Bears defeat cold-shooting Patriots 75-52

Bears defeat cold-shooting Patriots 75-52

HICKORY, NC – A cold-shooting Francis Marion University men's basketball team dropped a 75-52 decision to host Lenoir-Rhyne University, Saturday night (Nov. 12) in the Peach Belt Conference/South Atlantic Conference Challenge.

Francis Marion (0-2) will play at Claflin University on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  The Patriots' home opener will be on Nov. 21 against Allen University at 7 p.m.

Junior center Judah Alexander paced FMU with 14 points, one shy of his career high, while junior forward Daniel Bridges added nine points and seven rebounds.

JacQues Chambers tallied a double-double for the Bears (1-1) with 12 and 10 rebounds, while leading five LRU players scoring in double digits.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored the game's opening six points and never trailed.  The margin grew to 11-2 and eventually 22-8 as the Patriots missed 14 of their first 16 field goal attempts, including six consecutive three-pointers.

A 6-0 spurt drew FMU to within 22-14, but the Bears claimed a 32-20 halftime advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne rattled off the first five points of the second stanza to lead 37-20 and Francis Marion would get no closer than 14 points the remainder of the game.

Francis Marion made only 28.8 percent of its field goal attempts, including 2-of-23 on three-point shots, and hit 16-of-21 free throws, while Lenoir-Rhyne connected on 37.1 percent of its shots, including 10-of-30 from beyond the arc, and hit 19-of-24 at the foul line.

 
 
11/12/16 8:00 p.m. at Hickory, N.C. (Shuford Gymnasium)
LENOIR-RHYNE 75, FRANCIS MARION 52
FRANCIS MARION (0-2)
Judah Alexander 4-11 6-7 14; Daniel Bridges 4-6 1-2 9; Detrek Browning 2-9
1-1 6; John Jenkins 2-3 2-2 6; Brandon Parker 1-7 3-5 5; Warren Specht 1-7
3-3 5; Josh Council 2-8 0-0 5; Samson Nnaji 1-2 0-1 2; Kenneth Jackson 0-2
0-0 0; Tomas Hilmarsson 0-1 0-0 0; Douglas Dwight 0-0 0-0 0; Jaquez Smith
0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-59 16-21 52.
LENOIR-RHYNE (1-1)
Chambers, JacQues 3-6 3-4 12; Calhoun, Jarvis 3-8 2-2 10; Zemonek, Ben 3-6
4-4 10; Rogers, Branford 4-7 1-2 10; Kelly, Alex 2-4 4-4 10; Bales, Billy
2-8 2-3 8; Evans, Darrion 3-6 1-1 7; Variste, Jalen 1-5 2-4 4; Leskovar,
Filip 1-2 0-0 2; Rhyne, Alex 1-1 0-0 2; Skidmore, Jacob 0-0 0-0 0; Lucas,
Reed 0-8 0-0 0; Sterry, Jacob 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 19-24 75.
Halftime: LRU 32, Francis Marion 20
3-point goals--Francis Marion 2-23 (Detrek Browning 1-6; Josh Council 1-7;
Brandon Parker 0-4; Warren Specht 0-4; Kenneth Jackson 0-1; Jaquez Smith
0-1), Lenoir-Rhyne 10-30 (Chambers, JacQues 3-6; Bales, Billy 2-8; Kelly,
Alex 2-4; Calhoun, Jarvis 2-4; Rogers, Branford 1-2; Lucas, Reed 0-2;
Sterry, Jacob 0-1; Evans, Darrion 0-2; Zemonek, Ben 0-1). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-Daniel Bridges, Lenoir-Rhyne-None. Rebounds--Francis
Marion 49 (Brandon Parker 8), Lenoir-Rhyne 41 (Chambers, JacQues 10).
Assists--Francis Marion 8 (Josh Council 3), Lenoir-Rhyne 16 (Evans, Darrion
4; Variste, Jalen 4). Total fouls--Francis Marion 23, Lenoir-Rhyne 20.
Technical fouls--Francis Marion-Judah Alexander. A-875