FLORENCE, SC – Junior point guard Detrek Browning scored 26 points, including five in overtime, and sophomore swingman Brandon Parker added a career-high 23 as Francis Marion University outlasted Claflin University 84-78, Monday night (Feb. 13) in non-conference men's basketball action.
FMU improves to 10-15 with its second straight win. The Patriots will play their final home game on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., a key PBC contest against Lander University. Francis Marion will recognize its three seniors prior to tip-off and it will also be Faculty Appreciation Night.
Browning scored 20 of his points after halftime. He ended the night shooting 6-of-9 from the floor, including a near-perfect 5-of-6 from behind the three-point arc, and was 9-of-10 at the foul line. Early in the contest, he passed former Patriot great Jerry Lattimore to move into sixth place on the FMU career scoring list with 1,556 points.
Parker notched his fourth 20-point game in the last 10 contests after never having reached that plateau before in his career. He was 11-of-12 at the free throw stripe.
Guard Triston Thompson led Claflin (15-7) with 14 points, while Benjamin Williams chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.
The second half featured nine ties and neither team led by more than four points. Parker made the second of a two-shot free throw opportunity with 8.2 seconds left to knot the game at 75-75 and force overtime. Claflin missed on a potential game-winning three-point shot with three seconds remaining.
The Patriots opened the extra session with a one-point lead thanks to a technical foul shot by Browning, the result of a call again the Claflin bench after regulation ended. A lay-in by senior reserve center Samson Nnaji extended the margin to 78-75 with 3:10 on the clock.
With Francis Marion holding an 80-78 advantage entering the final minute, Claflin's Thompson missed on a lay-in with six ticks left and FMU's Judah Alexander grabbed the defensive rebound. The ball was passed to Browning who was fouled, and following another technical on the Panthers, Browning nailed four free throws to seal the win.
Clafin scored the game's opening seven points and led 11-2 after five minutes. FMU responded with eight straight points, but would not take the lead until a Browning three-pointer put the Patriots up 22-19. A three-pointer by Thompson at the first-half horn snapped a tie and gave the Panthers a 35-32 halftime lead.
Francis Marion connected on 39.3 percent of its field goal attempts, including 11-of-22 from three-point territory, while the Panthers shot 39.1 percent and were 6-of-20 from beyond the arc. FMU was 29-of-39 at the free throw line, while Claflin hit 22-of-29.
2/13/17 7 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center) FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 84, CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY 78 CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY (15-7) Triston Thompson 4-9 5-6 14; Benjamin Williams 3-6 5-6 11; Austin Lawton 4-7 1-2 9; Albert Miller 3-13 0-0 9; De'shon Nails 3-9 0-1 6; Ryan McNeill-Moses 1-3 4-6 6; Jordan Jones 2-3 0-0 5; Trevor Dantzler 1-5 2-3 5; Tyler Thompson 2-3 1-1 5; Tondric Johnson 0-1 4-4 4; Jaleel Charles 2-3 0-0 4; Timothy Christian II 0-1 0-0 0; DeVante' Anderson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 22-29 78. FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (10-15) Detrek Browning 6-9 9-10 26; Brandon Parker 5-11 11-12 23; Kenneth Jackson 3-8 2-3 11; Josh Council 3-7 4-4 11; Samson Nnaji 4-7 0-0 8; Nigel Holley 1-2 1-2 3; Judah Alexander 0-7 1-6 1; Daniel Bridges 0-2 1-2 1; John Jenkins 0-3 0-0 0; Jaquez Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 29-39 84. Halftime: Claflin 35 Francis Marion 32. Regulation: 75-75. 3-point goals--Claflin University 6-20 (Albert Miller 3-9; Jordan Jones 1-2; Triston Thompson 1-1; Trevor Dantzler 1-4; Ryan McNeill-Moses 0-1; Tondric Johnson 0-1; Timothy Christian II 0-1; Benjamin Williams 0-1), Francis Marion University 11-22 (Detrek Browning 5-6; Kenneth Jackson 3-7; Brandon Parker 2-4; Josh Council 1-4; Daniel Bridges 0-1). Fouled out--Claflin University-Jaleel Charles; Ryan McNeill-Moses, Francis Marion University-Daniel Bridges; Samson Nnaji. Rebounds--Claflin University 38 (Austin Lawton 7), Francis Marion University 40 (Kenneth Jackson 9). Assists--Claflin University 18 (Ryan McNeill-Moses 3; Triston Thompson 3; Tondric Johnson 3), Francis Marion University 17 (Josh Council 3; Daniel Bridges 3). Total fouls--Claflin 27, Francis Marion 22. Technical fouls--Ryan McNeill-Moses; Triston Thompson; Claflin bench, Daniel Bridges. A-887 Charges Drawn: Nnaji 2