Bobcats claw Patriots in second half

Bobcats claw Patriots in second half

FLORENCE, SC – Georgia College held Francis Marion University to only six second-half field goals and the Bobcats overcame a four-point halftime deficit to earn a hard-fought 62-55 victory over the Patriots, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 2) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.

FMU (8-9, 5-8) will play at USC Aiken on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., before returning home to host Clayton State University next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Senior Shaunice Fulmore led the Patriots with 18 points and pushed her career scoring total to 1,707.  Junior guard Abigail Bullock scored 12 points and handed out five assists, while graduate student Briana Burgins chipped in 11 points.  Senior forward Lauryn Bush came off the bench and grabbed a career-high and game-high 11 rebounds.

Burgins passed former Patriot point guard Brittany Young (2004-08) for 20th position on the FMU career scoring list with 1,204.

Senior 6-2 center Erin Drynan led Georgia College (7-11, 5-7) with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Sydney Cleveland scored 16 and hauled down eight boards.

Eight consecutive points by FMU overcame an early one-point deficit and gave the Patriots a 15-8 advantage.  Francis Marion led 18-15 at the end of the first period.

Back-to-back-to-back three pointers by Bullock, senior Brooke Dixon, and Fulmore extended the FMU lead to 30-17 with 6:44 left before halftime.  The Patriots managed only two free throws over the rest of the half as the Bobcats closed to with 32-27 at intermission.

A bucket in the paint by Burgins stretched the margin to 34-27 to start the second stanza, but the Patriots made only one of their next 10 shots and Georgia College assumed a 40-39 advantage heading to the final quarter.

The Bobcats led by as many as nine in the final period, but FMU rallied to within 58-54 after a three-pointer by sophomore Kiana Adderton with 44 seconds left.  However, four free throws over the final 37 seconds by the Bobcats sealed the win.

Francis Marion shot 32.7 percent for the game, including 9-of-29 from beyond the three-point arc, and was 12-of-18 at the foul line.  The Bobcats connected on 46.2 percent of their shots, including 2-of-13 three-point attempts, and were only 12-of-26 at the free throw stripe.

 

Post-Game comments from FMU head coach Jeri Porter

 

02/02/19 1:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
GEORGIA COLLEGE 62, FRANCIS MARION 55
GEORGIA COLLEGE (7-11 , 5-7)
Erin Drynan 9-12 0-4 18; Sydney Cleveland 4-10 6-6 16; Christen Copeland 4-8
3-10 11; Keyonna Wesley 5-12 1-2 11; Kenyatta Storms 2-6 0-0 4; Shay Tarver
0-0 2-4 2; Harper Vick 0-0 0-0 0; DeLayne Rotolo 0-1 0-0 0; Jasmine McSwain
0-0 0-0 0; Sadie Cleveland 0-0 0-0 0; Cassidy Markle 0-2 0-0 0; Dail Adaway
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 12-26 62.
FRANCIS MARION (8-9 , 5-8)
Shaunice Fulmore 6-15 3-4 18; Abigail Bullock 3-15 3-4 12; Briana Burgins
4-7 3-4 11; Kiana Adderton 3-13 1-2 9; Brooke Dixon 1-1 0-0 3; Lauryn Bush
0-1 2-4 2; Khamele Manning 0-0 0-0 0; Briana White 0-0 0-0 0; Tatyana
McClaney 0-0 0-0 0; Camryn Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-52 12-18 55.
Georgia College...............  15   12   13   22  -   62
Francis Marion................   18   14    7   16  -   55
3-point goals--Georgia College 2-13 (Sydney Cleveland 2-6; Keyonna Wesley
0-3; Kenyatta Storms 0-1; DeLayne Rotolo 0-1; Cassidy Markle 0-1; Erin
Drynan 0-1), Francis Marion 9-29 (Abigail Bullock 3-12; Shaunice Fulmore
3-8; Kiana Adderton 2-8; Brooke Dixon 1-1). Fouled out--Georgia
College-None, Francis Marion-Briana Burgins. Rebounds--Georgia College 33
(Erin Drynan 9), Francis Marion 36 (Lauryn Bush 11). Assists--Georgia
College 13 (Kenyatta Storms 4; Keyonna Wesley 4), Francis Marion 17 (Abigail
Bullock 5). Total fouls--Georgia College 21, Francis Marion 21. Technical
fouls--None. A-917