FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore Brandon Parker continued his stellar play of late by netting a career-high 25 points and junior point guard Detrek Browning added 24 and climbed another rung on the Francis Marion University career scoring list as the Patriots raced past Lander University in the second half to claim an 88-77 victory, Wednesday night (Feb. 15) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.
Francis Marion registers its third consecutive win to climb to 11-15 overall and 6-11 in the PBC. The Patriots take sole possession of fifth place in the East Division and are only one-and-a-half games behind Lander (10-15, 7-9) for the all-important fourth position.
The Patriots close out their regular-season slate on the road at Armstrong State University on Saturday at 6 p.m. and at UNC Pembroke on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Parker connected on 9-of-17 shots, including 6-of-10 from three-point range, to eclipse his career high set on Monday against Claflin University. He also recorded his fifth 20-point game in the last 11 contests.
Browning tallied 19 of his points in the second half. He shot 9-of-18 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. In the process, he passed former Patriot center Terance Wood to move into fifth place on the FMU career scoring list with 1,580 points. Next up on the FMU list is Allen Floyd, who occupies fourth place with 1,599 points. Floyd, a resident of Mullins, was in attendance at Wednesday's contest.
The opening half featured four lead changes and six ties with five points being the widest margin – a lead both squads held in the first stanza. The Bearcats owned a 38-35 advantage at halftime.
The score was knotted on three more occasions early in the second half. Back-to-back layups by junior Josh Council and Browning snapped the final deadlock and put the Patriots on top for good at 52-48.
Lander did trim the lead to 63-62 after a three-pointer by Nicklas Jonsson with 9:48 left. Three minutes later, Browning ignited an 18-5 spurt by the Patriots that stretched a two-point advantage to 15 (86-71) with 2:10 on the clock. Browning had 10 points and two assists in the run as FMU hit 6-of-8 field goal attempts in a five-minute span.
Francis Marion connected on 50.8 percent of its field goal attempts, including a sizzling 14-of-26 from three-point territory. Lander shot 48.2 percent, but was only 9-of-25 beyond the three-point arc. The Patriots were 8-of-12 at the stripe, while the Bearcats were 14-of-16.
FMU committed only 11 turnovers.
2/15/17 7:42 PM at Florence, SC (Smith University Center) FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 88, LANDER UNIVERSITY 77 LANDER UNIVERSITY (10-15 , 7-9 PBC) Rahu Purdie 4-12 6-6 16; Nicklas Jonsson 5-8 2-3 15; Chris Tate 4-5 2-2 11; Jordan Dingle 4-9 0-0 11; Telvin Gabriel 4-6 0-0 8; Clenzo Ross 3-8 2-2 8; TJ Knight 3-5 2-3 8; Srdjan Ivic 0-0 0-0 0; Jarryd Coleman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 14-16 77. FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (11-15 , 6-11 PBC) Brandon Parker 9-17 1-3 25; Detrek Browning 9-18 2-2 24; Judah Alexander 5-12 3-4 13; Josh Council 3-6 0-0 8; Daniel Bridges 3-4 0-1 8; Kenneth Jackson 3-7 0-0 6; Jaquez Smith 1-1 2-2 4; Nigel Holley 0-0 0-0 0; Samson Nnaji 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-65 8-12 88. Halftime: Lander 38 Francis Marion 35 3-point goals--Lander University 9-25 (Nicklas Jonsson 3-4; Jordan Dingle 3-7; Rahu Purdie 2-8; Chris Tate 1-1; Jarryd Coleman 0-2; Clenzo Ross 0-3), Francis Marion University 14-26 (Brandon Parker 6-10; Detrek Browning 4-8; Josh Council 2-3; Daniel Bridges 2-3; Kenneth Jackson 0-2). Fouled out--Lander University-None, Francis Marion University-Judah Alexander. Rebounds--Lander University 32 (Jordan Dingle 6), Francis Marion University 32 (Kenneth Jackson 7; Judah Alexander 7). Assists--Lander University 15 (Clenzo Ross 5), Francis Marion University 18 (Detrek Browning 6). Total fouls--Lander 13, Francis Marion 14. Technical fouls--Lander bench. A-911 Charges Drawn: Ross, Bridges