FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to a pair of Peach Belt Conference North Division-leading Augusta State University squads, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 25).
The women’s game will tip off at 2 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Swamp Fox Club season passes will be honored, and FMU students are admitted free with their identification cards.
The Augusta State men (10-6, 6-2) lead the North Division standings by 1.5 games over USC Spartanburg and by three games over the third-place Patriots (8-7, 3-5). The Jaguars have four players averaging in double figures, and have won their last two PBC games by a combined 65 points.
The FMU men have experienced a season of streaks: lose three, win five, lose three, win three, and then a 56-51 loss to Armstrong Atlantic State University last Wednesday. Junior 6-5 center Jaquan Bracey continues to lead FMU in scoring at 13.1 points per game, while still leading the conference in rebounding (10.7 rebounds per game) and double-doubles (9).
The Patriot women (7-9, 2-6) are in third place in the North Division following Wednesday’s overtime upset of South Division-leading AASU. Augusta State sits atop the North Division with an 11-4 overall record and a 6-2 conference mark.
Senior center Jontell Johnson, who last week surpassed 800 points, 700 rebounds, and 200 blocks for her career, leads FMU in scoring (16.5 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg), field goal percentage (54.2%), and blocked shots (2.73 per game).
The Lady Jaguars have three players scoring in double figures, led by senior forward Sabrina Jones (15.0 ppg), and as a team are allowing only 57.9 ppg
FMU owns a 12-game winning streak against the Lady Jaguars and leads the all-time series 13-9, while the Jaguar men hold a 19-7 series lead, including six straight wins.