Triples spark Patriot run in 91-74 win over Georgia College

FLORENCE, SC – A quintet of three-pointers sparked a 30-4 run that carried Francis Marion University to a come-from-behind 91-74 win over Georgia College, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 30) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

Francis Marion improves to 12-8 overall and 5-7 in the PBC, good for a third-place tie in the East Division standings.  Georgia College falls to 14-7 and 7-5.

FMU will play host to Johnson & Wales University on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the squad's final non-conference match-up of the year.

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Sophomore guard Detrek Browning led FMU with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while sophomore swingman Mike Davis Jr. added 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.  Sophomore 6-7 forward Judah Alexander scored a career-high equaling 15 points, including three monstrous dunks, and pulled down seven rebounds.  Junior guard Alante Fenner added 12 points and six assists.

Senior guard Dwight Anderson led the Bobcats with 24 points, while senior swingman Terrell Harris posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

FMU held a commanding 40-18 advantage in points-in-the-paint, while also outrebounding the Bobcats 56-33. Junior 6-6 forward Samson Nnaji paced Francis Marion with a career-high 10 boards.

Georgia College scored the game's opening eight points and held the lead through the majority of the first half.  The Bobcats' largest lead came at 25-15 after a fast-break layup by Anderson with 8:11 remaining before intermission.  A lane-driving slam dunk by Davis Jr. and back-to-back slams by Alexander helped FMU trim the margin to 30-26.

Two three-pointers each by Browning and Davis Jr. helped fuel a 16-4 run to close the half that gave FMU its first lead of the afternoon and a 40-34 halftime advantage.

The momentum carried over into the second half as FMU scored the first 14 points, including three-pointers by Davis Jr. and Fenner, as Francis Marion claimed a 20-point lead at 54-34.  Georgia College did score six straight points to close within 54-40 with 14:18 remaining, but that would be as close as the Bobcats would get.

The Patriots responded with eight consecutive points to go up 62-40 and the margin would remain at 15 points or above for the remainder of the contest.

Francis Marion shot 47.7 percent from the floor, including 9-of-21 from three-point range, and the Patriots were 20-of-26 at the foul line.  The Bobcats connected on 30.6 percent of their shots, including an incredible 14-of-49 from behind the arc, while making 16-of-25 free throw attempts.

 

1-30-16 3:45 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)

FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 91, GEORGIA COLLEGE 74
GEORGIA COLLEGE (14-7, 7-5 PBC)
Dwight Anderson 8-17 2-4 24; Terrell Harris 5-18 8-9 19; Ryan Blumenthal
4-12 4-5 16; Mark McCorkle 3-8 0-0 9; Isaac Thomas 1-3 2-5 4; Chaz Berry 1-8
0-0 2; Rio McMillian 0-3 0-0 0; Bryan Roberts 0-2 0-0 0; Evyn Smith 0-0 0-2
0; Kelvin Nwanze 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-72 16-25 74.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (12-8, 5-7 PBC)
Detrek Browning 8-17 4-4 23; Mike Davis Jr. 7-17 3-4 21; Judah Alexander 4-5
7-9 15; Alante Fenner 4-10 3-6 12; Kenneth Jackson 4-6 0-0 8; Samson Nnaji
2-2 1-1 5; A.J. Jackson 2-5 0-0 5; Brandon Parker 0-0 2-2 2; Alex Bryant 0-1
0-0 0; Mykel Harris 0-1 0-0 0; David Jerome 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-65 20-26 91.
Halftime: Francis Marion 40 Georgia College 34
3-point goals--Georgia College 14-49 (Dwight Anderson 6-13; Ryan Blumenthal
4-12; Mark McCorkle 3-8; Terrell Harris 1-8; Rio McMillian 0-1; Chaz Berry
0-7), Francis Marion University 9-21 (Mike Davis Jr. 4-9; Detrek Browning
3-6; A.J. Jackson 1-3; Alante Fenner 1-3). Fouled out--Georgia College-None,
Francis Marion University-None. Rebounds--Georgia College 33 (Terrell Harris
11), Francis Marion University 56 (Samson Nnaji 10). Assists--Georgia
College 15 (Evyn Smith 6), Francis Marion University 20 (Alante Fenner 6).
Total fouls--Georgia College 20, Francis Marion 19. Technical fouls--None. A-629
Charges drawn: Davis Jr., Thomas, Blumenthal