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home : sports : sports August 29, 2014

1/15/2014 3:01:00 PM
Patriots looking for season sweep of Pirates

Florence, S.C. (Jan. 15, 2014) – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to wrap up a three-game road trip Thursday night when they travel to Savannah, Ga., to face Armstrong Atlantic State University. Both squads are looking for season sweeps of the Pirates, after earning victories in Florence on January 4th.

The women’s game is set to tipoff at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Both contests will be streamed live online for free, while live stats will also be available. Both links can be found on the schedule pages at

The Patriot men (6-6, 3-3 Peach Belt Conference) enter Thursday’s matchup on a three-game winning streak, including a victory over No. 18 Georgia Southwestern State last Sunday. Senior guard Evrik Gary leads the Patriots this season with 20.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Junior Dustin Jones and senior Robert Carpenter also come into the game averaging double-figure scoring. 

Armstrong’s men (5-8, 2-4) come into the contest on a three-game losing streak after falling to GRU Augusta last Saturday. Hichem Benayad-Cherif leads the Pirates this season with an average of 15.1 points per game. Armstrong fell to FMU 92-82 in overtime in the season’s first meeting.

The Patriot women come into Thursday’s game with a 9-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in conference play, which has them in first place in the PBC East Division. Junior guard Briana Robinson leads FMU with 12.8 points per game, while senior forward Dee Gray is averaging a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. 

The Pirate women are 8-4 overall this season (3-3 PBC), and are currently riding a two-game winning streak after knocking off GRU Augusta last Saturday. Tyler Carlson leads the Armstrong offense with an average of 15.2 points per game. The Patriots defeated the Pirates 67-58 earlier this year.

Following Thursday’s matchup, the Patriots will kick off a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against the University of Montevallo. The women are set for a 1:30 p.m. tip, followed by the men at 3:30 p.m.

Galloway Mosley
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