FGCU Meets Miami on Wednesday Night
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team travels south to face Miami on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at 7:30 p.m., at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won the Charleston Classic after an 85-70 victory over South Carolina on Sunday.

Game 4: FGCU (0-3) vs. Miami (5-0)
Date: Wed., Nov. 25, 2009 | Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST) | Site: BankUnited Center
TV: N/A | Radio: 770 ESPN Radio
Websites: FGCU (www.fgcuathletics.com) | Miami (www.hurricanesports.com)

The Series vs. Miami

FGCU and Miami will meet for the first time on Wednesday.

Know Your Opponent: Miami

Miami came out on top of the Charleston Classic, beating South Carolina 85-70 in the championship game of the classic on Sunday night.

The Hurricanes (5-0) outscored the Gamecocks (4-1) 11-5 in the final 2:25 to clinch the championship game. South Carolina led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but Miami came back to take a 34-31 halftime lead.

Miami out-rebounded South Carolina 30-16 in the first half.

Miami reached the championship game by beating Tulane 74-54 in the opening round and North Carolina-Wilmington 67-60 in the second round.

Players to Watch

James Dews scored 22 points and Dwayne Collins added 17 points to go with 15 rebounds, leading Miami past South Carolina. Dews finished the night shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from long range, moving into Miami's top 10 all-time in career three-pointers, having made 126 in his career. Collins was selected as the MVP of the tournament, collecting 48 points and 34 rebounds in the classic.

FGCU Last Week

The Eagles dropped two in the Lone Star State last week. FGCU fell to Prairie View A&M on Thursday, 69-54, and lost to Southern Methodist on Saturday, 79-62.

Against Prairie View A&M, the Eagles shot just 19.4 percent in the first half. Reggie Chambers tied a career-high with 20 points on the night.

In the second half, the Panthers came out and scored 12 of the first 17 points, and took a 33-24 lead with 12:02 remaining in the game.

The Eagles would only come within nine points in the remainder of the second half, and drop their second game of the year.

FGCU shot just 29.3 percent (17-for-58) from the floor and converted just four of its 17 attempts (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc while also committing 15 turnovers.

Chambers’ 20 points tied a career-best that he set last season against Belmont on Jan. 5, 2009.

Two other Eagles finished the night in double-figures, Baker collected 13 points, while Marks finished with 10.

Against SMU, the Mustangs used a 16-5 run early in the second half to move past the Eagles and hand them their third loss of the season.

Sophomore Reggie Chambers (Miramar, Fla.) and senior Derrick O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points. Chambers hit double figures for the second time in three games this season. O’Neil pulled down a team-high five rebounds, while junior forward Charlie Lytle (Clearwater, Fla.) scored seven points.

The Eagles took their second lead of the game with 30 seconds left on the clock. Hunter Miller (Nashville, Tenn.) pulled down a board with 37 seconds left, and gave it to Reed Baker (Naples, Fla.). Baker sent a great pass to O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) in the paint and O’Neil made the layup to put the Eagles up 31-29.

It looked as if the Eagles were going into the half with the lead, but the Mustangs’ Mouhammad Faye hit a jumper from 10-feet out at the buzzer to tie the game, 31-31.

In the second half, a three-pointer on the Mustangs' first possession led to a 16-5 run that the Eagles couldn’t recover from.

On the night, SMU out-rebounded FGCU by a 44-23 margin. FGCU shot 43.1 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from behind the arc, while SMU shot 43.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from behind the arc. FGCU finished with 31 points off the bench and 10 fast break points.

Up Next
FGCU returns for their home-opener at Alico Arena on Dec. 1 at 7:05 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman. For tickets, please contact the Alico Arena Box Office at (239) 590-7145, or visit www.fgcuathletics.com/tickets for more information.