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Men's Basketball misfires in loss to Francis Marion

SALISBURY, NC Ė Jaquan Bracey (Bennettsville, SC) scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high equaling 17 rebounds to lead unbeaten Francis Marion University to a 70-63 win over Catawba College in menís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Patriots are now 7-0, while Catawba falls to 5-6. Neither team shot well from the field, but Francis Marion outrebounded Catawba 51-41 (31-19 in the opening half) and committed only three second-half turnovers to hold off the Indians. The Patriots canned 42% of its shots, improving from 36% in the opening half, while Catawba hit only 34% for the game. Louis McCullough (Goose Creek, SC) added 15 points and hauled down 13 rebounds for FMU, while Randy Williams (Summerville, SC) and David Hawkins (Aurora, IL) each tallied 10 points. Catawba was led by Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND), who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was 11-of-16 at the line. Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) had 11 points and freshman Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, VA) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. After hitting its first three field goal attempts and taking a quick 7-2 lead, Francis Marion suffered through a cold-shooting spell. Catawba erased the early FMU lead and the Indians rallied to take a 19-11 advantage on a layup by Brian Graves (Newport News, VA) with 10:17 left in the half. Catawba owned a 23-17 lead, but Francis Marion closed the half with an 11-2 spurt and retired to the locker room up 28-25. Catawba opened the final stanza with an 18-8 run to take a 43-36 lead. The Patriots answered with eight straight points to lead 44-43. A layup by Phipps with 2:39 left kept the Indians within a point, but FMU scored six straight to take a 68-61 lead with 57 seconds remaining. The Patriots would miss five straight free throws in the final minute, but Catawba managed just a pair of free throws from Magnusson with 30 seconds remaining, which trimmed the lead to 68-63. FMU missed eight of its first nine free throws, before two Jenkins free throws with 6.2 ticks left completed the scoring. #####

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