The Francis Marion University men's and women's basketball teams return home for the first time in 2020 as they play host to Lander University in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday (Jan. 11) in the Smith University Center.
A 4-for-$4 promotion will be run during both games where a group of four (4) fans will gain entrance to the contests for just $4. The games will also be streamed live online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.
The women's game will tip-off at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men's contest at 3:30 p.m.
The 5-5 Patriots are led by sophomore center Zaria Woods who is averaging 14.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while junior forward Kiana Adderton averages 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Lander (9-3, 4-0) stands a half-game out of the conference lead and is led by freshman guard Zamiya Passmore who is averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. Seniors Jessica Harris (15.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Tabitha Dailey (14.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) are other double-digit scorers for the Bearcats.
The FMU women lead the all-time series 55-38.
The Patriot men enter Saturday tied for fifth in the PBC standings. FMU has five players scoring in double figures led by sophomore center Winston Hill at 19.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Other leaders for the Patriots include senior point guard Jaquez Smith (12.9 ppg, 3.2 apg) and junior forwards Keith Matthews (11.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Kendall Wall (10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg).
The third-place Bearcats (9-3, 3-1) are paced by junior forward Deon Berrien (13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and senior swingman Elijah Alston (13.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Senior guard Tyler Brevard (12.1 ppg) and junior forward DeJuan Moorer (11.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg) round out the Lander double-digit scorers.
Francis Marion has played Lander more times (101) than any other opponent in the 50-year history of the Patriot men's program.