Patriot rally falls just short in 64-60 loss

Patriot rally falls just short in 64-60 loss

MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Francis Marion University freshman Khayani Chandler scored a career-high 19 points and keyed a last-minute rally that nearly wiped out an 11-point deficit, but the Patriots fell just short in a 64-60 non-conference road loss to the University of Mount Olive, Thursday evening (Dec. 11) in women's basketball action.

The Patriots (2-5) will play at Newberry College on Saturday night at 6 p.m., before returning home to open Peach Belt Conference play on Dec. 18.

Gabby Griffin scored a career-high 17 points to lead Mount Olive (3-5).

Shy'lia Buie gave Mount Olive a 62-51 lead with a pair of free throws and the Trojans appeared to have the game in hand after an offensive rebound with 1:02 remaining. However, a Trojan turnover and foul helped spark the Patriots' comeback attempt.

Chandler hit the first of two free throws for Francis Marion with 47 seconds left and after Briana Burgins' offensive board on the second attempt, Chandler knocked down a three-pointer to pull the Patriots within 62-55. Another UMO turnover led to Stephanie Brown's layup with 29 seconds remaining.

Brown missed a chance for a three-point play, but Chandler pulled down the offensive rebound and followed with 1-of-2 free throws to cut the deficit to 62-58 with 27 seconds left. Ty Wallace hit the second of two free throws for the Trojans, but Brown answered with a second-chance layup to make it a one-possession game with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Buie drew a foul in the backcourt and calmly hit her first attempt to give Mount Olive another two-possession lead. She missed the second attempt, but a desperation shot by Francis Marion was off the mark as the Trojans held on.

In the first half, FMU took an early six-point lead, but UMO rallied to gain its first lead at 14-13 with 11:32 left before halftime. Trailing 17-13, Francis Marion regained the lead on an 8-0 run, capped by Burgins' steal and layup. Mount Olive countered with a 10-0 run and the Trojans would never trail again.

Francis Marion got as close as two points, but Mount Olive took a 33-27 halftime lead.

Mount Olive took its biggest lead of the game at 44-31 with 14:22 remaining on a Griffin putback. Francis Marion got as close as five points, but Ty Wallace's three-point play pushed the margin back to double digits at 58-47 with 6:16 left to play.

Chandler scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the second half for Francis Marion. Burgins scored eight of her 10 points in the first half.

 

12-11-14 5:30 p.m. at Mount Olive, N.C. (Kornegay Arena)
MOUNT OLIVE 64, FRANCIS MARION 60
FRANCIS MARION (2-5)
Khayani Chandler 8-16 2-4 19; Briana Burgins 4-9 2-2 10; Cy'erra Mills 3-6
1-1 8; Stephanie Brown 3-7 1-3 7; Alaysia Watts 1-4 4-4 6; Camille Dash 2-8
0-0 4; Courtney Wood 2-5 0-0 4; Emily Green 1-5 0-0 2; De'Ana Turner 0-2 0-0
0; Danielle Pray 0-1 0-0 0; Mariah Johnson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 10-14 60.
MOUNT OLIVE (3-5)
Gabby Griffin 7-13 1-1 17; Ty Wallace 5-12 4-7 14; Tommarah Harris 3-10 3-4
12; Shylia Buie 3-9 4-6 10; Arieal Johnson 2-4 2-2 6; Anamaria Zjacic 1-1
0-0 2; Ni'ya Styles 0-3 2-2 2; Kiara Jones 0-1 1-2 1; Rachel Fehl 0-3 0-0 0;
Leah Graham 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 21-58 17-25 64.
Halftime: Mount Olive 33 Francis Marion 27
3-point goals--Francis Marion 2-11 (Khayani Chandler 1-3; Cy'erra Mills 1-3;
Camille Dash 0-1; Emily Green 0-2; Danielle Pray 0-1; Mariah Johnson 0-1),
Mount Olive 5-18 (Tommarah Harris 3-8; Gabby Griffin 2-5; Shylia Buie 0-1;
Ni'ya Styles 0-2; Rachel Fehl 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Francis
Marion 38 (Khayani Chandler 7), Mount Olive 45 (Arieal Johnson 9; Ty
Wallace 9). Assists--Francis Marion 16 (Stephanie Brown 5), Mount Olive
15 (Shylia Buie 5). Total fouls--Francis Marion 24, Mount Olive 13. Technical
fouls--None. A-138