GAME PREVIEW: FGCU Looks For Second Win Against Prairie View A&M
|Prairie View A&M||34||25||59|
|Florida Gulf Coast||30||38||68|
|Stats at a Glance||PVAMMBB||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.333 (22-66)||.404 (21-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (9-30)||.412 (7-17)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (6-8)||.704 (19-27)|
TEAM - 7
BROWN - 1
CANTINOL - 1
DATE: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011
CITY: Fort Myers, Fla.
SITE: Alico Arena (4,500)
TIP-OFF: 7:05 p.m. ET
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TALENT: Tom James (P-B-P)
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SERIES: Prairie View A&M leads, 1-0
LAST MEETING: Nov. 19, 2009
@Prairie View A&M 69, FGCU 54
LAST GAME: FGCU 79, Ave Maria 65
VS. THE SWAC: 1-1
AT A GLANCE
Coming off its first win under head coach Andy Enfield, FGCU returns to Alico Arena on Thursday night to host Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) member Prairie View A&M. The game will be the last at home before the Eagles head out on a four-game road swing to close the month of November. On Monday night, FGCU rebounded from its one-point season-opening loss at TCU by defeating Ave Maria, 79-65, in the home debut of Enfield. The Green and Blue were sparked by the backcourt play of junior SHERWOOD BROWN and freshman BRETT COMER, who combined for 36 points in the win.
Thursday night will be the second meeting between the two schools and FGCU's third against a team from the SWAC. Prairie View took the first meeting in 2009 in Texas with a 69-54 win over the Eagles. Just a combined five players from the two teams are currently on this year's roster that played in the contest in 2009.
SECOND HALF SURGE
Led by the play of freshman point guard BRETT COMER, FGCU has overcome a sluggish first half in each game by averaging nearly 45 points over the final 20 minutes. Comer has been the catalyst to the second half turnaround, averaging 12.5 points over the span while passing out eight assists that have led to 21 more points. As a team, FGCU is shooting a scalding 65 percent (34-52) in the second half, including 10-of-17 from three-point land. Nine of the 10 FGCU players who have taken a shot in the final 20 minutes are shooting 50 percent or better.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Predicted to finish seventh in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) preseason poll, Prairie View A&M is off to a 2-0 start after a pair of convincing victories at home. The Panthers, led by sixth-year head coach Byron Rimm II, welcome back three starters from last year's squad while also ushering a highly-anticipated 10 member recruiting class. All five starters through the first two games for the Panthers are members of the 10-player class, but the team's leading scorer is returning sophomore Demondre Champman, who has come off the bench to average 13.5 points per contest. Like the Eagles, Prairie View sports three players in double figures with junior college transfers Ryan Gesiakowski (12.5) and Jourdan DeMuynck (11.5) rounding out the double-digit scorers. The Panthers have also gotten good production from late signee Jules Montgomery, a 6-foot-11 forward from California. In the season opener against Schreiner University, Montgomery hauled in 12 rebounds and leads the team at an 8.5 per game clip. Through two games, Prairie View has grabbed 38 offensive rebounds leading to 41 second chance points and aiding in 102 points in the paint.
LAST GAME: BROWN, COMER LEAD FGCU PAST AVE MARIA
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sparked by 15 second half points from freshman BRETT COMER and SHERWOOD BROWN’S 19 points off the bench, the FGCU men’s basketball team picked up its first win under head coach Andy Enfield against Ave Maria, 79-64, in front of 1,547 fans in the home opener at Alico Arena Monday night. • FGCU created its first real separation of the game midway through the final frame, going on a 17-2 run over a seven-minute period that took what was a six-point lead and turned it into a the largest edge of the game (21), 58-37, for the Eagles with 9:02 play. • Brown scored 10 of his 19 points in the first half, sinking 3-of-6 from three-point land, while also adding six rebounds and three steals. It was Comer’s turn in the second half, as the Winter Park, Fla. product reached double figures over the final 20 minutes alone for the second straight game. Comer finished 7-of-10 from the field for 17 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and four assists. • After shooting just 31 percent in the first half, the Eagles shot a sweltering 69 percent (18-26) from the floor in the second frame en route to 48 points. FGCU’s finished above 50 percent for the second consecutive contest with a 52 percent clip (31-60).
FGCU will play seven games over 17-day span to open the season. Out of those seven games, five will come on the road, including two trips to Texas. The last four games of the month will come away from home in Texas, Miami and Maryland.
NEW COACH NEW HOPES
On March 31st, the FGCU men’s basketball program got a new look for its 10th season in program history when ANDY ENFIELD was named head coach. Enfield, who spent the previous five years as an assistant with Florida State, is the second head coach in FGCU’s brief history. While at FSU, Enfield was a part of two teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and back-to-back clubs that lead the NCAA in defensive field goal percentage.
FGCU's freshmen class has wasted little time making an impact, accounting for 47 percent of the scoring, 42 percent of the rebounds and 65 percent of the assists. Point guard BRETT COMER leads the team in scoring (12.5) and assists (4.5), while BERNARD THOMPSON leads the team in rebounding (6.0) and is third in scoring (12.5). As a class, the freshmen are shooting 55 percent (29-53) from the field.
Junior SHERWOOD BROWN will be a key component to FGCU’s success under first-year head coach ANDY ENFIELD. Sparked by a career-high 26 points in the season finale at USC Upstate, Brown finished last February (10 games) with a 11.2 scoring average - more than four points above his season mark. Brown reached double figures in each of the final four games, averaging 18.3 points while leading the team in scoring three times. Through the first two games this season, Brown has carried that momentum over with an average of 13.5 points. The Orlando, Fla. product came off the bench for 19 points and six rebounds in the win over Ave Maria.
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