Patriot Men drop regular season-finale at Georgia College

Patriot Men drop regular season-finale at Georgia College

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – Georgia College used 17-3 and 13-2 runs in the second half to break open a tight game and hand Francis Marion University an 86-63 loss in the final game of the Peach Belt Conference men's basketball regular season on Sunday (Mar. 3).  The game was delayed at tip-off due to a tornado warning in the Milledgeville area.

Francis Marion finishes the regular season 20-7 and 16-6 in Peach Belt play, a new program-record for conference wins. The Patriots will be the third seed in the PBC Tournament, which begins on Wednesday (Mar. 6), as FMU welcomes sixth-seeded Young Harris College to the Smith University Center at 7 p.m.

Senior guard Ryan Davis led the Patriot attack with 19 points, while freshman forward Kailex Stephens dropped in 14 points and snagged eight rebounds. Senior Brandon Parker grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for FMU.

Sophomore guard Jordan Thomas paced the Bobcats (17-11, 12-10) with a game-high 21 points. Senior forward Isaac Thomas (14 points and 13 rebounds) and junior forward Kohl Roberts (17 points and 11 rebounds) each posted double-doubles, helping Georgia College to a 44-34 rebounding advantage.

After playing the first 20 minutes to a 34-34 stalemate, the two squads traded the lead back-and-forth over the opening minutes of the second half. Leading 52-51 with just over 12 minutes left, Isaac Thomas scored on consecutive possessions to jump-start a 17-3 Georgia College run, which put the hosts up 69-54 with 5:30 remaining. A Stephens' layup brought Francis Marion within 12 at 71-59, but the Bobcats closed the game on a 13-2 run to put it out of reach.

Georgia College started fast, scoring six of the contest's first eight points. FMU countered with an 8-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from senior forward Je'Quan Perry, to grab a 10-6 edge. The Bobcats answered with a 12-2 spurt to wrestle the lead right back from the Patriots, and grab the biggest advantage for either side in the opening stanza at 18-12.

The Bobcats maintained a small lead until five straight points from junior guard Jaquez Smith nudged Francis Marion back in front 27-25 with 3:56 left until halftime. A Davis layup put FMU on top 34-31 with 2:14 remaining, but a Jordan Thomas three-pointer in the final minute sent the teams to the locker room deadlocked at 34-34.

For the game, Francis Marion was held to 34.3 percent shooting from the field, and hit 9-of-38 three-point attempts. The Patriots knocked down six of their eight attempts from the charity stripe, the first time this season FMU has taken fewer than 10 free throws. Georgia College shot 50.8 percent from the floor, and made 7-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Bobcats went 19-for-23 at the foul line.

 

3/3/19 04:30 PM at Centennial Center (Milledgeville, Ga.)
GEORGIA COLLEGE 86, FRANCIS MARION 63
FRANCIS MARION (20-7, 16-6)
Ryan Davis 6-12 3-4 19; Kailex Stephens 6-19 2-2 14; Jaquez Smith 3-14 0-0
8; Kendall Wall 3-4 0-0 7; Winston Hill 3-5 0-0 6; Alex Cox 1-2 0-0 3;
Je'Quan Perry 1-4 0-0 3; Brandon Parker 1-6 0-0 2; Douglas Dwight 0-2 1-2 1;
Trey Jones 0-1 0-0 0; Julian Smith 0-1 0-0 0; Gabriel Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 24-70 6-8 63.
GEORGIA COLLEGE (17-11, 12-10)
Jordan Thomas 7-13 5-6 21; Kohl Roberts 5-10 7-9 17; D.Mitchell-LaFlam 5-10
4-4 15; Isaac Thomas 6-11 2-2 14; Chapin Rierson 4-6 0-0 10; Justin Cave 2-4
1-2 7; Chandler Wright 1-2 0-0 2; Christian Koneman 0-2 0-0 0; Matthew Quint
0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Sterling 0-0 0-0 0; Wesley Simpson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-59
19-23 86.
Halftime: 34-34
3-point goals--Francis Marion 9-38 (Ryan Davis 4-8; Jaquez Smith 2-10;
Kendall Wall 1-1; Alex Cox 1-2; Je'Quan Perry 1-3; Trey Jones 0-1; Douglas
Dwight 0-2; Brandon Parker 0-1; Winston Hill 0-1; Kailex Stephens 0-9),
Georgia College 7-16 (Chapin Rierson 2-3; Justin Cave 2-3; Jordan Thomas
2-5; D.Mitchell-LaFlam 1-4; Christian Koneman 0-1). Fouled out--Francis
Marion-None, Georgia College-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 34 (Brandon
Parker 10), Georgia College 44 (Isaac Thomas 13). Assists--Francis Marion 17
(Kailex Stephens 4; Je'Quan Perry 4), Georgia College 13 (Isaac Thomas 6).
Total fouls--Francis Marion 19, Georgia College 11. Technical fouls--None. A-472