Buzzer-beating tip-in sends FMU Men to heart-breaking loss

Buzzer-beating tip-in sends FMU Men to heart-breaking loss

MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Francis Marion University erased a 16-point deficit over the final 5:26 only to have a tip-in just before the buzzer by Johnny Hughes III hand the University of Mount Olive a 77-75 non-conference victory, Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 17) in men's basketball action.

Francis Marion (1-5) will open Peach Belt Conference play on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. when the Patriots entertain the University of North Georgia. General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, but fans bringing a medium or large teddy bear to the game will gain free admittance for four people.  The bears will go to the Windy Hill Fire Department.

Sophomore 6-7 center Winston Hill led FMU with 26 points and 11 rebounds.  While posting his third double-double of the young season, he came within one point of his career-high point total. Junior forward Kainan Pouncy scored 17 points and senior point guard Jaquez Smith tallied 12 points and six assists.  Junior forward Kendall Wall added nine points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.

Darius Spragley paced three Trojans (7-5) in double figures with 16 points.

A three-point play by Alan Treakle staked Mount Olive to a 71-55 lead with 5:26 remaining in the contest.  Nine points by Hill then sparked a 20-4 Francis Marion run that knotted the contest at 75-75.  Hill fed Pouncy for a contested lay-in with seven seconds left to cap the rally and tie the score.

Following an FMU timeout, the Trojans quickly brought the ball up the floor and Jonathan Mebane missed a 17-foot jumper from the left side and Michael Brown was unsuccessful on an initial tip try, before Hughes dropped the ball through the hoop just prior to the horn sounding. 

Francis Marion shot 41.3 percent from the floor and made 19-of-24 free throw attempts.  Mount Olive connected on 46.4 percent of its field goal attempts, including 9-of-20 three-point shots, and was 16-of-22 at the charity line.

FMU held its only lead of the contest at 4-3 before the Trojans put together a 13-1 spurt that produced a 16-5 deficit.  The margin would reach 14 points at 31-17, but Francis Marion rallied with a 11-3 run to trim the score to 34-28 at intermission.

The Patriots got to within four points on four occasions early in the second stanza, the final time at 55-51 after a three-point play by Wall at the 9:55 mark.  UMO then scored 16 of the game's next 20 points to open the 71-55 advantage.

 

12/17/19 12:00 pm at Mount Olive, NC (Kornegay Arena)
MOUNT OLIVE 77, FRANCIS MARION 75
FRANCIS MARION (1-5)
Winston Hill 9-15 8-10 26; Kainan Pouncy 6-13 5-5 17; Jaquez Smith 3-11 5-6
12; Kendall Wall 4-11 1-3 9; Douglas Dwight 2-5 0-0 6; Gabriel Dickerson 1-2
0-0 3; Alex Cox 1-6 0-0 2; Quinten Thomas 0-0 0-0 0; Jamal Edmonson 0-0 0-0
0; Loginn Norton 0-0 0-0 0; Trey Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 19-24 75.
MOUNT OLIVE (7-4)
Darius Spragley 6-8 2-2 16; Leland Richardson 4-5 3-7 11; Alan Treakle 2-7
5-7 10; Jonathan Mebane 2-7 2-2 8; Michael Brown 2-6 2-2 7; Calvin
Washington 3-6 0-0 7; Matthias Caver 3-5 0-0 7; Johnny Hughes III 2-5 2-2 6;
Cameron Robinson 2-6 0-0 5; Jeremiah Phifer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 16-22 77.
Halftime: Mount Olive 34 Francis Marion 28
3-point goals--Francis Marion 4-17 (Douglas Dwight 2-3; Gabriel Dickerson
1-1; Jaquez Smith 1-4; Alex Cox 0-4; Kendall Wall 0-1; Kainan Pouncy 0-4),
Mount Olive 9-20 (Darius Spragley 2-3; Jonathan Mebane 2-5; Alan Treakle
1-3; Cameron Robinson 1-3; Calvin Washington 1-2; Michael Brown 1-1;
Matthias Caver 1-1; Jeremiah Phifer 0-1; Johnny Hughes III 0-1). Fouled
out--None. Rebounds--FMU 37 (Winston Hill 11), UMO 37 (Matthias Caver 6;
Leland Richardson 6). Assists—FMU 13 (Jaquez Smith 6), UMO 15 (Michael
Brown 8). Total fouls--FMU 22, UMO 20. Technical fouls--None. A-871