GAME PREVIEW: Lipscomb Visits Alico Arena on Monday Evening
|Florida Gulf Coast||39||50||89|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.397 (23-58)||.540 (34-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.478 (11-23)|
|FT Percentage||.548 (17-31)||.833 (10-12)|
MURRAY - 6
BROWN - 6
MURRAY - 2
FGCU (12-13, 7-7 A-SUN) vs. Lipscomb (12-13, 7-6 A-SUN)
DATE: Monday, Feb. 13, 2012
CITY: Fort Myers, Fla.
SITE: Alico Arena (4,500)
TIP-OFF: 7:05 p.m. ET
LIVE AUDIO: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
TALENT: Tom James (Play-by-Play) J. Webb Horton (Analyst)
LIVE STATS: www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
CURRENT STREAK: L2
LAST 5 GAMES: 2-3
AT HOME: 8-4
SERIES: Lipscomb leads, 6-2
LAST MEETING: FGCU 84, @Lipscomb 80 – OT - Jan. 14, 2012
AT A GLANCE
With less than two weeks and four Atlantic Sun games remaining in the regular season, FGCU will look to clinch its first-ever postseason berth on Monday night in a critical conference showdown with Lipscomb. The Eagles can seal up a berth in the A-Sun Tournament with a win over the Bison or a Jacksonville loss at ETSU. Currently in a tie for sixth place with North Florida, FGCU is a half-game back of fourth place Lipscomb. The Eagles are also in search of their first-ever season sweep of Lipscomb, who is coming off a 99-91 overtime win at Stetson on Saturday.
FGCU picked up its first-ever road win in the series and the program's second victory in Nashville with a 84-80 overtime triumph at Lipscomb on Jan. 14. Five different players reached double figures to help the Eagles erase a 13-point second half deficit before prevailing in overtime. Lipscomb leads the all-time series 6-2 and is 3-1 at Alico Arena.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Junior SHERWOOD BROWN, the A-Sun Player of the Week on Jan. 31, has reached double figures in seven straight games, a span in which he is averaging team-bests of 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. The Orlando product is just one of two A-Sun players currently in the top 11 in scoring (12.7/11th) and rebounding (6.0/9th), joining USC Upstate's Torrey Craig. Brown would have drawn the defensive assignment of guarding the nation's top three-point shooter Jordan Burgason, but Lipscomb dismissed Burgason prior to its two-game road trip.
Lipscomb enters Monday night with an identical overall record of 12-13, but is a half-game up on FGCU in the A-Sun standings at 7-6. Despite having leading scorer Jordan Burgason (16.4 ppg) dismissed before the weekend, the Bison came up with a gutsy 99-91 overtime win at Stetson to improve an impressive 4-2 in A-Sun road games. Junior Deonte Alexander poured in a career-high 27 points in the win at Stetson, while the bench picked up some of the scoring slack with a combined 39 points. Lipscomb is second in the A-Sun in scoring (75.0) and tops in three-point field goal percentage (.384), both of which were aided by Burgason's 16.4 points and 71-of-135 year from beyond the arc. Senior forward Justin Glenn has followed in the footsteps of former A-Sun Player or the Year Adnan Hodzic nicely, contributing 8.1 points, 7.1 rebounds a nearly two blocks per game. Rookie Zavion Williams has bounced back from mid-season surgery that caused him to miss five games, averaging 9.1 points.
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.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Freshmen BERNARD THOMPSON and Brett Comer are both making strong cases for A-Sun Freshman of the Year. Thompson leads all conference rookies in rebounding (4.8) and steals (2.0), while ranking second in scoring (11.3) - figures that are all in the top 20 in the A-Sun. Comer leads the entire league in assists (5.5) and is fourth among A-Sun freshman in scoring (9.1). A product of Conyers, Ga., Thompson has led FGCU in scoring eight times thanks to a team-best 17 double figure outings, while Comer has been the team leader in assists in all but one contest. Both have been named A-Sun Newcomer of the Week on one occasion.
Highlighted by a program Division I record 64.7 percent shooting night (33-51) at Stetson, FGCU is third in the A-Sun in field goal percentage (.467) and second in three-point percentage (.379) behind Lipscomb - figures that rank 46th and 28th nationally in the latest rankings. The Eagles have been held below 40 percent in a game just four times (0-4), while going 7-1 when breaking the 50-percent plateau. FGCU shot 50 percent or better in three straight games (@Stetson, Longwood, Kennesaw State), a program Division I record and just the fourth time in the 10 years of the program it has been accomplished. The Green and Blue's current 46.7 field goal percentage is on pace to break the single-season record.
Freshman BRETT COMER leads the A-Sun, is second among all freshmen and 31st nationally in assists per game (5.5). Highlighted by his 12-assist night against Longwood, Comer is the first A-Sun player since 2007 to have three double figure assist games in the same season. Comer has led the team in assists in all but one game and has passed out seven or more helpers nine times. His 138 assists on the season rank seventh in single-season history, while he is trying to become the first freshman to lead the league in assists since Mercer's James Florence did so in 2006-07.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU
Named the A-Sun Player of the Week on Jan. 31, junior SHERWOOD BROWN leads the team in both scoring (12.7) and rebounding (6.0) - figures that rank 11th and ninth in the A-Sun. With team-bests of three 20-point games and three double-doubles, Brown has reached double figures 15 times in 21 contests, including seven straight, and also ranks 12th in the A-Sun with a 51.0 FG percentage. Brown is vying to become the third player in FGCU history to lead the team in scoring and rebounding in the same season. Below is a look at how Brown stacks up in the A-Sun.
A season-best six players reached double figures in FGCU's win over Longwood, while at least five players have done so in seven times (7-0), and the Eagles are 8-2 when four or more players reach double-digits in the same game. Freshman BRETT COMER'S 24 points at Stetson were the most by an Eagle this season as he became the fourth player to reach the 20 point plateau. A total of eight players have reached the double-digits this season, while six have led the team in scoring at least once.
WE’LL PICK YOU UP
Through 25 games, FGCU averages 28.0 points per game off the bench. The bench has supplied a double figure scorer in 21 games, including the team's leading scorer on 11 occasions, while scoring 25+ points 17 times as a unit. At SMU, sophomore CHRISTOPHE VARIDEL poured in 20 points on 6-of-7 from three-point land and turned in another 20-point game against Maine to account for the top two bench efforts. Against Longwood, the bench produced 49 points for their third 40+ point night of the season. FGCU has won the battle of the benches in 20 of 25 games.
Sophomore CHASE FIELER has reached double-digits 10 times this season compared to five through all of last year, and is averaging 7.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. Against Maine, Fieler hauled down a career-high 11 rebounds to go with 11 points for his first double-double, and had a career-high 15 points against Kennesaw State. Fieler leads the team with 27 blocks - the eighth-best total in single-season history.
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