FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University will officially kick off the 2010-11 basketball season on Tuesday (Nov. 16) with its annual Riot at the Rim event as the Patriot men’s team entertains Allen University.
The contest will tip-off at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center. Pre-game activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include live music, giveaways, cheerleaders, and an opportunity to meet both the FMU men’s and women’s teams.
General admission to the game is $6 for adults and $4 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.
Chick-fil-A, located at Southside Commons on South Irby Street, will present the first 200 fans with a coupon, in addition to an appearance by one of the Chick-Fil-A cows.
At halftime of the game, The Skyriders trampoline team will perform.
“As is our annual effort, we want this year’s Riot at the Rim to include the community, our alumni, Swamp Fox Club supporters, student-athletes, faculty, staff, and student groups,” said FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler. “This is an opportunity to kick-off the hoops season in grand style, and to meet our 2010-11 basketball squads.”
The Patriot Women opened their season with a 78-68 road win at Fayetteville State University last Friday night.
Fifth-year FMU men’s head coach Gary Edwards welcomes back six lettermen (three starters) from last season’s 18-10 squad – the second-highest win total in 17 seasons. Four transfers and a red-shirt freshman join the squad. Edwards has directed FMU to increased win totals each of the past four seasons (9, 12, 16, 18). Overall, Edwards is beginning his 27th season as a college head coach with 444 career coaching wins.
Senior 6-6 swingman Simel Boyd (12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 52.5% FG), a pre-season honorable mention Sporting News All-American, heads the returnees. Boyd was a second-team All-PBC selection last season two years after being named the 2008 PBC Freshman of the Year. Also returning is 6-10 junior center Andrew Smith (6.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-8 senior forward David Turner (6.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg), and 6-0 senior guard Bryant Julious (5.3 ppg, 1.9 apg) – who made eight starts last year.
Freshman 6-3 guard Evrik Gary (Camden High School); junior 6-2 guard Shawn Greenfield (Garrett College), a former NJCAA Pre-Season All-American; and 6-4 senior swingman Dominique Coleman (Univ. of West Alabama) head the newcomers.
FMU will be looking for a third consecutive winning campaign, something not accomplished since the early 1990s.
Allen is off to a 5-0 start, with three of the Yellowjacket wins coming by more than 25 points. FMU leads the all-time series 19-6, including a win in Florence last year.