Game-ending run carries FMU Men by Flagler 72-59

Game-ending run carries FMU Men by Flagler 72-59

FLORENCE, SC – Trailing by one point with 3:30 remaining, Francis Marion University closed Saturday's (Feb. 11) Homecoming contest with Flagler College with a 16-2 run to grab a 72-59 win in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

Francis Marion (9-15, 5-11) moves into a tie for fifth place with Armstrong State University in the PBC's East Division standings two-and-a-half  games behind fourth-place Lander University.  FMU will play host to Claflin University on Monday night at 7 p.m.

For the second game in a row, sophomore guard Brandon Parker led the Patriots, this time with 18 points, 15 of which came in the final nine minutes.  Junior guard Detrek Browning scored 14 points and moved to within four points of sixth place on the FMU career scoring list.

FMU junior forward Judah Alexander registered his sixth double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while reserve guard Josh Council added 10 points, four steals, and three assists.

Sophomore forward Jeffercy Jean was the lone Saints player in double figures as he scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.  Flagler falls to 9-14 and 3-13.

Francis Marion led by as many as seven points on two occasions in the opening half, the latter time at 22-15.  However, FMU connected on only one field goal over the final 9:40 and Flagler rallied to take a 28-26 halftime lead.

Five consecutive points by the Saints to start the second stanza upped the margin to 33-26.  The advantage would grow to nine points at 39-30, and with 6:57 left, FMU still trailed 53-46.  Eight straight points by Parker over the next 1:10 gave the Patriots their first lead of the half at 54-53.

A dunk by Chris Williams put Flagler up 57-56 with 4:42 on the clock, but Francis Marion answered with five straight points to go ahead 61-57.  After a pair of free throws by Jean cut the margin to 61-59, FMU scored the final 11 points capped by a fast-break dunk by Alexander that electrified the Homecoming crowd of 1,319.

FMU shot 62.1 percent in the second half to aide in the rally.  The Patriots held Flagler to 0-of-7 shooting over the final 4:30.

For the game, Francis Marion connected on 43.3 percent of its field goal attempts, including 5-of-20 three-point shots, and was 15-of-19 at the foul line.  Flagler shot 36.4 percent, was 6-of-28 from behind the arc, and hit 5-of-8 free throw tries.

 

2/11/17 3:45 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 72, FLAGLER COLLEGE 59
FLAGLER COLLEGE (9-14, 3-13 PBC)
Jeffercy Jean 8-11 4-5 21; Arnas Dautartas 3-4 0-0 9; Cortlin Davis 4-15 0-0
8; Vaughn McCall 3-16 1-2 8; Chris Williams 3-6 0-1 6; Austin Howard 2-5 0-0
4; Ben Bobbitt 1-6 0-0 3; Kessler Bell 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 5-8 59.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (9-15 , 5-11 PBC)
Brandon Parker 6-15 5-6 18; Detrek Browning 4-11 5-5 14; Judah Alexander
4-10 5-6 13; Josh Council 4-6 0-2 10; Kenneth Jackson 4-6 0-0 8; Daniel
Bridges 1-6 0-0 3; Samson Nnaji 1-1 0-0 2; Jaquez Smith 1-2 0-0 2; Nigel
Holley 1-2 0-0 2; Douglas Dwight 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 15-19 72.
Halftime: Flagler 28 Francis Marion 26
3-point goals--Flagler College 6-28 (Arnas Dautartas 3-4; Ben Bobbitt 1-6;
Vaughn McCall 1-8; Jeffercy Jean 1-2; Kessler Bell 0-2; Austin Howard 0-3;
Cortlin Davis 0-3), Francis Marion University 5-20 (Josh Council 2-2;
Brandon Parker 1-4; Daniel Bridges 1-5; Detrek Browning 1-5; Jaquez Smith
0-1; Douglas Dwight 0-1; Kenneth Jackson 0-1; Judah Alexander 0-1). Fouled
out--Flagler College-None, Francis Marion University-None. Rebounds--Flagler
College 37 (Chris Williams 14), Francis Marion University 39 (Judah
Alexander 10). Assists--Flagler College 16 (Vaughn McCall 4), Francis Marion
University 13 (Detrek Browning 5). Total fouls--Flagler College 16, Francis
Marion University 13. Technical fouls--None. A-1319
Charges Drawn: McCall, Bridges, Bell, Alexander