Flames Rally For 73-71 Overtime Win At Freed-Hardeman Tuesday

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Corey Billingsley takes he ball to the hoop for Lee in Tuesday's overtime thriller at Freed-Hardeman.
Corey Billingsley takes he ball to the hoop for Lee in Tuesday's overtime thriller at Freed-Hardeman.
- photo by Lee Unversity
HENDERSON, Tenn.- Playing in their first overtime game of the season the Lee men's basketball team rallied from behind to defeat Freed-Hardeman University 73-71 Tuesday evening. 


After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half the Flames battled back to send the contest into overtime on a 3-pointer by junior Chase Dunn with just five seconds remaining in regulation.

 Lee used an 8-1 run to begin the overtime period and clutch foul shots down the stretch to escape with the two-point victory.  

Coach Tommy Brown discussed the game-tying basket at the end of regulation, "We tried running that play several times in the game, but fortunately we ran it right at the end. Pat (Shaughnessy) set a great screen, Duran (Blue) made the right read and Chase (Dunn) is the guy you want shooting that shot with the game on the line."

The victory moves the No. 2  ranked Lee Flames to 20-1 on the year. With the loss the Lions fall to 9-14.

Lee jumped out to an early advantage in the contest but struggled with the Lions' zone defense allowing FHU to go on a 15-0 run to close out the first half of play with a four point advantage.

"We saw a lot of zone for the first time this year and offensively we were really passive. They (Freed-Hardeman) are always very well prepared and tough as nails." noted Brown. "We knew they weren't going to back down."

Jamorris Gaines led the way for the Flames with 25 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Will Barnes added 17 points and six rebounds. Dunn tallied 10 markers, going a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the extra period. 

"Jamorris (Gaines) is a talented fellow. He's got a different level and gear he can go to on the court that most players can't." added Brown.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball. Lee went 23-of-63 (36 percent) from the field and hit 6-of-22 (27 percent) from the 3-point line. FHU shot 34 percent (20-of-59) from the field, going 7-of-19 from behind the arc, good for 37 percent. The Lions won the battle of the glass, outrebounding the Flames 41-35.

Lee's defensive pressure forced Freed-Hardeman into 20 floor mistakes. The Flames were guilty of just nine turnovers compared with 10 assists.  

"Keymon (Woods) used his athleticism for us in the second half to force some turnovers" said Brown. "Our pressure was huge in getting us back in the game."

Ben Meis led the way for the Lions. Meis finished with 22 points, hitting 6-of-10 from behind the arc.  Reginald Gilmore added 19 markers and seven rebounds for the host club.

The Flames will have a few days off after the tough battle with Freed-Hardeman. Lee will be back in action Saturday evening at Walker Arena when Carver Baptist College comes calling. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.



Signal Mountain To Hold Public Meetings On Idea Of Setting Up Own School System

Discussion about follow-up public meetings regarding the Signal Mountain School System Viability Committee (SMSSVC) report dominated the council’s work session on Friday afternoon. Council member Dan Landrum’s opinion about how to proceed differed from the other four council members. Mr. Landrum argued to end the study and to hold no public meetings. His reason was that of the 738 ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Arrested

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, was located and was in custody as of 3:25 p.m. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Bill Pennington, a sports writer for the New York Times, was lamenting the “huddle” is slowly disappearing in football due to the faster pace of the game and, during his search for more information, he called former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. Bill wrote that Joe couldn’t stop laughing about the funny things that would happen between plays. Joe told this story: ... (click for more)