyon College (60-58)

William Woods def. Columbia (65-57)