ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Junior Detrek Browning and sophomore Brandon Parker combined for 51 points to lift Francis Marion University to an 86-81 Peach Belt Conference road win over Flagler College, Wednesday evening (Jan. 25) in men's basketball action.
FMU (7-11, 3-7) will travel to Greenwood on Saturday afternoon to battle long-time rival Lander University in a 3:30 p.m. tip-off. The next home game for the Patriots will be against UNC Pembroke on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. on McDonald's Night in the Smith University Center.
Browning led the Patriots with 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor. The 6-foot Columbia native also connected on 7-of-10 three-point attempts, only two shy of the school record for three-pointers made in a game. He also hauled down six rebounds and handed out four assists.
Parker equaled his career high of 22 points set last week. The Sumter native was a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line. FMU junior forward Judah Alexander added 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Cortlin Davis paced the Saints (8-9, 2-8) with 23 points, while Vaughn McCall scored 16.
The opening half featured opposing streaks by both squads that changed the lead on several occasions. A late three-pointer by Parker helped the Patriots secure a 41-39 halftime lead.
A jumper by Kenneth Jackson extended the FMU advantage to eight points (54-46) three-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza. Flagler gradually chipped away at the margin and took a 68-67 lead after a free throw by Chris Williams with 7:35 remaining.
A three-pointer by Browning and a lay-in by Parker put FMU back on top 72-68, but again the Saints rallied, this time knotting the score at 76-76 with 2:38 on the clock. A fast-break jump shot in the paint by Browning gave Francis Marion the lead for good at 78-76 and junior Warren Specht extended the lead to 80-76 with a pair of free throws.
Parker (4-4) and Browning (2-2) combined to go 6-for-6 at the free throw stripe in the final 16 seconds to seal the victory. Alexander also registered a key blocked shot in the final minute.
The Patriots held a commanding 45-26 rebounding advantage. Francis Marion connected on 48.3 percent of its field goal attempts, including 9-of-18 from behind the three-point arc, and was 19-of-24 at the charity stripe. Flagler shot 46.2 percent from the floor, was 11-of-28 from three-point distance, and hit 10-fo-16 free throw attempts.