Hansbrough Brothers Too Much for Lafayette

Luckily for Lafayette, there weren't any other Hansbroughs in Poplar Bluff's lineup.
Saturday, March 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:31 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tyler and Ben Hansbrough led Poplar Bluff to a 72-57 victory against Lafayette on Friday in the Class 5 state semifinals at Hearnes Center.

The Mules (24-6), winners of its past 15, play Blue Springs in the Class 5 state championship tonight at 8:05 p.m.

The siblings, who are a study in contrasts, combined to score 38 points.

Tyler, a 6-foot-9 junior post player, appeared to be unstoppable at certain junctures. Relying more on force than finesse, he muscled his way inside for a number of easy layups. Tyler asserted his dominance early, for he had two rim-rattling dunks in the first five minutes. He finished with a 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.

The younger Hansbrough, Ben, provided the finesse his brother lacked. Playing primarily around the perimeter, he made three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. His accuracy extended to the free-throw line, for he made 5-of-6.

As a team, Poplar Bluff shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Lafayette (27-4), who trailed 33-15 midway through the second quarter, cut the lead to 40-35 after a Landon Shipley 3-pointer. The Lancers never got any closer though, for Poplar Bluff's Brad Chronister responded with a 3-pointer. After Chronister's basket, Lafayette went 6:34 without a field goal. During that span, Poplar Bluff outscored the Lancers 13-5 and led 52-40 at the end of the third quarter.

The Mules led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter, but quickly jumped out to a 33-13 lead with 5:48 remaining in the second quarter courtesy of four consecutive 3-pointers.

Lafayette's Matt Lawrence led all scorers with 24 points.

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