FMU powers past UNCP by 10 points
By Markus Franklin
Assistant Sports Editor
Led by Houston Power, a junior transfer from Las Vegas, Nev., the Francis Marion Patriots cruised to a 77-67 victory on Jan. 16 over the Braves.
Power scored 26 points on 8-10 shooting including 5-6 from three point range.
The Patriots as a team were 10-17 from three point range to shoot almost 60 percent from behind the arc.
The Patriots overall field goal percentage was 65 percent as they drained shots on a consistent basis to overpower a flat Braves defense.
Jarrell Hunter led the Braves with 20 points, but it was not enough to overcome the Patriots and their perimeter shooting.
The Braves shot 47 percent from the field, but it wasn’t good enough.
When asked about his team’s performance, head coach Jason Tinsley responded, “We played poorly and didn’t play tough for 40 minutes collectively.”
The Braves came into the contest leading the Peach Belt Conference in scoring defense and free throw percentage. Neither was evident during the midst of the game as the Braves continually let the Patriots score at will. It didn’t help matters that the Braves were poor from the charity stripe going 13-23.
In the first half alone the Braves only converted 20 percent of their free throws. For a struggling team, these things will happen, like shooting only 20 percent from the free throw line.
Tinsley said his team’s performance at the line was “uncharacteristic.”
When asked about the team’s defense effort, Tinsley responded by saying, “Defensive spacing was poor and we just didn’t react quickly enough.”
Tinsley also said of his team, “That we are not talented enough to have an off-night and still win the ball game.”
With the loss the Braves dropped to (6-7, 1-4 PBC) and have lost five consecutive games.
UNCP fell into a tie for last place with Clayton State and Georgia Southwestern in the Peach Belt Conference.