Career-highs abound as Patriots outlast Mountain Lions 117-111

Career-highs abound as Patriots outlast Mountain Lions 117-111

FLORENCE, SC – Four different players recorded career-highs, including 28 from sophomore center Winston Hill, as Francis Marion University outscored Young Harris College 117-111, Saturday (Dec. 21) evening in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

Francis Marion improves to 3-5 overall and 2-0 in conference with its second win in three days. The Patriots will travel to Fayetteville State University after the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 2, for a 2 p.m. tip-off in non-conference play. The squad will then return to PBC play and travel to Columbus State University (Jan. 4) and USC Aiken (Jan. 8), before hosting Lander University on Jan. 11.

Hill connected on 9-of-13 field goal attempts and was 10-of-12 at the free throw line. He also hauled down 13 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the year and the sixth of his young career.  Junior forward Kendall Wall also registered a double-double, his second of the year, with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

FMU guards Alex Cox (19 points), Douglas Dwight (17), and Trey Jones (12) all recorded career highs for the Patriots.  Dwight, a senior, has three double-digit scoring games in his career, all coming against the Mountain Lions.  Cox finished 5-of-13 from behind the three-point arc, while Dwight was 4-of-7.

Young Harris (2-8, 0-2) had four players scoring in double figures led by junior guard Seth McCoy with 27 points.  Senior point guard Brian Harper scored 19 points and handed out 13 assists, while senior guards Paul Miller (12) and Ryle Owens (10) also had double-digit scoring days for the Mountain Lions.

FMU opened the game with an 8-0 spurt and never trailed in the opening half.  The Mountain Lions did rally and tied the game at 24-24 with eight minutes left before halftime. The Patriots responded with 10 straight points, including five by Hill. The run was capped by a dunk by Wall.

A pair of free throws by Wall gave Francis Marion its largest lead of the half at 46-32, before FMU took a 54-43 margin into the locker room at intermission.

A fast-break jumper in the lane by senior point guard Jaquez Smith put the Patriots up by 19 at 83-64 with 11:10 still remaining in the contest. Smith finished with eight points and a career-high equaling nine assists. A furious rally by Young Harris resulted in the Mountain Lions taking their first lead of the contest at 102-101 following a three-pointer by McCoy.

The two teams traded buckets before the Patriots reassumed the lead at 106-104 on a three-pointer by Dwight.  The margin was three entering the final 25 seconds, and the Patriots drained five of six free throws to seal the victory.

The Patriots shot 50 percent from the floor, including 14-of-35 from behind the arc (40.0%), and made 33-of-43 free throws. Young Harris connected on 48.1 percent of its field goals – 17-of-44 on three-point attempts – and connected on 20-of-28 free throws.

Interestingly, each team received 45 points from its bench players.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Gary Edwards and senior guard Douglas Dwight

   

 

12/21/19 3:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION 117, YOUNG HARRIS 111
YOUNG HARRIS (2-8,0-2 Peach Be)
Seth McCoy 9-12 1-2 27; Brian Harper 8-15 2-3 19; Paul Miller 2-5 8-8 12;
Ryle Owens 4-8 0-2 10; Jacorie Archie 3-7 0-0 9; T.J. Jeffers 2-3 4-7 8;
Brandon Beloti 3-6 0-0 6; Kristian Collins 2-3 1-1 6; Miki Tadic 2-8 1-1 6;
Nate Louis 1-3 3-4 5; Brian Free 1-5 0-0 3; Makiah Fox 0-1 0-0 0; Gonzalo
Gonzalvo 0-1 0-0 0; Miles Long 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-77 20-28 111.
FRANCIS MARION (3-5,2-0 Peach Be)
Winston Hill 9-13 10-12 28; Alex Cox 6-14 2-2 19; Douglas Dwight 5-9 3-4 17;
Kendall Wall 3-8 6-8 12; Trey Jones 3-4 4-5 12; Gabriel Dickerson 3-5 2-2 9;
Jaquez Smith 1-6 6-6 8; Keith Matthews 3-5 0-0 7; Kainan Pouncy 2-4 0-0 5;
Quinten Thomas 0-2 0-0 0; Jamal Edmonson 0-0 0-4 0; Loginn Norton 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 35-70 33-43 117.
Young Harris..................   43   68  -  111
Francis Marion................   54   63  -  117
3-point goals--Young Harris 17-44 (Seth McCoy 8-11; Jacorie Archie 3-5; Ryle
Owens 2-6; Miki Tadic 1-7; Brian Free 1-4; Brian Harper 1-3; Kristian
Collins 1-2; Gonzalo Gonzalvo 0-1; Nate Louis 0-1; Brandon Beloti 0-1; T.J.
Jeffers 0-1; Paul Miller 0-2), Francis Marion 14-35 (Alex Cox 5-13; Douglas
Dwight 4-7; Trey Jones 2-2; Kainan Pouncy 1-2; Keith Matthews 1-2; Gabriel
Dickerson 1-1; Quinten Thomas 0-2; Jaquez Smith 0-4; Kendall Wall 0-1;
Winston Hill 0-1). Fouled out--Young Harris-Ryle Owens; Brandon Beloti; Nate
Louis, Francis Marion-None. Rebounds--Young Harris 36 (Paul Miller 7),
Francis Marion 48 (Winston Hill 13). Assists--Young Harris 21 (Brian Harper
13), Francis Marion 26 (Jaquez Smith 9). Total fouls--Young Harris 34,
Francis Marion 20. Technical fouls--None. A-653