Parker propels Patriots to big 99-84 win

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore swingman Brandon Parker scored a career-high 22 points as all five Francis Marion University starters scored in double figures and the Patriots cruised to a 99-84 victory over Columbus State University, Monday afternoon (Jan. 16) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

FMU (6-10, 2-6) snaps a three-game skid while registering its second-highest point total of the season.  The Patriots will play host to Augusta University on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center.

Junior point guard Detrek Browning led the Patriots with 23 points, while handing out a career-high 11 assists.  With seven rebounds, the 6-0 Columbia native threatened for the second game in a row to register a triple-double.  On Saturday, he connected on his first nine field goal attempts.

Parker also handed out five assists, while shooting 7-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-6 at the foul line.  His previous career-high was 10 set on Wednesday at USC Aiken.

Junior forward Judah Alexander scored 16 points, while junior forward Daniel Bridges tallied career-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds and senior center Kenneth Jackson added 13 points as the five Patriot starters accounted for 89 points.

The Patriots also recorded 32 assists on their 39 buckets while only committing nine turnovers.

John Lambert came off the Columbus State bench to lead the Cougars (11-4, 4-4) with 19 points – all in the second half -- and was 5-of-6 behind the three-point arc.  JaCori Payne chipped in 17 points.

The opening seven minutes saw the two teams trade the lead on eight occasions.  A lay-in by Alexander at the 12:42 mark gave FMU a 15-14 lead, an advantage the Patriots would not relinquish.  That fast-break hoop also ignited an 8-1 spurt that put FMU on top 21-15.

Columbus State trimmed the margin to 21-19 with 9:12 left before halftime, but Francis Marion responded with a 14-2 run that consisted of nine points from Browning and five from Parker and the Patriot lead swelled to 35-21.

FMU then closed the half on a 15-2 spurt over the final 4:40 that left the Patriots holding a 52-27 advantage at intermission.  Francis Marion connected on 66.7 percent of its shots over the first 20 minutes, while CSU struggled with 32.3 percent.

The margin quickly expanded to 36 early in the second stanza after a dunk by Alexander at the 17:35 mark.  A 19-9 run by the Cougars over the game's final 4:30 brought the margin under 20 points.

For the game, FMU shot a season-high 59.1 percent from the floor, including 9-of-21 from three-point range, and the Patriots made 12-of-18 free throws.  CSU connected on 42.4 percent of its field goal attempts, was 13-of-28 from behind the arc, and hit 17-of-29 free throws.

The Patriots also held a commanding 48-14 edge in points in the paint.

 

1/16/17 4:00 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 99, COLUMBUS STATE 84
COLUMBUS STATE (11-4 , 4-4 PBC)
John Lambert 5-8 4-6 19; JaCori Payne 5-10 4-4 17; Ryan Burnett 4-8 3-7 12;
Arben Camaj 3-7 0-0 7; Vic Ellis 2-5 0-0 6; Michael Graham 3-6 0-0 6; Darius
Joell 2-7 0-2 5; Markis Boyd 1-4 3-4 5; Marcus Dixon 2-6 0-0 4; Jamal McKee
0-3 3-6 3; Jeremy Wright 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Jedneski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-64
17-29 84.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (6-10 , 2-6 PBC)
Detrek Browning 9-13 2-3 23; Brandon Parker 7-14 6-6 22; Judah Alexander
8-13 0-0 16; Daniel Bridges 6-11 2-2 15; Kenneth Jackson 6-8 0-0 13; Warren
Specht 3-5 2-2 10; Jaquez Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Samson Nnaji 0-0 0-2 0; Josh
Council 0-1 0-0 0; Nigel Holley 0-1 0-3 0. Totals 39-66 12-18 99.
Halftime: Francis Marion 52 Columbus State 27
3-point goals--Columbus State 13-28 (John Lambert 5-6; JaCori Payne 3-5; Vic
Ellis 2-4; Ryan Burnett 1-2; Arben Camaj 1-4; Darius Joell 1-4; Jamal McKee
0-1; Markis Boyd 0-2), Francis Marion University 9-21 (Detrek Browning 3-4;
Warren Specht 2-3; Brandon Parker 2-7; Daniel Bridges 1-4; Kenneth Jackson
1-2; Josh Council 0-1). Fouled out--Columbus State-None, Francis Marion
University-None. Rebounds--Columbus State 32 (Michael Graham 6), Francis
Marion University 39 (Daniel Bridges 11). Assists--Columbus State 19 (Marcus
Dixon 5), Francis Marion University 32 (Detrek Browning 11). Total
fouls--Columbus State 20, Francis Marion University 20. Technical
fouls--Columbus State-Markis Boyd. A-693