Patriot men captured third-straight road win

Patriot men captured third-straight road win

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Junior forward Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan scored 28 points to lead Francis Marion University to a third consecutive Peach Belt Conference road victory, an 88-74 win at Flagler College, Saturday evening (Feb. 7) in men's basketball action.

Prior to last weekend, Francis Marion had suffered through a long series of close losses and was facing three consecutive PBC road contests.  Now eight days later, the Patriots (12-11, 4-10) have won three road contests back-to-back-to-back for the first time in 25 seasons.

With the win, FMU moves to within one game of fourth place in the PBC East Division standings and the all-important final tournament berth.

Francis Marion will play a pair of home games this week: Armstrong State University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and Georgia Southwestern State University on Saturday (Feb. 14) at 3:30 p.m.

Allen-Jordan, the reigning PBC Player of the Week, connected on 11-of-19 shots and also pulled down seven rebounds.  Freshman guards Detrek Browning and Mike Davis Jr. each scored 15 points and freshman A.J. Jackson registered his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Davis Jr. also handed out a career-high seven assists.

Guard Jerrell Oxendine paced Flagler (9-12, 4-10) with 26 points, while Keshaun Hamilton tallied 16 points and seven rebounds.

After a tightly contested opening 10 minutes, Flagler scored 15 consecutive points to take a 31-21 advantage.  The Patriots gradually rallied to pull within one at 38-37 after a three-point play by Browning late in the half.  An inside hoop by Oxendine allowed Flagler to lead 40-37 at intermission.

FMU took the lead at 45-44 on a lay-up by Allen-Jordan with 15:38 remaining. That bucket ignited an 11-2 Patriot run that resulted in an eight-point advantage, 54-46.

Flagler rallied to knot the score at 59-59 after a lay-up by Hamilton with 9:19 on the clock.  Allen-Jordan then scored six points in a 10-0 run that put FMU ahead 69-59.  The Patriots' advantage reached 11, 75-64, after a lay-in by Davis Jr. 

The Saints got as close as six, 78-72 with 1:52 left, but Francis Marion was 10-of-10 at the foul line over the final two minutes to seal the win.

Francis Marion shot 45.9 percent from the field, was 9-of-24 from three-point range, and hit 23-of-27 free throw attempts.  The Patriots held Flagler to 42 percent shooting, including 6-of-29 from long distance.

 
2-7-15 6:20 p.m. at St. Augustine, Fla. (Flagler Gym)
FRANCIS MARION 88, FLAGLER 74
FRANCIS MARION (12-11, 4-10 PBC)
Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 11-19 5-8 28; Mike Davis Jr. 5-8 2-2 15; Detrek
Browning 3-12 8-9 15; A.J. Jackson 2-6 6-6 11; Dustin Jones 3-6 0-0 8; Alex
Bryant 2-3 0-0 4; David Jerome 1-1 2-2 4; Luka Zivkovic 1-6 0-0 3; David
Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 23-27 88.
FLAGLER (9-12, 4-10 PBC)
Jerrell Oxendine 8-18 7-9 26; Keshaun Hamilton 7-13 2-2 16; Lydell Manigo
5-12 1-2 11; Matt Clark 4-8 0-0 10; Dennis Diaz 3-9 0-0 7; Desmond Gibson
2-4 0-0 4; Kessler Bell 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 29-69 10-13 74.
Halftime: Flagler 40 Francis Marion 37
3-point goals--Francis Marion 9-24 (Mike Davis Jr. 3-6; Dustin Jones 2-4;
A.J. Jackson 1-4; Luka Zivkovic 1-4; Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan 1-2; Detrek
Browning 1-4), Flagler 6-29 (Jerrell Oxendine 3-10; Matt Clark 2-5; Dennis
Diaz 1-6; Kessler Bell 0-4; Lydell Manigo 0-3; Keshaun Hamilton 0-1). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Flagler-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 40 (A.J.
Jackson 10), Flagler 36 (Lydell Manigo 9). Assists--Francis Marion 16 (Mike
Davis Jr. 7), Flagler 13 (Keshaun Hamilton 4). Total fouls--Francis Marion
13, Flagler 20. Technical fouls--Mike Davis Jr.; FMU Team. A-441