FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open Peach Belt Conference play when they host USC Upstate, Wednesday evening (Nov. 30).
The Faculty Appreciation Night twinbill will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s game, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
In an attempt to continue to have FMU student-athletes and the athletic department connect with faculty members, and to keep emphasizing the importance of academics to all student-athletes, the athletic program will hold its second-annual Faculty Appreciation Night. Seniors in all sports were asked to choose a faculty member that had contributed greatly to their time at Francis Marion University -- according to certain criteria. Approximately 35 faculty members will be recognized between the women's and men's games at about 7 p.m.
The FMU women are 2-1, but will be playing for the first time in 11 days. Senior Danielle Moore leads the Patriots with a 17.3 points per game average. USC Upstate (1-3) is led by the conference’s leading scorer Yakeeshia Ross (21.3 ppg). Francis Marion leads the all-time series 36-15, but the Lady Spartans have won the last three meetings.
The FMU men enter Wednesday’s contest at 3-2, while USC Upstate, one of the defending PBC regular-season co-champions, is 3-0.
Senior reserve Vony Rivers, named the PBC Player of the Week on Monday, leads the Patriots with a 16 points per game average, while senior forward George Walker is scoring 14.6 points per game. The backcourt tandem of Jay Free (17 ppg) and Jeremy Byrd (13.3 ppg) heads the Spartans’ attack.
USC Upstate leads the all-time men’s series 31-20, including a two-game sweep last season.