LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 24) – The FAMU Men’s Basketball team is emerging as a tough out in non-conference play, after their last two road outings in Tampa and Los Angeles.
@ Saturday evening in the City of Angels, the Rattlers (2-4) dropped a 71-63 verdict to Loyola Marymount at the Gersten Pavilion.
Senior guard Justin Ravenel continued his “Splash Brother” routine, knocking down five of nine shots fro9m distance, finishing with a team high 19 points on 6 of 11 floor shooting overall.
Redshirt sophomore forward D.J. Jones added 12 points, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal, followed by junior guard Rod Melton’s nine points, five rebounds and three assists, plus two steals. Freshman guard M.J. Randolph pumped in eight points , adding five boards and four assists, while junior Nasir Core added seven points, three assists and three rebounds.
The Rattlers contended with LMU (7-0) for the full 40 minutes, trailing by just six, 30-24 at the half, before both clubs caught fire from the floor in the second half.
LMU barely outscored the Rattlers over the final 20 minutes, 41-39, as they shot 62.5 percent (15 of 24), compared to the Rattlers’ 53.8 shoting (14 of 26), which featured a 6 of 7 performance from three-point range.
James Batemon led LMU with 24 points, while Dameane Douglas turned in a double double effort with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
@ Last Wednesday in Tampa, the Rattlers had one of their best shooting nights of the young season, finishing with a 52.3 percent showing in a 69-59 loss to the USF Bulls at the Yuengling Center.
Ravenel led the Rattlers with 14 points, going 3 of 8 from distance, followed by D.J. Jones and Rod Melton with 12 points apiece. M.J. Randolph pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to go with his nine points. Jones also had five rebounds and three blocked shots, while Bryce Moragne had three blocks and four assists.
The Rattlers came out shooting 55.6 percent from the floor in the opening half, pushing the Bulls hard, trailing 36-27 at the break.
FAMU nearly played the Bulls to a second half tie on the scoreboard, as USF edged the Rattlers, 33-32, thanks largely to the efforts of David Collins, Alexis Yetna and Michael Durr.
Collins led all scorers last Wednesday night with 21 points, hitting three of five shots from distance. Yetna posted a double double performance of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Durr finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers (2-4) continue their six-game road tour Thursday in Jacksonville against the University of North Florida. Game time will be 7:00 p.m…. Saturday, FAMU is in Mobile to face South Alabama, then next Monday, they wrap up their road swing in Chicago against the DePaul Blue Demons.