Davis’ three-pointer gives Patriots a 71-68 season-opening win

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore swingman Mike Davis Jr. drilled a 22-foot three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift Francis Marion University to a 71-68 season-opening win over Catawba College, Friday afternoon (Nov. 13) on the opening day of the 2015 Peach Belt Conference/South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Challenge.

Lenoir-Rhyne University rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to upset 11th-ranked UNC Pembroke 101-94 in Friday's second game.

Francis Marion (1-0) will face Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., while UNCP and Catawba will square off in the opener at 5:30 p.m..  Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

A pair of free throws by FMU sophomore point guard Detrek Browning knotted the game at 68-68 with 59 seconds remaining.  On the ensuing Catawba possession, Jameel Taylor missed a three-pointer and Patriot junior center Kenneth Jackson rebounded the miss.  Following a Patriot timeout with 19 ticks on the clock, Browning found Davis on the left side for the game-winning shot.

Catawba's long in-bounds pass was knocked away by the Patriots to thwart any last-season rally by the Indians.

Davis and fellow sophomore swingman A.J. Jackson led the Patriots with 14 points apiece, while Browning added 12 points.  Senior 6-7 forward Mykel Harris posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Alante Fenner chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists off the bench.

Taylor led Catawba (0-1) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Jerrin Morrison came off the Indians' bench to tally 13 points and eight rebounds.

Francis Marion scored the game's opening seven points on 3-of-3 shooting and led the entire first half.  The margin grew to as many as 11, at 34-23 following a Davis three-pointer, before the Patriots left for the locker room holding a 39-32 advantage.

Catawba opened the second stanza with a 16-8 spurt to take its first lead of the game at 48-47.  FMU scored six straight to take a 53-48 lead following a layup by Harris with 9:58 left.

Five straight points by the Indians tied the contest at 53-53 and the game would remain a one-possession contest until the final two minutes.  Catawba grabbed a 68-63 advantage with 1:42 remaining, but three free throws by Browning (on two trips to the line) and two charity tosses by Davis helped the Patriots knot the score at 68-68.

Francis Marion held Catawba scoreless over the final 1:42.

FMU shot 45.5 percent from the floor, including 9-of-23 from beyond the three-point arc, while the Patriots were 12-of-18 at the foul line.  Catawba connected on 40.9 percent from the floor, was 4-of-18 from three-point range, and 10-of-16 at the free throw stripe.

 

11-13-15 11:30 am at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 71, CATAWBA COLLEGE 68
CATAWBA COLLEGE (0-1)
Jameel Taylor 6-19 3-4 16; Jerrin Morrison 5-14 2-6 13; Rakeen Brown 3-6 2-2
9; Andrew Ingram 4-11 0-0 8; Julian Sampah 3-4 1-2 7; Malik Constantine 2-6
2-2 6; Ben Sealey 1-1 0-0 3; Troy Warren 1-1 0-0 2; Reggie Perkins 1-1 0-0
2; Vismantas Marijosius 1-3 0-0 2; Jeremy McLaughlin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-66
10-16 68.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (1-0)
A.J. Jackson 5-9 0-0 14; Mike Davis Jr. 4-7 3-4 14; Detrek Browning 4-9 3-4
12; Mykel Harris 4-8 3-6 11; Alante Fenner 4-10 1-2 10; Kenneth Jackson 3-8
0-0 6; Judah Alexander 0-1 2-2 2; David Jerome 1-1 0-0 2; Alex Bryant 0-2
0-0 0; Brandon Parker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 12-18 71.
Halftime: Francis Marion 39 Catawba 32
3-point goals--Catawba College 4-18 (Rakeen Brown 1-3; Ben Sealey 1-1;
Jameel Taylor 1-7; Jerrin Morrison 1-3; Vismantas Marijosius 0-1; Andrew
Ingram 0-3), Francis Marion University 9-23 (A.J. Jackson 4-7; Mike Davis
Jr. 3-5; Detrek Browning 1-5; Alante Fenner 1-4; Alex Bryant 0-1; Mykel
Harris 0-1). Fouled out--Catawba College-None, Francis Marion
University-None. Rebounds--Catawba College 35 (Jerrin Morrison 8), Francis
Marion University 39 (Judah Alexander 10; Mykel Harris 10). Assists--Catawba
College 18 (Rakeen Brown 4), Francis Marion University 18 (Alante Fenner 5).
Total fouls--Catawba 18, Francis Marion 14. Technical fouls--None. A-613