FLORENCE, SC – Juniors Detrek Browning and Judah Alexander registered career highs of 33 and 24 points respectively to spur Francis Marion University to a 99-89 non-conference win over the University of Mount Olive, Tuesday night (Dec. 6) in men's basketball action.
The Patriots, now 3-4, will take a break for final exams before returning to the court on Dec. 14 to host St. Andrews University for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Browning connected on 13-of-18 field goal attempts, dished out seven assists, grabbed four rebounds, and recorded four steals. In the process, he surpassed the 1,200-point mark for his career and now stands at 1,202 which is 14th on the Patriot career scoring list.
Alexander missed only one of his 10 shots from the floor, while also hauling down a game-high 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Senior 6-8 center Kenneth Jackson added 11 points, while junior 6-6 forward Daniel Bridges chipped in 10 points.
Freshman guard Juwan Smith led Mount Olive (1-7) with 27 points, while Dedric Byrd and Cameron Robinson each tallied 17 points.
Francis Marion held an early 7-6 lead, but fueled by a trio of three-pointers the Trojans went on a 14-2 run to grab a 20-9 advantage. Mount Olive held an 11-point margin on three subsequent occasions, the last at 32-21 after a three-pointer by Robinson with 8:10 left before halftime.
However, the Patriots responded by outscoring the Trojans 25-6 over the remainder of the half to claim a 46-38 halftime advantage. A three-pointer by Browning pushed FMU ahead at 34-33. Much of the damage done by the Patriots in the opening 20 minutes was accomplished at the foul line. FMU hit 18-of-26 charity tosses as the Trojans committed 17 fouls in the first stanza.
A dunk by junior forward Warren Specht upped the Francis Marion lead to 52-414 just 2:30 into the second half. A layup by Browning extended the margin to 11 points (58-47) at the 15-minute mark, but Mount Olive answered with an 11-4 spurt to trim the lead to 62-58.
A three-pointer and a fast-break lay-in, both by Smith, capped a Trojan rally that knotted the score at 70-70 with 9:35 left. Six points from Browning helped ignited a 14-2 spurt that pushed the Patriots back on top 84-72 with 6:37 remaining. A three-pointer by Jackson, a thunderous fast-break dunk by Alexander, and a layup by Browning helped FMU assume a commanding 19-point edge (94-75) with 3:10 on the clock.
A 12-1 spurt by Mount Olive cut the deficit to 95-87 with a minute remaining, but that was as close as the Trojans would get.
Francis Marion shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the floor and was 30-of-43 at the foul line. Mount Olive connected on 39.4 percent of its field goal attempts and was 18-of-26 at the free throw stripe. The Trojans made 15-of-35 three-point attempts compared to only 3-of-11 for the Patriots.
FMU held a 42-33 rebounding edge, and led 33-19 in fast-break points and 50-20 in points-in-the-paint.