Francis Marion drops New Year’s debut to Cougars 94-82

FLORENCE, SC – Senior guard Cam Baker scored 30 points and Columbus State University led wire-to-wire as the Cougars opened the New Year with a 94-82 win over Francis Marion University, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 2) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action. 

FMU (7-4, 0-3) will play two straight PBC road contests – at Augusta University on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. and at Flagler College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. – before returning home to entertain Armstrong State University on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 3:30 p.m. 

Sophomore 6-2 point guard Detrek Browning led the Patriots with 26 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and four assists.  He connected on 10-of-19 field goal attempts, including 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line.  Sophomore swingman Mike Davis Jr. added 16 points, including five three-pointers, while 6-5 junior guard Alante Fenner tallied 15 points and seven rebounds and 6-7 sophomore forward Judah Alexander 11 points.

Baker was one of four Cougars (9-1, 3-0) in double digits. He made 11-of-17 field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while also handing out eight assists.

Twenty-three of Baker's points came in the opening stanza as CSU built a 50-32 halftime advantage.  The Cougars scored the game's opening two buckets and never trailed.  A fast-break three-pointer by Fenner trimmed the margin to 17-16 with 11 minutes left before halftime.  After the two squads traded baskets to leave the lead at one point (19-18), CSU used a 14-2 run to grab a 33-20 advantage at the six-minute mark.

After Francis Marion crept to within 36-27, the Cougars closed the half with a 14-5 spurt that produced the 18-point halftime advantage.

A stick-back hoop by FMU freshman Brandon Parker cut the deficit to 54-40 three minutes into the second half, but an 11-3 spurt by Columbus State pushed the margin to 22 points (65-43).

A free throw by senior Mykel Harris with 5:27 remaining again brought FMU to within 14 points at 81-67, but seven consecutive points by the Cougars produced a commanding 88-67 lead.

Francis Marion closed the game with a 15-6 run.

The Patriots shot 40.3 percent from the field, were 12-of-32 from long range, and hit 12-of-20 free throws.  CSU made 53.8 percent of its field goal attempts, was 11-of-28 from behind the three-point arc, and drained 13-of-18 free throws.

 

1-2-16 3:57 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
COLUMBUS STATE UNIV. 94, FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 82
COLUMBUS STATE UNIV. (9-1 , 3-0 PBC)
Cam Baker 11-17 3-3 30; Brentine Taylor 6-7 2-3 14; Brent Jackson 3-9 5-6
13; Darren Daniel 4-6 0-0 10; DeMarcus McVay 4-6 1-2 9; Arben Camaj 3-7 0-0
6; Demetres Abrams 1-4 0-0 3; Markis Boyd 1-1 1-1 3; Denard Williams 1-1 1-2
3; JaCori Payne 1-5 0-1 3; Jamal McKee 0-1 0-0 0; Matthias Sigurdarson 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 35-65 13-18 94.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (7-4 , 0-3 PBC)
Detrek Browning 10-19 2-4 26; Mike Davis Jr. 5-13 1-3 16; Alante Fenner 5-16
3-3 15; Judah Alexander 4-7 3-6 11; Brandon Parker 3-5 2-2 9; Mykel Harris
1-6 1-2 3; Nick Talko 1-3 0-0 2; Kenneth Jackson 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Bryant 0-1
0-0 0; Samson Nnaji 0-0 0-0 0; David Jerome 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-72 12-20 82.
Halftime: Columbus State 50 Francis Marion 32
3-point goals--Columbus State Univ. 11-28 (Cam Baker 5-8; Brent Jackson 2-6;
Darren Daniel 2-2; JaCori Payne 1-4; Demetres Abrams 1-4; Jamal McKee 0-1;
Matthias Sigurdarson 0-1; Arben Camaj 0-2), Francis Marion University 12-32
(Mike Davis Jr. 5-12; Detrek Browning 4-8; Alante Fenner 2-7; Brandon Parker
1-2; Nick Talko 0-2; Mykel Harris 0-1). Fouled out--Columbus State
Univ.-None, Francis Marion University-None. Rebounds--Columbus State Univ.
35 (Arben Camaj 8), Francis Marion University 39 (Detrek Browning 9).
Assists--Columbus State Univ. 28 (Cam Baker 8), Francis Marion University 13
(Detrek Browning 4). Total fouls--Columbus State Univ. 16, Francis Marion
University 18. Technical fouls--Columbus State Univ.-None, Francis Marion
University-Judah Alexander; Team. A-354