PEMBROKE, NC – A 14-0 run early in the second half proved decisive as UNC Pembroke defeated Francis Marion University 89-65, Wednesday night (Feb. 22) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.
Francis Marion ends its season with an 11-17 overall record and in a tie for fifth place in the PBC's East Division standings with a 6-13 mark.
Junior guard Detrek Browning led FMU with 21 points and four assists. The Columbia native connected on 7-of-13 shots, including 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc, and was 2-of-2 at the foul line. In the process, he passed former Patriot great Allen Floyd to move into fourth place on the FMU career scoring list with 1,619 points.
Patriot senior center Kenneth Jackson, a native of Mullins, S.C. – the same hometown as Floyd – chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds, while hitting 6-of-11 field goal attempts.
Alex Bradley led UNCP (21-7, 14-5) with a perfect shooting night. He tallied 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor, all three-point attempts, and 4-of-4 at the free throw stripe. Quamain Rose added 18 points. The Braves finish in a tie for the division crown with Augusta University.
Francis Marion led by as many as six points in the opening half, at 33-27 after a lay-in by Jackson with 5:49 left in the first half. The Patriot lead was five (36-31) after a three-pointer by Browning with 3:21 on the clock, but the Braves closed the stanza on a 10-2 spurt to take a 41-38 advantage at intermission.
A layup by FMU junior Judah Alexander kept the margin at three, 47-44, with 16:36 remaining in the game. However, UNCP scored the game's next 14 points to assume a 61-44 lead and the margin would never dip under double figures again.
The Patriots closed to within 12 points on several occasions and trailed by 13 at 69-56 with 5:03 left, but the Braves registered a 12-5 run to push the margin to 20 points with 1:57 remaining.
Francis Marion connected on 40.7 percent of its field goal attempts, including 11-of-27 three-point attempts, and was 6-of-9 at the charity stripe. UNCP shot 46.7 percent, was 9-of-22 from long range, and drained 10-of-14 free throws.