Patriot Men fall to Eckerd 89-76 in Thanksgiving Classic

Patriot Men fall to Eckerd 89-76 in Thanksgiving Classic

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – An 8-0 run in the first half and an 11-0 spurt in the second half spurred Eckerd College to an 89-76 win over Francis Marion University, Friday night (Nov. 29) on the first night of Eckerd's Thanksgiving Men's Basketball Classic.

Francis Marion (1-3) will face the University of Tampa on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on the final day of the event.  Tampa defeated Bemidji State University 60-49 in Friday's opening contest.

Senior point guard Jaquez Smith led FMU with 17 points, while junior forward Kendall Wall tallied 15 points and seven rebounds.  Sophomore 6-7 center Winston Hill posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while sophomore guard Alex Cox added 10 points.

Admir Radoncic led four Eckerd (4-2) players in double figures with 19 points.

FMU grabbed an early 8-7 advantage after a Smith three-pointer, but the Tritons answered with the 8-0 run to go ahead for good at 15-8. The margin would reach 25-15 before the Patriots rallied to within 29-27 following a lay-up by senior guard Douglas Dwight at the 3:49 mark.

However, Eckerd outscored FMU 9-2 over the final 2:40 of the opening half to assume a 40-31 lead at halftime.

The Tritons would lead by as many as 11 early in the second stanza, but again the Patriots put together a comeback.  A lay-in by Cox drew Francis Marion to within 52-46 with 14:33 remaining.  Eckerd then used its 11-0 run to open a commanding 63-46 lead.

The deficit would reach 19 before a three-pointer by Wall capped an FMU outburst that got the Patriots to within 82-70 with 4:16 left.  However, FMU would not seriously threaten after that point although a three-pointer by Hill did get the margin under double figures briefly at the 1:18 mark.

Francis Marion shot 37.7 percent from the floor, including 11-of-31 from behind the three-point arc, and hit 7-of-10 free throws.  Eckerd connected on 51.6 percent of its field goal attempts, including 10-23 from long range, and made 15-of-20 attempts at the foul line.

 

11/29/19 7:30 pm at St. Petersburg, FL (Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic)
ECKERD 89, FRANCIS MARION 76
FRANCIS MARION (1-3)
Jaquez Smith 6-15 0-0 17; Kendall Wall 5-14 3-3 15; Winston Hill 6-20 0-0
13; Alex Cox 3-7 3-3 10; Kianan Pouncy 4-10 0-0 9; Trey Jones 2-3 1-2 5;
Douglas Dwight 2-4 0-0 4; Loginn Norton 1-1 0-0 3; Jamal Edmonson 0-1 0-0 0;
Derrick Sinkler Jr. 0-2 0-2 0; Gabriel Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-77
7-10 76.
ECKERD (4-2)
Admir Radoncic 8-14 3-6 19; Travis Bianco 4-10 7-7 18; Malcolm Whitlow 5-11
2-2 13; Kristiyan Stavrev 4-5 0-0 11; Myron Hagins 4-11 1-3 9; O'Shane
Taylor-Dougl 4-6 0-0 8; Phillip Cirillo 2-2 2-2 8; Dante Love 1-3 0-0 3.
Totals 32-62 15-20 89.
Francis Marion............   31   45  -   76
Eckerd........................   40   49  -   89
3-point goals--Francis Marion 11-31 (Jaquez Smith 5-10; Kendall Wall 2-6;
Alex Cox 1-3; Loginn Norton 1-1; Kianan Pouncy 1-4; Winston Hill 1-4;
Derrick Sinkler Jr. 0-1; Douglas Dwight 0-1; Trey Jones 0-1), Eckerd 10-23
(Travis Bianco 3-6; Kristiyan Stavrev 3-4; Phillip Cirillo 2-2; Malcolm
Whitlow 1-4; Dante Love 1-2; Myron Hagins 0-4; Admir Radoncic 0-1). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Eckerd-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 40 (Winston
Hill 14), Eckerd 41 (Travis Bianco 13). Assists--Francis Marion 9 (Jaquez
Smith 2; Winston Hill 2; Kianan Pouncy 2), Eckerd 20 (Malcolm Whitlow 8).
Total fouls--Francis Marion 16, Eckerd 13. Technical fouls--Alex Cox. A-154