FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open Peach Belt Conference play on Wednesday (Nov. 30) as the Patriots host Lander University on the annual Riot at the Rim evening.
Pre-game activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center commons and will include giveaways, cheerleaders, a student organization fair, and an opportunity to hear from both the FMU men’s and women’s head coaches.
The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
General admission to the game is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID).
Both games will be broadcast on WWRK 105.9 FM, WWRK 1400 AM, and WDSC 800 AM and will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence’s Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://www.ustream.tv/fmupatriots
At halftime of the women’s game, the Bernadine Kelly Dance Group will perform and at halftime of the men’s contest, The Skyriders trampoline team take the floor for the second time in two years.
“We want this event (Riot at the Rim) to energize and excite our campus and community about FMU basketball,” said FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler. “The new season has started and we use this evening as an opportunity to introduce our 2011-12 basketball squads.”
The basketball doubleheader will be the first PBC conference games played this season, and will feature two old rivals, both of whom are charter Peach Belt members. Both the Patriot women and Lander women are 2-2, while the FMU men are 4-2 and Lander is 2-1.
Francis Marion leads the women’s all-time series, which dates back to 1974, by a 51-24 count. The men’s series dates back to 1970 and Lander holds a slight 46-39 edge.
Sophomore guard Brittany Christian leads the Patriot women with a 13 points per game average, while sophomore guard Emilee Dunton is averaging 12.8 ppg and junior point guard Carmella Thompson 10 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Senior 6-5 forward Liki Turner (15.6 ppg, 8.6), sophomore guard Evrik Gary (15.3 ppg), and junior 6-6 forward Zamarius McLendon (13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg) lead the Francis Marion men.