December 16, 2013

Pacers jockey past Patriots 85-67

AIKEN, SC – Despite a career-high 24 points and a career-high equaling nine rebounds from sophomore forward Mykel Harris, Francis Marion University dropped an 85-67 road decision to USC Aiken, Monday night (Dec. 16) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

The Patriots drop to 0-2 in the PBC and see their overall mark evened at 3-3.  USCA, the pre-season conference favorite, improves to 9-2 and 2-0.

FMU will travel to Melbourne, Fla., this weekend to play in the Florida Tech Classic.  The Patriots will face LeMoyne-Owen College on Friday at 5 p.m. and North Greenville University on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Harris connected on 7-of-13 field goal attempts, including both of his three-point tries, and was 8-of-10 at the free throw line.  Graduate student Evrik Gary tallied 16 points and in the process moved past former Patriot All-American, FMU Hall of Fame member, and current Florence-area physician Dr. Robert Moore and into 11th position on the school's career scoring list with 1,339 points.

Harris, Gary, and junior point guard David Brown all fouled out.  Both 6-10 junior center Clark Major and junior swingman Dustin Jones chipped in eight points apiece.

DeVonte Wright and Ronald Zimmerman led USCA with 22 points apiece.

The Pacers scored the game's opening six points, but Gary responded with a 7-0 run of his own to give the Patriots their first lead.  A three-pointer by senior forward Robert Carpenter put FMU ahead 15-14 with 12:14 left in the half.

USCA took the lead for good with a 13-4 spurt and the margin eventually reached double digits, 32-22, with 7:20 remaining before halftime.  The Patriots closed to within 35-31 following two free throws by junior forward Trevonte Dixon, but the Pacers carried a 42-36 advantage into the locker room at intermission.

USCA scored seven points over the opening 1:12 of the second stanza to stretch its advantage to 49-36.  FMU closed the deficit to eight points, 61-53, after a bucket by Major near the midway point of the second half.  However, USCA answered with an 18-6 run that expanded the lead to 20 points with 4:13 left.

The closest Francis Marion would get after that point was 80-67, thanks to a Gary three-pointer at the 2:30 mark.

USCA shot 54.2 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes, while holding the Patriots to 29.4 percent.

For the game, FMU shot 33.9 percent from the field, including 7-of-25 from beyond the three-point arc, and 20-of-27 at the charity stripe.  The Patriots held a 23-8 advantage in second-chance points.

 

12-16-13 7:48 p.m. at Aiken, S.C.
USC Aiken 85, Francis Marion 67
 
FMU (3-3, 0-2)
Mykel Harris 7-13 8-10 24; Evrik Gary 4-8 6-7 16; Dustin Jones 3-7 1-3 8;
Clark Major 4-11 0-2 8; Robert Carpenter 2-11 0-0 6; David Brown 0-1 3-3 3;
Trevonte Dixon 0-5 2-2 2; Alex Bryant 0-0 0-0 0; Sam Caron 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler
Deihl 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-59 20-27 67.
USCA (9-2, 2-0)
Ronald Zimmerman 4-7 10-12 22; DeVontae Wright 7-12 5-6 22; Paul Larsen 5-6
3-3 13; Shane Porchea 3-5 4-9 10; Santoine Butler 4-7 0-2 9; Rick Alderman
2-2 3-4 7; Alvin Brown 1-2 0-0 2; Grant Harris 0-3 0-0 0; Derrick Scott 0-1
0-0 0; Hendrix Emu 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 25-36 85.
Halftime: USCA 42 FMU 36
3-point goals--FMU 7-25 (Robert Carpenter 2-8; Evrik Gary 2-4; Mykel Harris
2-2; Dustin Jones 1-5; Tyler Deihl 0-3; Trevonte Dixon 0-3), USCA 8-20
(Ronald Zimmerman 4-7; DeVontae Wright 3-5; Santoine Butler 1-4; Grant
Harris 0-2; Derrick Scott 0-1; Shane Porchea 0-1). Fouled out--FMU-Mykel
Harris; David Brown; Evrik Gary, USCA-None. Rebounds--FMU 35 (Mykel Harris
9), USCA 37 (Paul Larsen 11). Assists--FMU 7 (Tyler Deihl 2; David Brown 2),
USCA 17 (DeVontae Wright 5; Shane Porchea 5). Total fouls--FMU 30, USCA 24.
Technical fouls--FMU-TEAM. A-1464