FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men's and women's basketball teams will host a pair of home doubleheaders this weekend, beginning with a Peach Belt Conference match-up with Georgia College on Friday night (Jan. 20).
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. General admission to the game is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID).
Both contests 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
The two Patriots teams will return to the court on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 22) for a non-conference match-up with the College of Coastal Georgia. In a rare switch, the men's game will be played first at 2 p.m. and the women's contest will follow at 4 p.m.
Entering the weekend, the FMU men are riding a three-game winning streak and are 9-6 overall and 5-3 in the Peach Belt – good for third place in the East Division standings. In contrast, Georgia College has lost three straight games and stands at 8-7 overall and 1-5 in the conference. FMU trails in the all-time series 24-8, but the Patriots have won two of the last three meetings.
The Patriot men are led by senior 6-5 forward Liki Turner (17.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg) and 6-3 sophomore guard Evrik Gary (17.3 ppg). Turner eclipsed the 1,500-point mark for his career in Monday's road win at North Georgia, while Gary is the reigning PBC Player of the Week.
The Bobcats are led by 6-8 senior forward Ryan Aquino at 16.9 ppg and 10.8 rpg.
The Francis Marion women are 6-8 overall and 2-6 in the PBC, while Georgia College is 3-12 and 1-5. The Bobcats are coached by Maurice Smith, brother of former Patriot cager Sam Smith.
FMU leads the all-time series 20-15, including six straight victories. Both squads made the NCAA Division II Tournament last season.