Second-half shooting hampers Patriots in 85-71 loss

Second-half shooting hampers Patriots in 85-71 loss

FLORENCE, SC – Newberry College used a 10-2 run midway through the second half to grab the lead for good and hand Francis Marion University a 85-71 loss at the PBC/SAC Men's Basketball Challenge on Friday (Nov. 8) afternoon.

UNC Pembroke rallied to down Catawba College 95-90 in overtime in the second game of the challenge.

FMU and UNCP will swap opponents on Saturday as the Patriots will meet Catawba at 4 p.m. and UNCP will play Newberry at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, and FMU students are admitted free. All games will be streamed live online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.

Sophomore 6-7 center Winston Hill led the Patriots (0-1) with 22 points, while senior point guard Jaquez Smith had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and handed out three assists.  Junior forward Keith Mathews chipped in nine points and seven rebounds in his first contest as a Patriot, and junior forward Kendall Wall also grabbed seven rebounds, while scoring six points and blocking a pair of shots.

Senior guard Angelo Sales Jr. paced the Wolves (1-0) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Newberry had four other players with double-digit point totals, including guards Luke Gibson (17), TJ Brown (16), Marshall Lange (15), and forward Quandaveon McCollum (13).

Francis Marion shot a sizzling 55.6 percent during the first half, including nine three-pointers, but FMU connected on only 24 percent of its shots in the second stanza without draining another three-pointer.

A 16-4 spurt gave Francis Marion an early 28-16 margin, capped by a three-pointer by Hill at the 11:39 mark. With 7:13 left before halftime, a three-pointer by Wall topped off a 15-6 run that extended the Patriot lead to 15 points (43-28).

FMU led 51-41 at intermission.

A 14-4 run by Newberry to open the second stanza erased the Francis Marion lead.  The Wolves took the lead for good at 58-57 following a three-point play by Sales Jr. at the 13:18 mark.

The margin was sonly five (74-69) at the five-minute mark, but Newberry closed the game with an 11-2 flourish as FMU missed its final six field goal attempts.

For the game, Francis Marion shot 42.6 percent from the field, was 9-of-29 from behind the arc, and sank 10-of-18 free throw attempts.  Newberry connected on 54.1 percent of its shots, was 6-of-19 from three-point range, and drained 13-of-17 charity tosses.

 

Post-match comments from FMU head coach Gary Edwards

 

11/08/19 11:00 am at Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
NEWBERRY 85, FRANCIS MARION 71
NEWBERRY (1-0)
Angelo Sales Jr. 8-13 3-4 19; Luke Gibson 7-15 0-0 17; TJ Brown 4-7 7-8 16;
Marshall Lange 6-13 2-2 15; QuanDaveon McCollum 6-8 1-3 13; Sikander Nielsen
1-2 0-0 3; Marcus Ford 1-2 0-0 2; Jalen Johnson 0-1 0-0 0; Callan Low 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 33-61 13-17 85.
FRANCIS MARION (0-1)
Winston Hill 7-15 7-13 22; Jaquez Smith 9-17 0-0 21; Keith Matthews 4-10 1-1
9; Douglas Dwight 2-8 1-2 7; Alex Cox 2-7 0-0 6; Kendall Wall 2-4 1-2 6;
Ja'Lil Robinson 0-0 0-0 0; Gabriel Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 10-18
71.
Halftime: Francis Marion 51 Newberry 41
3-point goals--Newberry 6-19 (Luke Gibson 3-7; Marshall Lange 1-5; TJ Brown
1-3; Sikander Nielsen 1-2; Marcus Ford 0-1; Angelo Sales Jr. 0-1), Francis
Marion 9-29 (Jaquez Smith 3-8; Douglas Dwight 2-7; Alex Cox 2-6; Kendall
Wall 1-1; Winston Hill 1-2; Keith Matthews 0-5). Fouled out--Newberry-None,
Francis Marion-Keith Matthews. Rebounds--Newberry 45 (TJ Brown 9), Francis
Marion 25 (Keith Matthews 7; Kendall Wall 7). Assists--Newberry 12 (Luke
Gibson 3), Francis Marion 13 (Keith Matthews 3; Winston Hill 3). Total
fouls--Newberry 14, Francis Marion 14. Technical fouls--None. A-1003