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Hornets fall at Faulkner

Concordia College couldn’t overcome Faulkner’s second half offensive onslaught, succumbing to a 89-68 defeat at the Tine Davis Gymnasium on Thursday.

The freshman-laden Concordia team didn’t have an answer in the second half for the inside play of Faulkner’s Randall Moore. Moore netted 19 points in the final 20 minutes, including seven-of-11 from the stripe.

“We gave a good effort, but it wasn’t enough,” said Concordia coach Derrick Hodges.

Concordia, coming off a 67-59 loss to West Alabama, was seeking its first win of the new year. But an 11-3 burst by the Eagles to open the second half gave the home team enough breathing room to hold off the Hornets’ comeback attempts.

Concordia began the game with a 3-pointer from Tuscaloosa freshman John Nixon, but trailed 14-7 after seven minutes of play. But Concordia answered with a 9-0 run to go up 16-14 after a Nixon breakaway lay up.

Faulkner responded by outscoring Concordia 25-17 to finish the half and take a 39-33 lead into the locker room. The Hornets’ bench scored 17 of their 33 first half points.

Concordia trailed by 16 after the first four minutes of the second stanza and couldn’t overcome the deficit. The Hornets, who shot a dismal 32 percent from the field for the game, got as close as 10 points with less than seven minutes remaining, but would get no closer.

Moore finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles. Junior Demetrius Fleetion and sophomore Zach Williams added 12 points apiece. Nixon chipped in 11, all in the