November 13, 2015
Last Second Shot Sinks Men's Basketball in Opener
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Mike Davis hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give host Francis Marion a 71-68 win over Catawba at the SAC/PBC Challenge at the Smith University Center on Friday afternoon. The game marked the season opener for both teams.
After leading nearly the entire game, the Patriots had to rally in the final minutes from a five-point deficit to take the win. FMU trailed 68-63 with 1:29 left, but canned 5-of-6 from the line over the next 30 seconds to pull even. Following a Catawba miss, the Patriots got the final shot and Davis’ long range jumper proved to be the winner. The Indians could not get off a shot in the final second.
Davis finished with 14 points and canned three 3-pointers. A.J. Jackson came off the bench to score 14 points, while Detrek Browning scored a dozen. Mykel Harris collected a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna HS) led Catawba with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg HS) tossed in 13 points with eight boards. Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel HS/Delaware St.) added nine points and four assists.
Francis Marion got out quickly, leading 9-2 after three minutes. Taylor had Catawba within 20-17 on a jumper with 8:41 to go in the half, but the Patriots would use an 11-2 run to lead 34-23 late in the half. FMU held a 39-32 edge at the break.
Catawba would battle back and take its first lead at 48-47 with 13:35 to go on a three-pointer by Taylor. FMU responded with a six-point run to lead 53-48 with 9:58 remaining.
Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS) put the Indians up 64-63 with 2:33 left and Brown followed with a steal and layup to make it 66-63. After a Warren steal, Taylor hit two free throws with 1:42 remaining, but the Indians failed to score over the final 1:42 of the game.
Browning made one free throw with 1:29 left and Davis added two more at the line at the 1:16 mark following a Catawba turnover. The Indians missed a shot on its next possession and Browning went to the line with 59 seconds left and made two to tie the game. Taylor missed with 31 seconds remaining and FMU got the rebound then canned the winner in the final seconds.
Catawba shot 45% in the second half in rallying back. FMU went 9-of-23 (39%) from behind the arc, while the Indians hit just 4-of-18 (22%). The Patriots out-rebounded Catawba by four, but did have 18 turnovers to just nine for the Indians.
Catawba is back in action on Saturday as the Indians face NABC preseason 13th-ranked UNC Pembroke at 5:30 pm.
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