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Patriots start BIG weekend with Bobcats on Friday

FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open a key weekend of Peach Belt Conference play when they host Georgia College for a doubleheader on Friday evening (Jan. 28). The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, FMU will entertain the University of Montevallo at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Admission to each twinbill is $6 for adults and $4 for students with FMU students being admitted free with a valid identification card.

The men’s game on Friday and both contests on Sunday will be broadcast on WWFN The Fan, 100.1 FM, while all four games will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence’s Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://fmu.nmtvsports.com/

Fans are encouraged to wear red on Friday as FMU’s student RIOT organization has tabbed the doubleheader as Red Dusk.

The FMU women (11-5, 4-4) have won their last three games, all of the road, and are ranked sixth in the season’s initial NCAA Southeast Region poll. Georgia College (12-3, 4-3) is ranked third in the region poll. Both squads are among the other schools receiving votes in this week’s USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

In addition to the ramifications for the conference and region standings, the game will also feature two of the top seven scorers in Division II. FMU senior Shannon Singleton-Bates is ranked seventh at 20.5 points per game, while the Bobcats are led by senior 5-8 senior guard Chimere Jordan, who is third at 21.4 ppg. Singleton-Bates has moved to within three points of former Patriot guard Christy Wright and seventh place on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,543 points. She is also eighth on the Peach Belt all-time scoring chart.

FMU is second in the PBC in scoring (77.9 ppg), while Georgia College leads the conference in scoring defense (53.5 ppg). Likewise, the Patriots are second in field goal percentage (44.3%), while the Bobcats are first in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 32.5 percent shooting.

Francis Marion leads the all-time series with the Georgia College women 19-15, including five consecutive wins.                                                                                                                    

The Francis Marion men are also 11-5 overall and 4-4 in the PBC, while the Bobcat men’s squad is 9-6 and 3-4. The Patriots are 10th in the first region men’s poll. FMU leads the Peach Belt in scoring offense at 83.4 ppg, while Georgia College is last at 68.7 ppg.

Junior 6-5 forward Liki Turner leads three Patriots scoring in double figures with a 16.3 points per game average. He has pushed his career point total to 1,093. Senior 6-6 forward Simel Boyd is averaging 12.9 ppg and 8.1 rpg, while freshman guard Evrik Gary is adding 11.9 ppg. Boyd needs 56 points to become only the seventh Patriot in team history to rank among the Top 20 in career totals for points, rebounds, and steals. Gary is currently ranked third nationally in free throw accuracy at 94.0 percent.

Junior forward Jared Holmes paces three Bobcats scoring in double digits with a 12.9 ppg average.

Georgia College leads the all-time men’s series 24-7, including eight straight wins in Florence dating back to 1999.

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Last Published: January 28, 2011 4:40 PM
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