Patriot Hoops holds Senior Day vs GC on Saturday

Patriot Hoops holds Senior Day vs GC on Saturday

The Francis Marion University men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate Senior Day when they entertain Georgia College in both teams' regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 24).

The women's game will tip-off at 1:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men's contest at 3:30 p.m.  General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID). 

Fans can follow the game action with video and live stats at http://www.fmupatriots.com, courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.

The Francis Marion men (18-8, 13-8) have secured the third seed for next week's PBC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. The Patriots are ranked sixth in this week's NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll as FMU is bidding to earn an NCAA Tournament invitation.

Georgia College is 11-16 overall and is tied for ninth in the conference standings at 7-14. Francis Marion defeated the Bobcats 74-63 earlier this season in Milledgeville, Ga., and the Patriots have won three of the last four meetings.

FMU will recognize its four seniors prior to tip-off: guards Detrek Browning and John Jenkins, forward Warren Specht, and center Judah Alexander.  Both Browning and Alexander are four-year lettermen. Browning currently owns nine career program records and is 61 points shy of the PBC career scoring mark of 2,333 set by Keshun Sherrill of Augusta University.  Alexander stands fourth on FMU career list for blocked shots (104), ninth in rebounds (631), 20th in steals (101), and 27th in scoring (867).

The FMU women's basketball squad (15-11, 12-9) are sixth in the PBC standings and will be on the road for a PBC Tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday. A win would secure the sixth seed for the Patriots. Georgia College (17-10, 14-7) is fifth in the conference standings and locked into the fifth seed for next week's tournament.

The two programs have evenly split 42 all-time meetings, including a Bobcats' 66-58 victory earlier this season.

The Patriots will honor five seniors on Saturday: guards Khai Chandler, Victoria Dye, and Keanua Williams and forward Briana Burgins and Kristin Tines.  Four of the players (Chandler, Dye, Burgins, and Tines) were members of the 2015-16 squad that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and both Chandler (1,475) and Burgins (1,001) have surpassed the 1,000-point mark.  Tines is currently second in the conference in rebounding at 9.4 rebounds per game.