FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Clayton State University for a key Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The women’s game will tip off at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 3:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center. General admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. FMU students are admitted free with ID.
Both games will be broadcast on WWFN The Fan, 100.1 FM and 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 .
As part of the twinbill, the Patriot Women will be participating in the WBCA Pink Zone program. Over 1,350 women’s basketball teams and supporting organizations across the nation are committed to participate in the initiative, which is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation.
Fans are asked to wear pink and donations will be collected. The FMU Baptist Collegiate Ministry is also assisting in this event. Any checks can be made payable to ‘Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund’.
Both games of the doubleheader will also have a major impact on the PBC standings.
The women’s game will feature the two teams tied for 15th in this week’s Top 25 poll. Francis Marion is 20-2 overall and second in the PBC’s East Division standings with a 12-1 conference mark, while Clayton State is 18-4 overall and tied for the West Division lead at 9-3. The Patriots have won 10 straight games, 12 consecutive home contests, and 39 of their last 43 home games. FMU leads the all-time series 12-11.
The Francis Marion men (17-5, 9-4) will be looking to solidify their hold on second place in the East Division when they battle the Laker Men (12-10, 5-7), who are fourth in the West Division.
Under the guidance of head coach Gary Edwards, the Patriots have increased their win total each of his four seasons: nine to 12 to 16 and now to 17 this season.
FMU trails in the all-time men’s series with Clayton State 12-6.