The Francis Marion University men's and women's basketball teams will play host to Columbus State University on Tuesday (Dec. 19) for a 5-for-$5 Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.
The women's game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center with the men's contest to follow at 7:30 p.m.
A family of up to five members will be admitted for only $5. 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.
The Francis Marion men (7-0, 2-0) are one of only 11 unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division II. Senior guard Detrek Browning continues to lead the Patriots and the Peach Belt in scoring with a 24.4 points per game average. In Sunday's 20-point win over Georgia Southwestern State University, Browning moved into second place on both the FMU career scoring list (1,790) and career assists list (347). He already occupied the second spot on the career steals list (194) as well.
The best season starts in FMU history are 10-0 in 2003-04 and 8-0 in 2008-09 and 1985-86.
CSU senior 5-9 guard JaCori Payne is second in the conference in scoring with a 20.4 ppg average. The Cougars are 2-3 overall, but 2-0 in the PBC following a 70-67 road win over nationally ranked UNC Pembroke on Sunday.
Columbus State leads the all-time men's series 27-15, but the Patriots picked up a 99-84 victory last season in Florence.
The Patriot women (4-3, 1-1) are led by the PBC's first and fourth ranked scorers (senior guard Khai Chandler at 21.4 ppg and junior forward Shaunice Fulmore at 18.4 ppg) and the league's top rebounder (senior forward Briana Burgins 13.4 ppg, 10.1 rebounds per game). Burgins is only 17 points shy of becoming the 28th Patriot to reach 1,000 career points, while Fulmore is 53 points away from that same milestone number and Chandler passed 1,000 points earlier this season.
Columbus State (4-2, 2-0), which was picked for second just ahead of FMU in the coaches' pre-season poll, is led by junior 5-6 guard Tatiana Wayne with a 20.7 ppg average – second-best in the Peach Belt.
The Cougars lead the all-time series 29-21 with many of the contests occurring in post season play at both the PBC and NCAA Tournament levels.