For a record-setting fourth consecutive week, sixth time this season, and ninth time in his career, Francis Marion University senior guard Detrek Browning has been named the Peach Belt Conference men's basketball Player of the Week, this time for the week of Jan. 28-Feb.4.
The Columbia, S.C., native and Irmo High School product, continued his torrid assault by averaging 32.0 points per game in two outings last week. He began with 36 points on 13-for-24 shooting in an overtime win over USC Aiken, and then registered 28 points on 7-for-13 shooting in a loss at Clayton State University.
In the two games, he shot 54.1 percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from behind the three-point arc (52.9%), and hit 15-of-17 free throws (.882). He also averaged 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game while playing 80 of a possible 85 minutes.
He is averaging 29.3 ppg in his last nine games. For the season, he leads the PBC and is now fourth in NCAA Division II with 25.7 points per game. His 2,135 career points, already an FMU school record, is just 171 shy of second-most in PBC history and 198 away from the all-time conference record.
His point total also ranks fourth among active Division II players and sixth among all active NCAA players (all divisions).
The Patriot men (13-7 overall, 8-7 in PBC play) enter a key week of PBC play. Currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings, FMU will play at Lander University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., before hosting the University of North Georgia for Homecoming on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The top four teams in the final regular-season standings host first-round PBC Tournament games. North Georgia is the team tied with Francis Marion for fourth place.