FLORENCE, S.C. – Both the Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their home schedules by playing host to the Zaxby’s Patriot Clazzic, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 18-19) in FMU’s Smith University Center.
The two-day event will consist of four games each day (two men’s games and two women’s games). Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults. Swamp Fox Club passes will be accepted.
Friday’s schedule has the UNC Pembroke women (0-0 record) playing Fayetteville State University (0-0) at 2 p.m. and the Anderson College men (0-1) meeting the Fayetteville State men (1-0) at 4 p.m. The FMU women (0-1) will battle Coker College (0-0) at 6 p.m., followed by the Patriot men (0-1) playing Coker (0-0) 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 dropped their season opener at Presbyterian College 69-61 on Tuesday, while the FMU men lost at Fayetteville State 63-60 on the same night, despite leading by as many as 14 points in the second half.
Francis Marion leads the all-time women’s series with Coker 27-3, but this will be only the second meeting between the two since 1998. FMU beat the Lady Cobras 72-50 on Dec. 10, 2002. The Patriot women are 26-6 all-time in home openers, including a 10-1 mark over the past 11 seasons.
The Patriot men have won the last four meetings with Coker and lead the series 38-10, the most wins for FMU over any one opponent. Francis Marion has won only one of its last six home openers.
Zaxby’s, known for its chicken fingers and buffalo wings, has two Florence locations, on South Irby Street and on West Evans Street.