Hot-shooting Indians hand Patriot Men season-opening loss

Hot-shooting Indians hand Patriot Men season-opening loss

SALISBURY, NC – Catawba College shot 67.2 percent from the floor to hand the Francis Marion University men's basketball team a 115-82 season-opening defeat, Friday night (Nov. 9) in the Peach Belt Conference/South Atlantic Conference Challenge.

The Patriots (0-1) continue play in the PBC-SAC Challenge on Saturday (Nov. 10) against Newberry College at 4 p.m. FMU's first home game is slated for Thursday (Nov. 15) against Methodist University at 6 p.m. in the Smith University Center.

Senior forward Brandon Parker led the four FMU players in double-figures with 19 points. Senior guard Ryan Davis added 16 points and handed out a team-high four assists, while junior guard Jaquez Smith scored 13 points, one shy of his career-high. Freshman Kailex Stephens came off the bench to score 10 points and grab a team-high five rebounds in his collegiate debut.

Four players scored in double-figures for Catawba (1-0), led by junior Marcell Haskett, who poured in a game-high 26. Junior Malik Constantine scored 19 and nabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Junior Devin Cooper and senior Jameel Taylor chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Francis Marion struggled from the floor early on, connecting on just two of their first 12 field goal attempts. The Patriots' struggles included a stretch of 4:14 without making a shot from the floor, during which Catawba went on a 7-0 run to stretch their early advantage to 19-10.

The Patriots warmed up as the half went on, with Stephens making three straight shots at one point to help close the gap to 12, but Catawba scored eight of the final 10 of the half, including a buzzer-beating layup by senior Jordan McElveen. McElveen's layup stretched the Indians' lead to 18 at 53-35, the largest margin of the half.

FMU began the second half strong, going on a 7-0 run to trim the deficit to 10 in the opening few minutes. Francis Marion cut the lead to 10 several different times, but never could get within single-digits. Just past the halfway point of the second stanza, the Indians went on an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach.

For the evening, FMU forced 14 Catawba turnovers, while turning it over 11 times. The Patriots went the first 10:48 of the second half without committing a turnover. The Indians out-rebounded Francis Marion 45-22, and held a 64-30 edge in points in the paint.

Catawba went 43-for-64 from the field (67.2 percent), including 8-for-17 from beyond the arc. The Indians hit 21 of their 30 free throw attempts. FMU shot 43.1 percent from the floor, hit 10 of 27 three-point tries, and made 16 out of 25 from the charity stripe.

Ten of the 12 Patriots to see action had at least two points.

 

11/09/18 6:00 pm at Salisbury,NC (Goodman Gym)
CATAWBA 115, FRANCIS MARION 82
FRANCIS MARION (0-1)
Brandon Parker 7-14 3-4 19; Ryan Davis 7-14 1-1 16; Jaquez Smith 2-8 7-11
13; Kailex Stephens 4-9 0-0 10; Je'Quan Perry 3-5 0-0 8; Douglas Dwight 1-3
2-2 5; Winston Hill 2-6 0-2 4; Kendall Wall 1-3 1-2 3; Jalen Jordan 1-1 0-0
2; Alex Cox 0-0 2-2 2; Julian Smith 0-1 0-0 0; Gabriel Dickerson 0-1 0-1 0.
Totals 28-65 16-25 82.
CATAWBA (1-0)
Marcell Haskett 9-12 3-3 26; Malik Constantine 6-8 6-6 19; Devin Cooper 3-7
7-8 13; Jameel Taylor 5-9 0-0 10; Daquan Lilly 4-6 0-0 8; Carter Phillips
3-4 0-0 8; RJ Robinson 3-4 2-4 8; Jeremy McLaughlin 3-5 1-4 7; Jordan
McElveen 2-3 1-2 5; Ben Zemonek 2-2 0-0 4; Terrence Whitfield 2-2 0-0 4; DJ
Johnson 1-1 0-0 2; TJ Jeffers 0-0 1-2 1; Ben Bowen 0-0 0-0 0; Tae Cannon 0-0
0-0 0; Larry Curry 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Barber 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 43-64 21-30
115.
Halftime: Catawba 53 Francis Marion 35
3-point goals--Francis Marion 10-27 (Jaquez Smith 2-6; Kailex Stephens 2-3;
Brandon Parker 2-5; Je'Quan Perry 2-4; Douglas Dwight 1-2; Ryan Davis 1-4;
Kendall Wall 0-1; Winston Hill 0-2), Catawba 8-17 (Marcell Haskett 5-7;
Carter Phillips 2-2; Malik Constantine 1-3; Jordan Barber 0-1; Jameel Taylor
0-1; Devin Cooper 0-3). Fouled out--Francis Marion-None, Catawba-None.
Rebounds--Francis Marion 22 (Kailex Stephens 5), Catawba 46 (Malik
Constantine 7). Assists--Francis Marion 8 (Ryan Davis 4), Catawba 20 (Jameel
Taylor 8). Total fouls--Francis Marion 23, Catawba 18. Technical
fouls--None. A-1209