Yellow Jackets sting Patriots with late free throws

FLORENCE, SC – Senior guard Avery Harris made two free throws with one second remaining to lift Allen University to an exciting 81-80 win over Francis Marion University, Monday night (Nov. 21) in non-conference men's basketball action.

Francis Marion (1-3) will play in the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla., this weekend.  FMU will face Auburn University at Montgomery on Friday at 5 p.m. and will play again on Saturday.

Junior guard Detrek Browning led FMU with 23 points, while junior forward Judah Alexander added 17 points and freshman guard Jaquez Smith a career-high 11 points off the bench.  Junior guard Josh Council chipped in nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Senior forward Arvel Atwater paced four Yellow Jackets (3-3) in double figures with 16 points.

FMU had taken its first lead of the second half, after trailing by as many as 14 points, on a fast-break jumper by Browning with 17 seconds left. Harris was fouled with one tick on the clock, and amid a roaring Smith University Center crowd of 937, calming drained both free throws.  The Patriots' ensuing long in-bounds pass was intercepted.

Allen shot a sizzling 62.5 percent over the opening 20 minutes.  The Yellow Jackets used an 11-3 spurt to expand a one-point margin to a nine-point lead (30-21) with 7:47 remaining before halftime. The Patriots closed to within four points at 30-26 with a brief 5-0 run, but Allen gradually build its lead to 10 points at 52-42 after a three-pointer by Ivory Drummer just before the first-half buzzer.

The advantage reached 14 points, 64-50, after a three-pointer by Donald Marshall Jr. with 13:59 left.  The Patriots still trailed by 13 points (75-62) with 8:04 on the clock, but began chipping away at the deficit.  A fast-break three-pointer by sophomore Brandon Parker capped a 14-2 FMU spurt that trimmed the Yellow Jacket lead to 77-76 with 1:12 remaining.

Francis Marion connected on 42.2 percent of its field goal attempts, while Allen cooled to 52.6 percent for the game.  FMU made 19-of-30 free throws, while the Yellow Jackets were a near-perfect 11-of-13.  From beyond the arc, Francis Marion was 7-of-22 and Allen 10-of-19.

FMU held a 41-29 rebounding advantage that resulted in a 20-8 lead in second-chance points.

 
11/21/16 7 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
ALLEN UNIVERSITY 81, FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 80
ALLEN UNIVERSITY (3-3)
Arvel Atwater 6-12 0-0 16; Ramon Suero 6-8 2-3 15; Ivory Drummer 5-9 0-0 13;
Demetrius Richardson 4-10 2-2 10; Avery Harris 3-8 3-4 9; Donald Marshall
Jr. 2-3 2-2 7; Emaray Johnson 1-4 2-2 5; Sherrod Wade 2-2 0-0 4; Johnathan
Grant 1-1 0-0 2; Dexter Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-57 11-13 81.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (1-3)
Detrek Browning 7-14 6-7 23; Judah Alexander 7-8 3-8 17; Jaquez Smith 2-8
6-8 11; Josh Council 4-11 0-0 9; Brandon Parker 3-8 1-2 9; Warren Specht 2-5
2-2 6; Kenneth Jackson 2-3 0-1 4; Samson Nnaji 0-3 1-2 1; John Jenkins 0-0
0-0 0; Daniel Bridges 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 19-30 80.
Allen University..............          52   29  -   81
Francis Marion University.....   42   38  -   80
3-point goals--Allen University 10-19 (Arvel Atwater 4-7; Ivory Drummer 3-6;
Ramon Suero 1-1; Donald Marshall Jr. 1-1; Emaray Johnson 1-3; Avery Harris
0-1), Francis Marion University 7-22 (Detrek Browning 3-8; Brandon Parker
2-3; Josh Council 1-4; Jaquez Smith 1-3; Daniel Bridges 0-2; Warren Specht
0-2). Fouled out--Allen University-Ivory Drummer; Donald Marshall Jr.,
Francis Marion University-None. Rebounds--Allen University 29 (Demetrius
Richardson 6), Francis Marion University 41 (Josh Council 10).
Assists--Allen University 15 (Ivory Drummer 6), Francis Marion University 15
(Warren Specht 3; Jaquez Smith 3; Daniel Bridges 3). Total fouls--Allen
University 26, Francis Marion University 18. Technical fouls--None. A-937