Patriot Men fall to Braves in season finale

Patriot Men fall to Braves in season finale

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.

Jackson was one of three Patriots playing their final game in the red, white, and blue; joining center Nigel Holley and forward Samson Nnaji.

 

 
2/22/17 7:30 p.m. at Pembroke, N.C./Lumbee Bank Court
UNC PEMBROKE 89, FRANCIS MARION 65
FRANCIS MARION (11-17, 6-13 PBC)
Detrek Browning 7-13 2-2 21; Kenneth Jackson 6-11 2-4 16; Judah Alexander
4-8 0-0 8; Brandon Parker 3-8 1-1 8; Douglas Dwight 2-4 0-0 6; Warren Specht
1-5 0-0 3; Nigel Holley 1-5 0-0 2; Daniel Bridges 0-2 1-2 1; John Jenkins
0-0 0-0 0; Josh Council 0-1 0-0 0; Samson Nnaji 0-0 0-0 0; Jaquez Smith 0-2
0-0 0. Totals 24-59 6-9 65.
UNC PEMBROKE (21-7, 14-5 PBC)
Alex Bradley 5-5 4-4 19; Quamain Rose 8-17 0-0 18; Nigel Grant 6-11 2-3 15;
Brandon Watts 5-10 2-4 12; Akia Pruitt 4-9 0-0 9; Carson Mounce 4-9 0-0 8;
James Murray-Boyles 2-8 1-1 5; Micah Kinsey 1-4 0-0 2; Jeff McIlwain 0-0 1-2
1; Bryson Hall 0-0 0-0 0; Mike Smith 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-75 10-14 89.
Halftime: UNCP 41 Francis Marion 38
3-point goals--Francis Marion 11-27 (Detrek Browning 5-9; Douglas Dwight
2-4; Kenneth Jackson 2-4; Brandon Parker 1-4; Warren Specht 1-3; Josh
Council 0-1; Daniel Bridges 0-1; Nigel Holley 0-1), UNC Pembroke 9-22 (Alex
Bradley 5-5; Quamain Rose 2-8; Nigel Grant 1-1; Akia Pruitt 1-1; Mike Smith
0-2; James Murray-Boyles 0-3; Brandon Watts 0-2). Fouled out--Francis
Marion-None, UNC Pembroke-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 30 (Judah Alexander
7; Kenneth Jackson 7), UNC Pembroke 46 (Akia Pruitt 12). Assists--Francis
Marion 14 (Detrek Browning 4), UNC Pembroke 18 (Quamain Rose 5). Total
fouls--Francis Marion 15, UNC Pembroke 12. Technical fouls—UNCP bench. A-2342