FLORENCE, S.C. – Zaxby’s will serve as sponsor for the Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball tip-off classic, Nov. 18-19.
The "Zaxby’s Patriot Clazzic" will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, in the Smith University Center on the FMU campus. The two-day event will consist of four games each day (two men’s games and two women’s games).
Friday’s schedule has the UNC Pembroke women playing Fayetteville State University at 2 p.m. and the Anderson College men meeting the Fayetteville State men at 4 p.m. The FMU women will battle Coker College at 6 p.m., followed by the Patriot men playing Coker at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, UNCP will play Coker in a women’s game at 2 p.m. and Fayetteville State will meet Coker in a men’s contest at 4 p.m. The Francis Marion and FSU women will meet at 6 p.m. and the Patriot men will play Anderson at 8 p.m.
The FMU women return nine letterwinners, including four starters, from last season's 11-17 squad, while the Patriot men return 11 lettermen, including three starters, from last year’s 10-17 team.
The FMU women’s schedule for 2005-06 features 26 regular-season games. The Patriots will play 14 home games and 20 Peach Belt Conference contests. With the cumulative loss of one PBC member, each of the 11 conference members will play the other 10 schools twice, returning to the home-and-away series.
The Patriot men have a 27-game slate that also includes 14 home contests and the 20-game PBC schedule.
Both FMU squads will open their season on the road Nov. 15: the women at Presbyterian College and the men at Fayetteville State.
Zaxby’s, known for its chicken fingers and buffalo wings, has two Florence locations, on South Irby Street and on West Evans Street.