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.