FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams return to the Smith University Center for their first home games in nearly a month, as the Patriots play host to Peach Belt Conference foe Georgia College & State University, Saturday afternoon.
The women’s game will tip-off at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m.
The Francis Marion men are 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the PBC, while GC&SU (7-3, 4-0) is one of two unbeaten teams left in conference play. GC&SU leads the all-time series 17-6 and has won in each of its last four visits to Florence.
Senior Vony Rivers leads the Patriots in scoring with a 13.8 points per game average, while senior George Walker is averaging 12.9 ppg. Senior point guard Michael Jenkins is averaging 10.1 ppg and is now 10th on the Patriot career list for assists with 215.
GC&SU has four players scoring in double digits: Jeremy Mayweather (15.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg), Bryan Harrison (13.7 ppg), Ronnie Dennis (11.7 ppg), and Aaron Clark (10.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg). Mayweather leads the PBC in rebounding and is second in field goal percentage (62.6%).
The FMU women’s team (3-6, 1-2) will be looking to snap a four-game slide when the Patriots play the Lady Bobcats (7-4, 2-2). Francis Marion leads the women’s series 13-11, including an 11-point win in Florence last season. However, FMU has lost three straight home games for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
Senior Danielle Moore continues to lead FMU with averages of 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She needs only 13 points to become the 23rd Patriot woman to score 1,000 career points, and the first FMU player to reach that plateau since 2002. With 987 career points, she will soon pass Anna Kolbinsky (993) and Jontell Johnson (995) on the school’s scoring list.
Senior forward LaWanna Leon leads the Lady Bobcats with a 15.5 ppg average, fourth-highest in the PBC. FMU’s Moore is fifth in the conference in scoring.
Both FMU squads will also play host to USC Aiken, Wednesday evening.