Stephens leads FMU to 110-63 win in home opener

Stephens leads FMU to 110-63 win in home opener

FLORENCE, SC – Freshman forward Kailex Stephens notched his first career double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds to help Francis Marion University win its home opener 110-63 over Methodist University in non-conference men's basketball action, Thursday night (Nov. 15).

Next up for the Patriots (2-1) is a road trip to face Shaw University on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. FMU returns to the Smith University Center for its Peach Belt Conference opener on Saturday, Dec. 1, against the University of North Georgia at 3:30 p.m.

In only his third game, both of Stephens' totals were career-highs. Senior guard Je'Quan Perry added 18 points, including a team-high four triples. Senior forward Brandon Parker had 17 points and surpassed the 800-point plateau for his career, and moved into a tie for 31st on the FMU scoring list with 811 points.

Senior guard Ryan Davis recorded his first double-double of the campaign, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while junior guard Jaquez Smith dished out a season-high seven assists.  Both junior Kendall Wall and freshman Winston Hill added 12 points apiece.

Guard Dante Burden led Methodist (1-2) with a game-high 27 points. Garren Dearman was the lone other Monarch to score in double-figures, adding 14 and five steals.

After the Monarchs scored the first two points of the evening, Stephens got the Patriots on the board with a dunk to spark an 8-0 spurt which put FMU up 8-2. A Stephens' layup at the 13:50 mark of the first half jump-started another Francis Marion run, this time a 16-0 stretch which extended the advantage to 21, at 27-6. The Patriots led by as many as 33 in the opening stanza, with a 10-0 Monarchs' run helping the visitors trim the halftime margin to 55-31.

Methodist cut the Francis Marion lead to as little as 21 in the second half, but the Patriots ended the game on a 29-4 run to account for the 47-point final margin.

Francis Marion shot 48.7 percent from the field, including 9-of-30 from beyond the arc, and hit 25-of-35 from the charity stripe. Methodist shot 41.0 percent for the night, and made just one three-pointer on 12 attempts. The Monarchs knocked down 12 of their 18 free throw attempts.

The Patriot defense forced a season-high 23 turnovers, which led to 30 points. FMU held a 56-28 advantage on the glass, including a 21-4 edge in offensive rebounds. Francis Marion outscored Methodist 16-4 in second-chance points and 45-17 on fast-break points.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Gary Edwards

 

11/15/18 6:00 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION 110, METHODIST 63
METHODIST (1-2)
Dante Burden 9-20 9-10 27; Garren Dearman 6-14 2-5 14; Sam Mingledoff 2-8
1-2 5; Jalin Graham 2-2 0-0 4; John Baker 2-4 0-1 4; J'Quan Deal 2-3 0-0 4;
Chris Pernell 1-2 0-0 3; Jeff Hintz 1-2 0-0 2; Zaire Edwards 0-0 0-0 0;
Caleb Miles 0-1 0-0 0; Kevin McLaughlin Jr. 0-1 0-0 0; Cam Corey 0-0 0-0 0;
Josh Weaver 0-2 0-0 0; Malik Edwards 0-1 0-0 0; Malik Manley 0-0 0-0 0;
Andrew Steve 0-1 0-0 0; Kaymon Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 12-18 63.
FRANCIS MARION (2-1)
Kailex Stephens 9-18 2-2 20; Je'Quan Perry 6-11 2-3 18; Brandon Parker 6-12
4-4 17; Winston Hill 2-4 8-11 12; Kendall Wall 5-9 1-2 12; Ryan Davis 3-6
4-8 10; Jaquez Smith 3-7 0-1 7; Alex Cox 1-4 2-2 5; Douglas Dwight 2-2 0-0
5; Jalen Jordan 1-5 2-2 4; Julian Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Gabriel Dickerson 0-0 0-0
0. Totals 38-78 25-35 110.
Halftime: Francis Marion 55 Methodist 31
3-point goals--Methodist 1-12 (Chris Pernell 1-2; Garren Dearman 0-2; Sam
Mingledoff 0-2; Kevin McLaughlin Jr. 0-1; Dante Burden 0-5), Francis Marion
9-30 (Je'Quan Perry 4-8; Kendall Wall 1-2; Douglas Dwight 1-1; Alex Cox 1-4;
Jaquez Smith 1-4; Brandon Parker 1-5; Jalen Jordan 0-3; Ryan Davis 0-2;
Kailex Stephens 0-1). Fouled out--Methodist-None, Francis Marion-None.
Rebounds--Methodist 28 (J'Quan Deal 5), Francis Marion 57 (Kailex Stephens
14). Assists--Methodist 5 (Garren Dearman 3), Francis Marion 27 (Jaquez
Smith 7). Total fouls--Methodist 24, Francis Marion 16. Technical
fouls--None. A-1007