FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Peach Belt Conference foe Augusta State University on Saturday (Feb. 20) as the school celebrates Homecoming 2010.
The women’s basketball 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. Admission to all events on Saturday will be free.
Both games will be broadcast on the radio at WWFN The Fan, 100.1 FM, and both contests will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence’s Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://www.pennatlantic.com/main.php?module=event-results&searchIt=yes .
Homecoming activities will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a women’s basketball Alumni Game in the gym, followed at 11 a.m. by the men’s basketball Alumni Game.
PatriotFest will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Smith University Center featuring live music and entertainment, a picnic lunch, and an opportunity for alumni to interact.
At 1 p.m., the seventh-ranked Patriot baseball team (6-1) will play host to seventh-ranked West Chester University (1-0) for a non-conference doubleheader on Cormell Field.
From 1 p.m. until approximately 5 p.m., the 12th-annual Swamp Fox Club Benefit Silent Auction, featuring sports memorabilia and merchandise, will be held in the Smith University Center gym.
Between games of the regularly scheduled basketball doubleheader, at approximately 3:45 p.m., former Patriot soccer defender Josef Schroeder will be inducted into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Elgin, Ill., Schroeder played four seasons at Francis Marion from 1994 to 1997. He earned a B.A. degree in biology from Francis Marion in 1998, and later earned a M.A. degree in school counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. He now resides in Crystal Lake, Ill., where he teaches chemistry and coaches girls’ soccer at Crystal Lake Central High School.
As a senior at Francis Marion in 1997, he was named a second-team NSCAA/Umbro All-American as well as earning All-Region and All-Peach Belt Conference honors. He was also an All-Region performer in 1996 and earned All-Conference recognition as a sophomore and junior. Schroeder finished his career owning the school record for matched played and started. He started every one of FMU’s 76 matches during those four seasons and amassed totals of 15 goals scored and eight assists. He was twice named his team’s most valuable player, in 1995 and 1997, and was named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls each of his last three years. Following his graduation, he played professionally in the USL D-3 League.
He will join 34 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, which was formed in 1991.
The 2010 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the conclusion of FMU/ASU men’s game.
Prior to the start of each basketball game, the respective men’s and women’s All-Decade Teams for the 2000’s will be recognized. The women’s squad consists of 5-7 guard Jennifer Dyer (2007-09), 6-0 center Jontell Johnson (1999-2003), 6-0 guard-forward Danielle Moore (2002-06), 5-5 guard Kevina Ransom (2007-09), 5-10 forward Creshenda Singletary (2004-09), 5-7 guard-forward Christy Thomas (1998-2002), 5-7 guard Christy Wright (1997-2001), and 5-6 guard Brittany Young (2004-08). The men’s team includes 6-3 guard Mike Buglione (2002-04), 6-5 center JaQuan Bracey (2002-04), 6-6 forward Raymond Dorsey (2004-07), 5-11 guard Jarron Hinton (2002-04), 6-1 guard Michael Jenkins (2002-06), 6-6 forward Louis McCullough (2001-05), 6-5 guard-forward Will Tucker (1997-2001), and 6-6 forward Randy Williams (2002-04).
The 19th-ranked Patriot women’s basketball team (21-3, 13-2) is still chasing a possible third consecutive PBC regular-season crown as FMU is one game behind the conference leader. ASU (1-24, 0-16) has lost its last 21 consecutive games. Francis Marion leads the all-time series 22-16, including six straight wins.
The Francis Marion men (18-6, 10-5) are second in the PBC East Division and will face the division leader in fifth-ranked Augusta State (23-2, 15-1). FMU trails in the all-time series 31-9. The Patriots are 1-2 against nationally ranked opponents this season.