DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Junior forward Warren Specht scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds coming off the bench to help lead Francis Marion University to a 77-75 overtime victory over Auburn University at Montgomery, Friday evening (Nov. 25) in the opening game of the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout at Embry-Riddle University.
Francis Marion improves to 2-3 and advances to Saturday's championship game at 7 p.m. against the Embry-Riddle/Saint Augustine's University winner.
Specht connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts to lead three Patriots in double figures. Junior guard Detrek Browning tallied 16 points, seven assists, and six rebounds, while committing only one turnover in 41 minutes of action.
FMU senior 6-8 center Kenneth Jackson scored a career-high 15 points for the second time in the last three games. The Mullins native also grabbed six rebounds while joining Specht in coming off the Patriot bench. Daniel Bridges added nine points and hauled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Reserve Julius McCoy paced the Warhawks (0-5) with 15 points, while Desmond DeRamus and Darrion Taylor each scored 14 points and Jarett Croff registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
In the overtime period, Patriot junior forward Judah Alexander broke a 70-70 deadlock with a pair of free throws with 1:35 left. FMU then got a pair of defense stops perpetrated by Specht with a steal and a blocked shot. Jackson followed with a fast-break dunk that upped the advantage to 74-70.
A three-pointer by Taylor trimmed the margin to 74-73, but Browning hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 36 seconds and Taylor missed a potential tying three-pointer just before the final buzzer to hand FMU the win.
AUM took an early 13-7 lead only to see Francis Marion rally to knot the score at 16-16 and later lead at 23-19. The Warhawks answered with an 11-3 spurt to go back on top 30-26. A three-pointer by McCoy with only seconds remaining before the halftime horn gave Auburn-Montgomery a 35-32 lead at intermission.
The Warhawks extended their lead to 39-32, but Francis Marion responded with a 15-7 run that gave the Patriots a 47-46 lead after a bucket in the lane by Bridges with 13:17 remaining. Neither team would lead by more than one possession during the remainder of regulation.
A stick-back hoop by Alexander gave FMU a 66-64 advantage with 51 ticks left, but Croff answered with a game-tying dunk at the other end. Browning's three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation was off line and the game went to the extra session.
Francis Marion shot 43.1 percent from the field, including 5-of-21 from beyond the three-point arc, and hit 22-of-27 shots at the foul line. Auburn-Montgomery connected on 40.0 percent of its field goal attempts, was 13-of-34 from long range, but only 6-of-7 at the free throw line. The Patriots outrebounded the Warhawks 45-35.
11/25/16 5 PM at ICI Center - Daytona Beach, Fla.
FRANCIS MARION 77, AUBURN MONTGOMERY 75
FRANCIS MARION (2-3)
Warren Specht 7-12 5-5 20; Detrek Browning 4-13 7-8 16; Kenneth Jackson 6-16
2-2 15; Judah Alexander 3-4 3-4 9; Daniel Bridges 2-3 5-7 9; Josh Council
2-4 0-1 5; Brandon Parker 1-6 0-0 3; Tomas Hilmarsson 0-0 0-0 0; John
Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0; Jaquez Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 22-27 77.
AUBURN MONTGOMERY (0-5)
McCoy,Julius 5-11 1-1 15; DeRamus,Desmond 4-10 4-5 14; Taylor,Darrion 5-11
0-0 14; Croff,Jarett 5-9 0-0 10; Eager,Romoane 3-9 0-0 6; Bryant,Michael 2-7
1-1 6; James-Core,Lafayette 2-6 0-0 5; Ferguson,Chandler 2-3 0-0 5;
Jackson,Marcus 0-4 0-0 0; Hornbuckle,Kameron 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 6-7 75.
Halftime: Auburn-Montgomery 35, Francis Marion 32. Regulation 66-66.
3-point goals--Francis Marion 5-21 (Brandon Parker 1-3; Josh Council 1-2;
Kenneth Jackson 1-5; Detrek Browning 1-6; Warren Specht 1-4; Daniel Bridges
0-1), Auburn Montgomery 13-34 (Taylor,Darrion 4-9; McCoy,Julius 4-8;
DeRamus,Desmond 2-4; Ferguson,Chandler 1-2; Bryant,Michael 1-4;
James-Core,Lafayette 1-3; Eager,Romoane 0-3; Croff,Jarett 0-1). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Auburn Montgomery-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion
45 (Daniel Bridges 10), Auburn Montgomery 35 (Croff,Jarett 14).
Assists--Francis Marion 17 (Detrek Browning 7), Auburn Montgomery 19
(Jackson,Marcus 4). Total fouls--Francis Marion 12, Auburn Montgomery 22.
Technical fouls--Francis Marion-Judah Alexander. A-212