FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University will officially kick off the 2009-10 basketball season on Wednesday (Nov. 18) with its Riot at the Rim event sponsored by Chick-Fil-A and Sodexho as the Patriots play their first home doubleheader of the season.
The Patriot Women (1-0) will play Fayetteville State University (0-0) at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed the FMU Men (2-0) hosting Carver Bible College (0-5) at 7:30 p.m.
General admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID). However, admission will be free to those donating two canned goods. Those donations will go to the Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Wednesday will be a “White Out” event and all fans are asked to wear white shirts.
Chick-fil-A, located at Southside Commons on South Irby Street, will present the first 200 fans with a coupon for a free biscuit, in addition to other giveaways and an appearance by one of the Chick-Fil-A cows.
The evening’s festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Smith University Center. The pre-game events will include music, contests, door prizes, and an opportunity to hear from both Francis Marion head coaches.
“As is our annual effort, we want this year’s Riot at the Rim to includes the community, our alumni, Swamp Fox Club supporters, student-athletes, faculty, staff, and student groups,” said FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler. “This is one of only two home doubleheaders this semester and we want everyone to come out and see the 2009-10 editions of the Patriots.”
The Patriot Women defeated Converse College 91-57 in their opener last Sunday, while the FMU Men picked up two wins at the Florida Tech Tip-Off Classic.