Lakers hold off FMU, 102-98
The Columbia tandem of junior Keith Matthews and sophomore Winston Hill combined for 55 points and 29 rebounds, but Francis Marion came up just short with a late rally, falling 102-98 to Clayton State Saturday in Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball action.
FMU is in the midst of a three-game road trip and will play at Georgia College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Matthews led the Patriots with 28 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Hill tallied 27 points and 15 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the year. Both rebound totals were new career highs for the two players.
FMU sophomore swingman Trey Jones pumped in a career-high 18 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, coming off the Patriot bench. Sophomore Alex Cox added 10 points and senior point guard Jaquez Smith against flirted with a triple-double as he recorded nine points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
Six Lakers scored in double-digits led by Byron Abrams with 20 points.
Clayton State led by as many as 11 points in the opening half, but Francis Marion trimmed the margin to 48-42 at halftime. The lead swelled to 10 midway through the second half, but the Patriots rallied to deadlock the contest at 81-81 on a fast-break lay-in by Matthews with 5:58 left. A dunk by Matthews again tied the game (83-83), but the Lakers took the lead for good 24 seconds later when Kyle Kincey converted a lay-up.
An inside hoop by Hill got FMU to within 100-98 with nine seconds left, but Bryan Hart sealed the decision with a pair of free throws.
FMU held a commanding 54-36 rebounding edge and a resulting 27-9 advantage in second-chance points.
Francis Marion 58
Clayton State 76
Clayton State used double-digit margins in the second and third quarters to secure a 76-58 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion Saturday in women’s basketball action.
The Patriots (11-11, 7-9) will continue their three-game road swing at Georgia College Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Junior forward Kiana Adderton led FMU with 17 points and 10 rebounds to register her fifth double-double of the season. The Myrtle Beach native connected on 7-of-13 field goal attempts. Junior guard Macy Passmore and sophomore center Zaria Woods added nine points apiece, with Woods also hauling down nine rebounds.
Taneria Wilson led four Clayton State players in double figures with 21 points.
Francis Marion trailed by only one after the first quarter, 15-14, but the Lakers expanded their lead over the next two 10-minute periods.