Mountain Lions hand FMU its first loss

Mountain Lions hand FMU its first loss

YOUNG HARRIS, GA – Young Harris College connected on nearly 59 percent of its field goal attempts and the Mountain Lions never trailed while handing 23rd-ranked Francis Marion University its first loss of the season 95-80, Saturday (Dec. 30) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

The Patriot men fall to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.  Francis Marion will play at USC Aiken on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to host Clayton State University on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 3:30 p.m.

The season-opening 8-0 start equaled the second-best in program history.

Junior guard Ryan Davis paced FMU with a career-high 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.  Senior guard Detrek Browning scored 18 points to draw within 29 points of the Patriot career scoring record.  Junior Brandon Parker added 15 points.

Antonio Wade led Young Harris (3-8, 2-3) with 20 points and 10 assists as six Mountain Lions scored in double digits.

Young Harris scored the game's opening eight points and never trailed.  The Mountain Lions led by as many as 15 points in the first half before settling for a 38-27 advantage at halftime. 

Seven straight points after the break pushed the margin to 18 at 45-27 before the Patriots mounted a rally.  A bucket by senior Judah Alexander drew FMU to within five at 52-47 with 13:03 remaining, but Young Harris responded with a 6-0 spurt and the Mountain Lions were not seriously threatened after that.

FMU connected on 40 percent of its field goal attempts and was 12-of-17 at the foul line.

 

12-30-17 3:55 p.m. at YHC Basketball Arena | Young Harris, Ga.
YOUNG HARRIS 95, FRANCIS MARION 80
FRANCIS MARION (8-1 | 3-1 PBC)
Ryan Davis 10-22 6-9 26; Detrek Browning 6-16 4-5 18; Brandon Parker 6-15
2-2 15; Judah Alexander 4-7 0-1 8; Victor Hunt 3-5 0-0 6; Jaquez Smith 2-6
0-0 5; Kingsley Nwagboso 1-2 0-0 2; Warren Specht 0-4 0-0 0; Kendall Wall
0-3 0-0 0. Totals 32-80 12-17 80.
YOUNG HARRIS (3-8 | 2-3 PBC)
Antonio Wade 7-11 6-7 20; Nicksen Blanc 7-9 2-4 16; J.B. Charles 6-9 0-0 15;
Ben Waterhouse 5-13 3-3 14; Corey Nelson 5-9 2-2 12; Demari Edwards 1-3 8-10
10; Angus Howey 2-2 2-4 6; Greg Murphy 0-0 2-2 2; James Laput 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 33-56 25-32 95.
Francis Marion................   27   53  -   80
Young Harris..................   38   57  -   95
3-point goals--Francis Marion 4-23 (Detrek Browning 2-7; Jaquez Smith 1-3;
Brandon Parker 1-6; Warren Specht 0-2; Kendall Wall 0-2; Victor Hunt 0-1;
Judah Alexander 0-1; Ryan Davis 0-1), Young Harris 4-13 (J.B. Charles 3-5;
Ben Waterhouse 1-4; Demari Edwards 0-1; Antonio Wade 0-3). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Young Harris-Corey Nelson; J.B. Charles.
Rebounds--Francis Marion 42 (Ryan Davis 11), Young Harris 35 (Corey Nelson
9). Assists--Francis Marion 16 (Ryan Davis 4; Jaquez Smith 4), Young Harris
23 (Antonio Wade 10). Total fouls--Francis Marion 22, Young Harris 21.
Technical fouls--Francis Marion-None, Young Harris-None. A-402