Nighthawks clip Patriot Men in final minute

Nighthawks clip Patriot Men in final minute

DAHLONEGA, GA – Francis Marion University erased all but two points of a 20-point second-half deficit, but the Patriots' rally eventually fell just shot in a 72-68 loss to the University of North Georgia, Monday afternoon (Jan. 19) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

Francis Marion falls to 9-9 overall and 1-8 in the Peach Belt with the eight losses coming by a combined 38 points. FMU will travel to Aiken, S.C., on Saturday night to battle USC Aiken in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.  The Patriots' next home game will be Jan. 28 against Lander University.

Freshman point guard Detrek Browning scored 25 points – two shy of his career high – to lead FMU.  Browning, who was earlier in the day named the PBC's Player of the Week for his efforts last week, connected on 8-of-15 shots. It was his sixth 20-point scoring effort in PBC play.

Junior forward Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, while senior Dustin Jones and Luka Zivkovic added 11 and 10 points respectively.

Ebo Smith led North Georgia (12-4, 6-3) with 21 points, while Corey Green registered a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.

After shooting only 22.6 percent over the opening 20 minutes, Francis Marion warmed up in the second stanza.  The Patriots made 14-of-28 field goal attempts and nearly caught the Nighthawks, who led 48-28 with 16:23 left.

A lay-in by Browning got FMU to within 59-57 with 5:46 on the clock and capped a 29-11 rally by the Patriots.

UNG pushed its lead back to 69-61 before having to again turn away an FMU push. Browning converted a three-point play and Allen-Jordan scored on a layup to bring Francis Marion to within 69-66 with 1:03 remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Zivkovic blocked a UNG shot and the Patriots gained possession.  Zivkovic then missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 27 ticks left and Smith sealed the win with free throws over the final 12 seconds.

FMU finished the game shooting 35.6 percent, including 6-of-22 from three-point range.  The Patriots were 20-of-29 at the foul line.  North Georgia shot 51.1 percent, was 11-of-23 on three-pointers, and hit 15-of-25 free throws.

The Patriots forced 26 Nighthawk turnovers and led 27-5 in points off turnovers.  However, UNG won the rebounding battle 42-26 and held a 17-2 advantage in second-chance points.

The early portion of the first half was tightly contested with five deadlocks.  UNG broke a 12-12 tie with an 11-0 run.  The margin swelled to 18 points, 36-18, before FMU trimmed the Nighthawk advantage to 15 points at halftime, 38-23.

 
 
1-19-15 3:52 pm at Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.
NORTH GEORGIA 72, FRANCIS MARION 68
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. (9-9, 1-8 PBC)
Detrek Browning 8-15 8-9 25; Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 4-12 5-6 13; Dustin Jones
4-15 1-2 11; Luka Zivkovic 4-8 0-0 10; Mike Davis Jr. 0-5 4-6 4; A.J.
Jackson 1-2 0-0 3; Judah Alexander 0-1 2-6 2; David Brown 0-0 0-0 0; David
Jerome 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-59 20-29 68.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA (12-4, 6-3 PBC)
Ebo Smith 6-11 3-4 21; Tyler Dominy 5-8 2-3 12; Sean Brennan 3-5 2-4 11;
Corey Green 4-8 2-2 10; T.J. Williams 3-3 2-4 8; Andrew Lawrence 1-1 2-4 5;
Travis Core 1-6 0-0 3; Michael Varrichione 0-2 2-4 2; Shaquan Cantrell 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 23-45 15-25 72.
Halftime: North Georgia 38 Francis Marion 23
3-point goals--Francis Marion Unive 6-22 (Luka Zivkovic 2-5; Dustin Jones
2-6; A.J. Jackson 1-2; Detrek Browning 1-5; Mike Davis Jr. 0-4), University
of North Georgia 11-23 (Ebo Smith 6-11; Sean Brennan 3-4; Travis Core 1-4;
Andrew Lawrence 1-1; Shaquan Cantrell 0-1; Corey Green 0-1; Tyler Dominy
0-1). Fouled out--Francis Marion Unive-Mike Davis Jr., University of North
Georgia-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion Unive 26 (Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 6),
University of North Georgia 42 (Corey Green 13). Assists--Francis Marion
Unive 9 (Detrek Browning 3), University of North Georgia 17 (Tyler Dominy
8). Total fouls--Francis Marion Unive 20, University of North Georgia 23.
Technical fouls--None. A-454