Allen-Jordan drives Patriots past Bruins 85-59

FLORENCE, SC – Junior 6-6 center Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan posted career-high totals of 32 points and 12 rebounds to power Francis Marion University to its sixth straight win, an 85-59 decision over visiting Piedmont International University, Monday evening (Dec. 1) in non-conference men's basketball action.

The winning streak, longest since the 2009-10 campaign, pushed the Patriots' record to 6-1.  FMU will now take a break for exams before returning to the court on Dec. 15 for a home contest against Columbia International University.

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Allen-Jordan tallied 25 of his points on 10-of-12 shooting in the first half and looked to possibly threaten the school's single-game scoring record of 40 points set by Hank Foster in 1984.  Allen-Jordan finished the night 12-of-18 from the field and 8-of-11 at the foul line.  He also blocked three shots, while playing only 27 minutes.

Junior forward David Jerome also registered a career-high for points with 16 on 7-of-10 shooting, while recording six steals, five rebounds, and five assists.  Freshman swingman Mike Davis Jr. added 12 points and four assists.

Freshman Malik Milton came off the PIU bench to score a team-high 15 points, while Carl Tyson added 11 points.  The Bruins drop to 3-6 with their sixth consecutive defeat.

The Patriots trailed only once, at 3-2, and quickly opened a double-figure lead. The margin gradually grew to 23 points (51-28) before the Patriots went to the locker room at halftime owning a 53-32 advantage.  FMU shot a sizzling 60.6 percent in the opening half and missed only two of 13 free throws.

Francis Marion's lead expanded to 63-36 on a layup by freshman Jay Alexander at the 16:19 mark of the second stanza. As the Patriot shooting cooled off, Piedmont International slowly chipped away at the big lead.  A three-pointer by Milton brought the Bruins to within 68-51 with 9:28 remaining.

FMU responded with a 17-8 run to close the game.  The Patriots' largest lead was 30 points, 85-55, following an offensive stick-back by freshman point guard Detrek Browning.

Francis Marion forced 31 PIU turnovers and converted those miscues into 36 points. The Patriots outrebounded the Bruins 37-27, held a 23-11 edge in second-chance points, and owned a 50-22 advantage in points-in-the-paint.

The Patriots finished the game shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 19-of-24 at the free throw line.  PIU connected on 44.2 percent of its shots, was 7-of-20 from beyond the three-point arc, and hit 6-of-8 charity tosses.

 

12-1-14 8 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 85, PIEDMONT INT'L UNIV. 59
PIEDMONT INT'L UNIV. (3-6)
MILTON, Malik 6-10 2-2 15; TYSON, Carl 3-11 3-4 11; HEWITT, Nathan 4-8 1-2
9; WORLES, Timothy 2-7 0-0 6; VALENTINE, Justin 2-3 0-0 5; TAYLOR, Stewart
2-2 0-0 4; BLOUNT, Garrion 2-4 0-0 4; FLYNT, Robah 1-2 0-0 3; HUNTLEY,
Devonte 1-1 0-0 2; POOLE, Tanner 0-0 0-0 0; BYRD, Kaylin 0-2 0-0 0; SUMMERS,
Javon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 6-8 59.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (6-1)
Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 12-18 8-11 32; David Jerome 7-10 2-3 16; Mike Davis Jr.
3-9 4-4 12; Jay Alexander 3-7 1-2 7; Detrek Browning 3-8 0-0 7; Trevonte
Dixon 1-5 2-2 5; David Brown 1-2 0-0 2; Luka Zivkovic 0-1 2-2 2; A.J.
Jackson 1-7 0-0 2; Alex Bryant 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-67 19-24 85.
Halftime: Francis Marion 53 Piedmont Int'l 32
3-point goals--Piedmont Int'l Univ. 7-20 (WORLES, Timothy 2-6; TYSON, Carl
2-8; MILTON, Malik 1-2; FLYNT, Robah 1-1; VALENTINE, Justin 1-1; BYRD,
Kaylin 0-1; SUMMERS, Javon 0-1), Francis Marion University 4-19 (Mike Davis
Jr. 2-6; Trevonte Dixon 1-3; Detrek Browning 1-3; David Brown 0-1; Luka
Zivkovic 0-1; A.J. Jackson 0-5). Fouled out--Piedmont Int'l Univ.-None,
Francis Marion University-None. Rebounds--Piedmont Int'l Univ. 27 (HEWITT,
Nathan 7), Francis Marion University 37 (Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 12).
Assists--Piedmont Int'l Univ. 17 (TYSON, Carl 3; HUNTLEY, Devonte 3),
Francis Marion University 17 (David Jerome 5). Total fouls--Piedmont Int'l
Univ. 18, Francis Marion University 14. Technical fouls--None. A-829