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.