Browning and BP fuel Francis Marion win over Flagler

Browning and BP fuel Francis Marion win over Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Junior Detrek Browning and sophomore Brandon Parker combined for 51 points to lift Francis Marion University to an 86-81 Peach Belt Conference road win over Flagler College, Wednesday evening (Jan. 25) in men's basketball action.

FMU (7-11, 3-7) will travel to Greenwood on Saturday afternoon to battle long-time rival Lander University in a 3:30 p.m. tip-off.  The next home game for the Patriots will be against UNC Pembroke on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. on McDonald's Night in the Smith University Center.

Browning led the Patriots with 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor.  The 6-foot Columbia native also connected on 7-of-10 three-point attempts, only two shy of the school record for three-pointers made in a game.  He also hauled down six rebounds and handed out four assists.

Parker equaled his career high of 22 points set last week.  The Sumter native was a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line.  FMU junior forward Judah Alexander added 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Cortlin Davis paced the Saints (8-9, 2-8) with 23 points, while Vaughn McCall scored 16.

The opening half featured opposing streaks by both squads that changed the lead on several occasions.  A late three-pointer by Parker helped the Patriots secure a 41-39 halftime lead.

A jumper by Kenneth Jackson extended the FMU advantage to eight points (54-46) three-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza.  Flagler gradually chipped away at the margin and took a 68-67 lead after a free throw by Chris Williams with 7:35 remaining.

A three-pointer by Browning and a lay-in by Parker put FMU back on top 72-68, but again the Saints rallied, this time knotting the score at 76-76 with 2:38 on the clock.  A fast-break jump shot in the paint by Browning gave Francis Marion the lead for good at 78-76 and junior Warren Specht extended the lead to 80-76 with a pair of free throws.

Parker (4-4) and Browning (2-2) combined to go 6-for-6 at the free throw stripe in the final 16 seconds to seal the victory.  Alexander also registered a key blocked shot in the final minute.

The Patriots held a commanding 45-26 rebounding advantage.  Francis Marion connected on 48.3 percent of its field goal attempts, including 9-of-18 from behind the three-point arc, and was 19-of-24 at the charity stripe.  Flagler shot 46.2 percent from the floor, was 11-of-28 from three-point distance, and hit 10-fo-16 free throw attempts.

1/25/17 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine, Fla. (Flagler Gym)
Detrek Browning 10-17 2-2 29; Brandon Parker 6-12 9-9 22; Judah Alexander
6-11 5-8 17; Kenneth Jackson 3-6 0-0 7; Warren Specht 0-2 3-5 3; Josh
Council 1-1 0-0 2; Samson Nnaji 1-3 0-0 2; Daniel Bridges 1-4 0-0 2; Nigel
Holley 1-3 0-0 2; Jaquez Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 19-24 86.
FLAGLER (8-9, 2-8 PBC)
Cortlin Davis 8-18 4-6 23; Vaughn McCall 6-10 2-3 16; Jeffercy Jean 5-12 0-0
13; Chris Williams 5-8 2-5 12; Ben Bobbitt 2-7 2-2 8; Austin Howard 3-4 0-0
7; Kessler Bell 1-4 0-0 2; Arnas Dautartas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-65 10-16 81.
Halftime: Francis Marion 41  Flagler 39
3-point goals--Francis Marion 9-18 (Detrek Browning 7-10; Brandon Parker
1-4; Kenneth Jackson 1-2; Daniel Bridges 0-1; Warren Specht 0-1), Flagler
11-28 (Jeffercy Jean 3-8; Cortlin Davis 3-5; Vaughn McCall 2-4; Ben Bobbitt
2-6; Austin Howard 1-2; Arnas Dautartas 0-1; Kessler Bell 0-2). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Flagler-Cortlin Davis; Jeffercy Jean.
Rebounds--Francis Marion 45 (Judah Alexander 9), Flagler 26 (Chris Williams
5; Vaughn McCall 5; Austin Howard 5). Assists--Francis Marion 19 (Daniel
Bridges 5), Flagler 16 (Ben Bobbitt 7). Total fouls--Francis Marion 19,
Flagler 23. Technical fouls--None. A-403