FMU defense stymies Cougars for 69-64 overtime road win

FMU defense stymies Cougars for 69-64 overtime road win

COLUMBUS, GA – Francis Marion University held Columbus State University to only a pair of free throws in overtime, while the Patriots scored the final seven points of the game to grab a 69-64 victory, Monday afternoon (Jan. 15) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.

FMU (10-4, 7-2) ends its three-game road trip when the Patriots face Augusta University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Patriots will welcome Flagler University to the Smith University Center on Saturday (Jan. 20) with the tip-off set for 1:30 p.m.

The win was Francis Marion's first on the Cougars' home floor since Jan. 16, 2011. The FMU defense held Columbus State to 23.1 percent shooting, including 3-of-15 from behind the arc, while the Cougars did hit 25-of-34 free throws. 

Junior Shaunice Fulmore led Francis Marion with 22 points, while recording a career-high 13 rebounds.  Senior Khai Chandler followed with 19 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Tatyana McClaney recorded a career-high 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked three shots in her second career start.

Columbus State (8-5, 6-3) was led by Tatiana Wayne, Machala Raymonville, and Tatum Jarvis with 24, 14, and 13 points respectively.

The Cougars scored the first two points of the overtime on free throws, but FMU scored seven unanswered to capture the win.  Two free throws by senior Keanua Williams tied the game before Fulmore scored on a fast-break lay-in and sophomore guard Abigail Bullock followed with a steal and lay-up to put FMU up 68-64 with 30 ticks left. CSU missed all seven of its field goal attempts in the extra session.

Chandler scored six points in the first stanza, leading the Patriots to as much as a seven-point lead (16-9) at the 3:09 mark. The Cougars quickly closed the gap, as they scored five unanswered points to end the first period with a score of 16-14 in favor of the Patriots. There were seven lead changes in the second quarter, but CSU would keep the momentum and lead 33-28 heading into halftime.

After the Cougars scored the opening bucket of the third period to lead 35-28, Francis Marion scored 20 of the final 24 points in the quarter to assume a 48-39 advantage. Chandler recorded eight points, while Fulmore added seven during that stretch.

Williams hit a three-pointer at the 9:42 mark of the fourth stanza to put the Patriots up 51-39, but Columbus State stormed back with a 15-3 spurt to even the game at 54-54 with 4:51 remaining. After FMU went back on top 62-56, CSU again rallied and the Cougars tied the game at 62-62 on a jump shot in the paint by Chrisalyn Boston with 39 seconds left in regulation.  With five seconds remaining, Fulmore had a chance from the left wing to win the contest, but the ball bounced off the front iron forcing extra time.

Francis Marion shot 36 percent from the floor, was 5-of-18 from three-point range, and the Patriots hit 10-of-20 free throws.  Francis Marion outrebounded the Cougars 65-50 and held a 17-8 advantage in second-chance points and 19-6 edge in fast-break points.

 

1-15-18 1:30 PM at Columbus, Ga...Lumpkin Center
FRANCIS MARION 69, COLUMBUS STATE 64  OT
FRANCIS MARION (10-4, 7-2 PBC)
Shaunice Fulmore 8-22 3-4 22; Khai Chandler 7-18 4-9 19; Tatyana McClaney
6-7 1-4 13; Keanua Williams 2-12 2-2 7; Abigail Bullock 3-14 0-1 6; Kristin
Tines 1-2 0-0 2; Khamele Manning 0-0 0-0 0; Briana White 0-0 0-0 0; Lauryn
Bush 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-75 10-20 69.
COLUMBUS STATE (8-5, 6-3 PBC)
Tatiana Wayne 9-25 4-5 24; Machala Raymonville 3-13 7-11 14; Tatum Jarvis
1-8 11-12 13; Eboni Williams 1-6 2-2 4; Zoi Thompson 2-6 0-0 4; Chrisalyn
Boston 1-5 1-4 3; Jasmine Herndon 1-6 0-0 2; Kaihla Carter 0-2 0-0 0;
Kristian Carter 0-1 0-0 0; Jillah Moede 0-0 0-0 0; Sabria Cotton 0-2 0-0 0;
Toxiana Wilson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 18-78 25-34 64.
Francis Marion................   16   12   20   14    7  -   69
Columbus State................   14   19    6   23    2  -   64
3-point goals--Francis Marion 5-18 (Shaunice Fulmore 3-7; Khai Chandler 1-5;
Keanua Williams 1-2; Abigail Bullock 0-4), Columbus State 3-15 (Tatiana
Wayne 2-6; Machala Raymonville 1-4; Kaihla Carter 0-1; Sabria Cotton 0-1;
Tatum Jarvis 0-3). Fouled out--Francis Marion-Tatyana McClaney; Kristin
Tines, Columbus State-Tatiana Wayne. Rebounds--Francis Marion 65 (Shaunice
Fulmore 13), Columbus State 50 (Tatum Jarvis 7). Assists--Francis Marion 13
(Keanua Williams 5), Columbus State 7 (Jasmine Herndon 2). Total
fouls--Francis Marion 24, Columbus State 21. Technical fouls--None. A-482