FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Augusta State University for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday (Jan. 8) afternoon with the women’s game starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 3:30 p.m.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students with FMU students being admitted free with a valid identification card.
The game will be streamed on the internet at http://fmu.nmtvsports.com/
The Francis Marion men, 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the PBC, will face a third-ranked Augusta State squad (11-1, 3-1) that is coming off its first loss of the season. Saturday’s winner will ascend to the top spot in the PBC’s East Division standings.
Junior 6-5 forward Liki Turner continues to lead five Patriots scoring in double figures with a 16.9 points per game average. Following his career-high 25-point performance on Wednesday, the Richmond, Va., native stands only eight points shy of 1,000 for his career. He scored 823 points during two seasons at NCAA Division II Shepherd College before transferring to FMU.
Senior 6-6 forward Simel Boyd is averaging 14.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg, while freshman guard Evrik Gary is adding 14.5 ppg. Boyd is on pace sometime this month to become only the seventh Patriot in team history to rank among the Top 20 in career totals for points, rebounds, and steals.
ASU leads the all-time men’s series 32-9, including 11 straight wins dating back to 2004. FMU is 4-20 against nationally ranked opponents over the past 10 seasons, but three of those wins have come since January of 2009.
Senior 6-4 guard George Johnson leads the Jaguars with a 16.0 ppg average.
The FMU women (7-4, 0-3) will be looking for their first PBC win of the young season, as will the Lady Jaguars (6-5, 0-4). FMU leads the all-time women’s series 23-16, including six consecutive wins – five of which have been by double figures.
Senior Shannon Singleton-Bates ranks second in the PBC in scoring (20.3 ppg) while continuing her climb up the Patriot career scoring chart, now just 29 points shy of Florence native Martha Williamson for 11th place. Singleton-Bates currently has 1,438 points.
FMU 5-10 senior point Robin Colbert scored a career-high 18 points in Wednesday’s close loss to second-ranked Lander University and is averaging 11.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. In only three seasons as a Patriot, she is sixth on the team’s career steals list (259) and 12th in career assists (321).
ASU is paced by 5-6 senior guard Blaire Egardo with a 16.1 ppg average.
The Patriots will conclude a three-game home stand against a pair of nationally ranked USC Aiken squads on Wednesday evening (Jan. 12).