Hill leads six in double figures as FMU outlasts JWU 108-100

Hill leads six in double figures as FMU outlasts JWU 108-100

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore 6-7 center Winston Hill scored 21 points to lead six Patriots in double figures and Francis Marion University held off a late Johnson & Wales University rally to capture a 108-100 non-conference win, Saturday afternoon (Nov. 23) in men's basketball play.

FMU (1-2) will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., this coming weekend for the Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic.  The Patriots will face Eckerd on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the University of Tampa on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.  The next home game for Francis Marion will be its Peach Belt Conference opener against the University of North Georgia on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Hill scored his points on 8-of-15 shooting, while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out a team-high five assists.  Junior forward Kendall Wall tallied career-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds to post his first career double-double, while senior guard Jaquez Smith also scored 18 points. 

Sophomore swingman Alex Cox poured in a career-high 15 points, while junior Kainan Pouncy added 10 points in his Patriot debut.  Freshman Jamal Edmonson came off the FMU bench to chip in a career-high 10 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting.

Senior Robert Hobson led Johnson & Wales (5-2) with 22 points, while CJ Miller scored 19 and Majerle Poole 18.

Francis Marion held a commanding advantage at the free throw line hitting 30-of-38 attempts compared to only 10-of-23 for Johnson & Wales.

The score was knotted at 19-19 with 13 minutes left in the first half.  Edmonson, freshman Derrick Sinkler Jr., and sophomore Gabriel Dickerson combined for a 10-0 run to put the Patriots up 29-19.  However, the Wildcats would erase that deficit and rally to take a 39-38 advantage, and would eventually lead by six (53-47) before Francis Marion closed the gap to 53-52 at intermission.

A 9-3 spurt by the Patriots to open the second stanza produced a 61-56 advantage.  The margin was seven (81-74) at the midway point of the second half when Francis Marion began to pull away.  Two free throws by Smith at the 3:34 mark capped a 20-9 run that gave the Patriots their largest lead at 101-83.

The Wildcats then scored 15 of the game's next 17 points to trim the margin to only five (103-98) with 1:14 left.  FMU drained 5-of-6 free throws over the final 72 seconds to clinch the win.

Francis Marion shot 42.2 percent from the floor, including 8-of-34 from three-point range, while JWU connected on 52.8 percent of its field goal attempts, including 14-of-29 from behind the arc. However, after draining 10 three-pointers in the first half, the Wildcats hit only 4-of-11 in the second stanza.

FMU also converted 21 Wildcat turnovers into 30 points, while committing only 14 turnovers themselves in the fast-paced contest.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Gary Edwards and sophomore center Winston Hill

 

11/23/19 3:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
FRANCIS MARION 108, JOHNSON & WALES UNIV. (CHARLOTTE) 100
JWU (CHARLOTTE) (5-2)
Robert Hobson 8-17 0-0 22; CJ Miller 7-11 3-4 19; Majerle Poole 7-12 2-6 18;
Zyrion Wilkins 6-10 1-5 14; Antonio Smith 3-5 2-3 8; DJ Williams 3-4 0-2 7;
Brandon Kostyk 2-6 0-0 6; Kenyon Scott 2-3 0-1 4; Malik Bullock 0-0 2-2 2;
Fred Patterson 0-0 0-0 0; PJ Gill 0-2 0-0 0; JC Cooper 0-2 0-0 0. Totals
38-72 10-23 100.
FRANCIS MARION (1-2)
Winston Hill 8-15 5-7 21; Jaquez Smith 5-14 6-6 18; Kendall Wall 5-13 7-8
18; Alex Cox 4-7 5-7 15; Kianan Pouncy 4-11 2-3 10; Jamal Edmonson 4-4 1-1
10; Derrick Sinkler Jr. 2-5 2-4 7; Douglas Dwight 1-6 2-2 4; Loginn Norton
1-4 0-0 3; Gabriel Dickerson 1-2 0-0 2; Trey Jones 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-83
30-38 108.
JWU (Charlotte)...............   53   47  -  100
Francis Marion................   52   56  -  108
3-point goals--JWU (Charlotte) 14-29 (Robert Hobson 6-13; Majerle Poole 2-3;
CJ Miller 2-2; Brandon Kostyk 2-5; Zyrion Wilkins 1-3; DJ Williams 1-2; JC
Cooper 0-1), Francis Marion 8-34 (Jaquez Smith 2-7; Alex Cox 2-4; Kendall
Wall 1-3; Derrick Sinkler Jr. 1-4; Loginn Norton 1-4; Jamal Edmonson 1-1;
Trey Jones 0-2; Gabriel Dickerson 0-1; Douglas Dwight 0-2; Kianan Pouncy
0-4; Winston Hill 0-2). Fouled out--JWU (Charlotte)-None, Francis
Marion-Kianan Pouncy. Rebounds--JWU (Charlotte) 42 (Zyrion Wilkins 9),
Francis Marion 49 (Kendall Wall 12). Assists--JWU (Charlotte) 21 (Malik
Bullock 5; Robert Hobson 5), Francis Marion 19 (Winston Hill 5). Total
fouls--JWU (Charlotte) 25, Francis Marion 23. Technical fouls--JWU
(Charlotte)-Robert Hobson; JWU bench, JWU head coach. A-1007