Patriots Entertain Cougars and NCAA mascot J.J. Jumper
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams, battling for position in the Peach Belt Conference standings, will play host to Columbus State University on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 18) for a PBC doubleheader. The twinbill will also feature a visit by the official mascot of NCAA Basketball, J.J. Jumper.
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.
The FMU women are 9-13 overall and 7-9 in the PBC, which places the Patriots in eighth place in the standings. CSU (15-12, 8-9) is one of two squads tied for sixth place, only one-half game ahead of FMU. FMU beat the Lady Cougars 60-49 in an earlier meeting this season in Columbus, Ga., behind a career-high 21 points from sophomore guard Renee Guilliams.
Senior Danielle Moore continues to lead the Patriots in scoring (15.1 points per game) and rebounding (7.0 rebounds per game), while continuing to climb up the Patriot career scoring list. She stands 18th with 1,183 points, only eight points behind former guard Fenissa Rice (1989-93) and 15 points shy of former guard Kim Slawson (1982-86).
The Patriot men (10-13, 5-11) are also eighth in the PBC standings, while Columbus State (19-7, 13-4) is tied for second, one game behind PBC leader Georgia College & State University.
FMU seniors Vony Rivers and George Walker lead the Patriots with averages of 14.3 ppg and 13.4 ppg respectively.
The PBC Tournament will be held March 1-5 at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. The top six teams receive first-round byes. North Georgia College & State University, while able to compete for the PBC regular-season title, is not eligible to participate in the tournament.