UNA continues hot shooting against Concordia

The UNA men’s basketball team used 16 three pointers to put away Concordia 106-75 at home Tuesday night behind four different players reaching double digits in scoring.

Beaumont Beasley led the charge for the Lions, with 26 points on 6-6 shooting from beyond the arc, while Theron Jenkins added 16 points. Wes Long and Tyler Richardson each had 11 points to round out the double-digit scoring. The Lions (11-7, 3-3) have won two straight games with hopes to continue the hot streak against UAH Saturday.

“We have been lucky to make some shots, and we have been playing harder,” Beasley said. “We have been focusing in on the defense as well, and we need to continue that-no question.”

The Lions started the game where they left off against Delta State, with threes from the get go, making four three-point baskets within the first four minutes. Beasley’s night started when his first three buckets were from behind the arc, as the Lions took a 26-11 lead with 12:36 left in the half. The Lions never let the Hornets gain any ground, as they got to the half with a 56-33 lead.

UNA made 11 three pointers on 58 percent shooting in the first half behind Beasley’s 19 points, and 11 different players saw the floor. With the contribution, it allowed the Lions to build more depth, as UNA hit the halfway point of the schedule. The UNA defense was also in full swing, committing 12 turnovers.

“We came out shooting the ball so well in the first half, and we could beat anytime by how well we were shooting,” said UNA coach Bobby Champagne. “I told(Beasley) the other day in practice that the team feeds off him, and if he is in the right frame of mind they are going to feed off of him and take his lead. It’s going to be important on Saturday that he has that same kind of focus.”

The Lions started the second half with the same shooting, as the Lions got up as many as 41 against the Hornets. UNA was clicking all night, as it seemed every bucket would find the net. The Lions never looked back in the second half, as they went on to win the non-conference game 106-75.

“That team has good players because they had a guy go for 32 tonight,” Beasley said. “We knew that, but we felt if we play defense like we can then we wouldn’t have a problem with them, and we did that tonight.”

The Lions will go into Saturday’s showdown against UAH with a new identity with two straight wins and the shooting from behind the arc back in their game. With the momentum that has been gained, the Lions are hoping it can continue against the 15th ranked team in the country: UAH. UAH is one of the hottest teams in the conference after defeating 11th ranked Christian Brothers.