A non-nail biter, FMU declaws Mountain Lions 80-57

FLORENCE, SC – Junior forward Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan and freshman guard Detrek Browning tallied 24 and 23 points respectively as Francis Marion University ended a string of narrow Peach Belt Conference losses with an 80-57 win over Young Harris College, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 17) in men's basketball action.

Francis Marion improves to 9-8 overall and 1-7 in the Peach Belt, while the Mountain Lions drop to 5-9 and 2-6.  FMU will return to action on Monday at 3:30 p.m. with a road game at the University of North Georgia.

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FMU had lost its previous seven conference games by a combined total of 34 points.

Allen-Jordan also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to post his fifth double-double of the year, while the 6-2 Browning handed out a career-high nine assists, pulled down six rebounds, and blocked three shots.  Allen-Jordan was 12-of-17 from the floor, while Browning connected on 9-of-17 shots.

FMU freshman Mike Davis Jr. came off the Patriot bench to register 12 points and freshman center Judah Alexander added six points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore guard C.J. Wilson led Young Harris with 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, while guard Herdie Lawrence chipped in 11 points and forward Kevin Altidor 10.

Altidor scored the game's opening basket, but that would be the only time Francis Marion would trail on Saturday.  A fast-break lay-in by Browning gave the Patriots the lead for good at 6-4 and ignited a 15-5 spurt.

The Patriots closed the first half with an 8-2 spurt that expanded the margin to 43-28 at intermission.

The lead would stay in double figures for the remainder of the contest. Young Harris did close to within 49-39 after a three-pointer by Lawrence with 15:13 left, but Francis Marion responded with 10 consecutive points – eight points from Allen-Jordan and a thunderous dunk by Alexander.

The Patriots largest lead (28 points) came in the final two minutes at 80-52 after a three-pointer by Davis.

FMU shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 7-of-17 on three-point attempts, while making 7-of-10 free throws.  The Mountain Lions were held to 34.3 percent shooting, made only 8-of-34 shots from beyond the arc, and were 3-of-10 at the foul line.

Francis Marion held a commanding 51-29 rebounding advantage and the Patriots led 50-30 in points in the paint.

 

1-17-15 3:45 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 80, YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE 57
YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE (5-9 , 2-6 PBC)
C.J. Wilson 7-21 0-0 19; Herdie Lawrence 4-13 0-0 11; Kevin Altidor 5-8 0-3
10; Isaiah Johnson 3-11 1-2 7; Bjorn Walker 1-3 1-1 3; Sam Mike 1-3 1-2 3;
Ben Waterhouse 1-5 0-0 2; Alex Pack 1-1 0-0 2; Angus Howey 0-0 0-0 0; Clint
Coleman 0-0 0-0 0; J.B. Charles 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 23-67 3-10 57.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (9-8 , 1-7 PBC)
Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 12-17 0-1 24; Detrek Browning 9-17 4-4 23; Mike Davis
Jr. 4-5 1-2 12; Luka Zivkovic 3-8 0-0 8; Judah Alexander 3-4 0-1 6; Dustin
Jones 1-8 0-0 3; David Brown 0-1 2-2 2; A.J. Jackson 1-4 0-0 2; David Jerome
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-65 7-10 80.
Halftime: Francis Marion 43 Young Harris 28
3-point goals--Young Harris College 8-34 (C.J. Wilson 5-15; Herdie Lawrence
3-12; Isaiah Johnson 0-3; Ben Waterhouse 0-2; J.B. Charles 0-2), Francis
Marion University 7-17 (Mike Davis Jr. 3-3; Luka Zivkovic 2-4; Detrek
Browning 1-4; Dustin Jones 1-4; A.J. Jackson 0-2). Fouled out--Young Harris
College-Isaiah Johnson, Francis Marion University-None. Rebounds--Young
Harris College 29 (C.J. Wilson 7; Kevin Altidor 7), Francis Marion
University 51 (Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 13). Assists--Young Harris College 15
(C.J. Wilson 5), Francis Marion University 19 (Detrek Browning 9). Total
fouls--Young Harris College 11, Francis Marion University 9. Technical
fouls--Isaiah Johnson. A-932