Patriots remain unbeaten with 88-76 win at UNG

Patriots remain unbeaten with 88-76 win at UNG

DAHLONEGA, GA – Senior guard Detrek Browning scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half and junior Ryan Davis posted his first double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead unbeaten Francis Marion University to an 88-76 road win over the University of North Georgia, Saturday (Dec. 2) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

FMU improves to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Peach Belt. The start is the best since the 2010-11 squad also opened 5-0.  Francis Marion received votes in each of the Division II Top-25 polls this past week.

The Patriots now break for exams before returning to action on Dec. 13 with a road contest at the University of Mount Olive.  The next home game for Francis Marion will be Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. against Georgia Southwestern State University.

Browning managed only 3-of-7 shooting in the opening half, but hit 5-of-10 shots over the final 20 minutes, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point arc.  He also scored eight consecutive FMU points in a key second-half run.

Davis hit 6-of-10 shots and added three steals to his career-high equaling point total.  Junior Brandon Parker chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds, while three Patriots scored nine points apiece: senior Warren Specht, junior Kingsley Nwagboso, and sophomore Jaquez Smith.

Ephraim Tshimanga led North Georgia (2-5, 0-1) with 24 points and eight assists, while Shaquan Cantrell tallied 18 points and nine rebounds.

Holding a slim 18-17 advantage, Francis Marion used a 17-5 spurt to take a 35-22 lead with 4:58 left in the first half.  FMU owned a 44-32 lead at halftime behind a balanced attack led by Davis' eight points.

The Nighthawks opened the second half with an 8-0 run to trim the margin to 44-40, but Browning answered with his own 8-0 run to restore the 12-point margin at 52-40.

Two three throws by Browning gave Francis Marion a 16-point cushion (73-57) with 9:45 remaining.

North Georgia gradually got back into the game and after Tshimanga scored on layup with 2:03 on the clock, the margin was six at 80-74. Following a Patriot turnover, the Nighthawks had a chance to cut the lead in half, but missed on a three-pointer.  Smith scored on a lay-in to put FMU up 82-74, but Tshimanga made two free throws to bring UNG to within six with 53 ticks left.

A free throw by Browning and an inside hoop by FMU junior Victor Hunt gave the Patriots a commanding 85-76 advantage.

Francis Marion connected on 51.6 percent of its field goal attempts, including 8-of-15 from three-point range, and was 14-of-24 at the foul line.  UNG shot 45.9 percent, was 10-of-25 from long range, and made 10-of-14 charity tosses. The Patriots outrebounded the Nighthawks 38-26.


12-2-17 3:30 PM at Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.
Detrek Browning 8-17 4-5 24; Ryan Davis 6-10 3-7 16; Brandon Parker 5-14 1-2
12; Kingsley Nwagboso 3-7 3-4 9; Jaquez Smith 3-5 2-2 9; Warren Specht 4-7
0-2 9; Victor Hunt 3-3 0-0 6; Kendall Wall 1-1 1-2 3; Joshua Oliver 0-0 0-0
0. Totals 33-64 14-24 88.
Ephraim Tshimanga 8-9 6-6 24; Shaquan Cantrell 7-14 3-6 18; Ebo Smith 3-8
0-0 9; Carrod Watson 3-10 1-2 8; Bennett Fuzak 2-4 0-0 6; Quincy Poitier 2-3
0-0 5; Tyler Dominy 1-3 0-0 2; Lanre Olatunji 1-3 0-0 2; Tyler Dean 1-7 0-0
2; Colin Cotter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 10-14 76.
Halftime: Francis Marion 44 North Georgia 32
3-point goals--Francis Marion 8-15 (Detrek Browning 4-6; Warren Specht 1-2;
Ryan Davis 1-1; Jaquez Smith 1-2; Brandon Parker 1-4), University of North
Georgia 10-25 (Ebo Smith 3-6; Ephraim Tshimanga 2-3; Bennett Fuzak 2-4;
Carrod Watson 1-7; Quincy Poitier 1-1; Shaquan Cantrell 1-2; Tyler Dean
0-2). Fouled out--Francis Marion-None, University of North Georgia-None.
Rebounds--Francis Marion 38 (Ryan Davis 12), University of North Georgia 26
(Shaquan Cantrell 9). Assists--Francis Marion 11 (Jaquez Smith 2; Brandon
Parker 2; Ryan Davis 2; Victor Hunt 2), University of North Georgia 16
(Ephraim Tshimanga 8). Total fouls--Francis Marion 14, University of North
Georgia 17. Technical fouls—North Georgia-TEAM. A-236