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Francis Marion battles UNCP in Thursday night hoops

FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will host near-by Peach Belt Conference rival UNC Pembroke for a doubleheader on Thursday night (Feb. 2).

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

The men’s contest will be a battle for positioning in the East Division standings in regards to the PBC Tournament. The top four teams from each division advance and currently Francis Marion (12-8, 6-5) is fourth and UNCP (13-8, 7-4) is third. The Braves are only one-half game out of second place. The men's game is also the Patriots' annual Sea of Red contest and everyone is encouraged to wear red.

Francis Marion trails in the all-time series 34-29, but the Patriots have won eight of the past 10 meetings.

Senior 6-5 forward Liki Turner continues to lead FMU with 17.2 ppg and 9.1 rpg averages. He has registered seven double-doubles this year and upped his career totals to 1,589 points and 861 rebounds. Sophomore 6-3 guard Evrik Gary is averaging 16.4 ppg.   The two have combined to capture three of the past six PBC Player of the Week awards.

Last week, FMU held its opponents to 34.1 percent shooting, and over the past six games to just 36.8 percent.

The Braves have four players scoring in double digits led by 6-0 junior guard and Florence native Shahmel Brackett at 13.9 ppg.

The Francis Marion women (6-12, 2-9) are looking to break back into the win column against the third-place UNCP women (9-10, 6-5).

FMU leads the all-time series 38-19, including having won seven of the past eight meetings.

Sophomore guard Brittany Christian leads the Patriots in scoring at 11.2 ppg having come off career-highs of 19 and 29 points in each of the last two games.


Last Published: March 1, 2012 10:13 AM
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