Hill and Smith combined for 42 in FMU loss to regionally ranked Jags

Hill and Smith combined for 42 in FMU loss to regionally ranked Jags

FLORENCE, SC – A trio of double-digit scorers helped Francis Marion University stay close to regionally ranked Augusta University until early in the second half, but the Jaguars pulled away  to claim an 87-67 win, Wednesday evening (Feb. 12) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball play.

Francis Marion will begin a 3-game road trip starting this weekend (Saturday, Feb. 15) at Clayton State University with a 3:30 tip-off. The Patriots will then travel to Georgia College on Feb. 19 and Lander University on Feb. 22, before returning to host UNC Pembroke for Senior Night on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The Patriots were led by sophomore 6-7 center Winston Hill with 22 points and seven rebounds.  In the process, he surpassed 700 points for his career and moved into 38th place on the FMU career scoring list with 718 points.

Senior guard Jaquez Smith posted 20 points, his fifth 20-point outing of the season, and handed out a team-high four assists and pilfered three steals. Junior forward Keith Matthews added 14 points, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

Augusta was led by sophomore guard Miguel Arnold with 22 points and four assists. Sophomore 7-0 center Tyshaun Crawford (20 points, 10 rebounds) and junior guard Troy Cracknell (18 points) also cracked the double-figure mark for the Jaguars, who are seventh in the latest region poll.

Francis Marion held Augusta to only 38.7 percent shooting in the opening half, while shooting 50 percent themselves to trail by only 36-34 at intermission.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Gary Edwards

 

02/12/20 7:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
AUGUSTA 87, FRANCIS MARION 67
AUGUSTA (16-7,11-4 Peach)
Miguel Arnold 7-13 2-2 22; Tyshaun Crawford 7-9 6-8 20; Troy Cracknell 6-10
1-3 18; Rafael Monteiro 2-12 3-4 7; Tyree Myers 2-5 0-0 6; Shawn Moss 1-2
0-0 3; Anthony Torelli 1-2 0-0 3; Robert Barlund 1-1 0-0 3; Darren
Lucas-White 0-4 2-2 2; Gabriel Moller 1-1 0-0 2; Jerod Carrier 0-1 1-2 1;
Jack Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 15-21 87.
FRANCIS MARION (4-18,3-12 Peach)
Winston Hill 7-17 7-12 22; Jaquez Smith 9-11 2-3 20; Keith Matthews 5-11 3-3
14; Ja'Lil Robinson 2-7 1-1 5; Trey Jones 1-4 1-1 3; Alex Cox 1-3 0-0 3;
Gabriel Dickerson 0-1 0-2 0; Jamal Edmonson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 14-22 67.
Augusta...........................   36   51  -   87
Francis Marion................   34   33  -   67
3-point goals--Augusta 16-32 (Miguel Arnold 6-12; Troy Cracknell 5-8; Tyree
Myers 2-5; Robert Barlund 1-1; Shawn Moss 1-1; Anthony Torelli 1-1; Darren
Lucas-White 0-3; Rafael Monteiro 0-1), Francis Marion 3-17 (Alex Cox 1-3;
Keith Matthews 1-4; Winston Hill 1-4; Trey Jones 0-2; Ja'Lil Robinson 0-4).
Fouled out--Augusta-None, Francis Marion-None. Rebounds--Augusta 41 (Rafael
Monteiro 15), Francis Marion 25 (Keith Matthews 8). Assists--Augusta 19
(Tyree Myers 6), Francis Marion 11 (Jaquez Smith 4). Total fouls--Augusta
21, Francis Marion 17. Technical fouls--None. A-913