The Francis Marion University men's and women's basketball teams will welcome Peach Belt Conference member Georgia Southwestern State University to the Smith University Center on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 17) with the women's game starting at 1:30 p.m., and the men following at 3:30 p.m.
General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID). The game will be streamed live, online at https://www.youtube.com/user/FMUPatriots , courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.
Previously announced winners in the Florence to Charlotte Sweepstakes will attend the twinbill and will vie for grand prizes at halftime of the men's game, including tickets to the Dec. 24 football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The contest is sponsored by Pepsi, Dollar General, and WJMX-FM radio.
The Patriot women (3-3, 0-1) are returning to action after a 14-day break for exams. FMU is led by senior guard Khai Chandler with 22.8 points per game, while junior forward Shaunice Fulmore is averaging 19.8 ppg and senior forward Briana Burgins 12.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Burgins is only 38 points shy of becoming the 28th Patriot to reach 1,000 career points. Fulmore is 63 points away from that same milestone number, while Chandler passed 1,000 points earlier this season.
Senior 5-3 guard Gabby Figgers leads Georgia Southwestern (4-1, 1-0) with a 13.4 ppg average and is shooting 47.7 percent from three-point territory. Senior guard Shanya Jones and sophomore forward Mariya Trimble are both recording 12.2 ppg, with Trimble leading the Hurricanes with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Francis Marion leads the all-time women's series 11-4.
The FMU men's squad (6-0, 1-0) is coming off a come-from-behind 91-75 victory over the University of Mount Olive on Wednesday evening, and is led by senior guard Detrek Browning with a 24.5 ppg average. Browning currently sits at 1,766 career points, just 21 shy of Patriot great Evrik Gary, who is in second place on the FMU all-time scoring list.
The Patriots are one of only 14 unbeaten teams left in NCAA Division II, and FMU received votes in both of the Division II Top 25 polls this past week.
Junior guard R.J. Sessions leads GSW (4-1, 0-1) with 16.8 ppg, and he is shooting 37.8 percent from behind the three-point arc.
The Hurricanes lead the all-time men's series 8-6, having captured four-point wins in Americus, Ga., each of the past two seasons.