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FGCU Receives Votes in Mid-Major Poll for First Time in Program History
Monday, December 03, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Off to its best start in the program’s brief six-year Division I history, the FGCU men’s basketball team received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll for the first time, unveiled by the media outlet on Monday afternoon. The Eagles received 44 votes to sit at No. 27.

FGCU’s 6-3 start includes wins over ACC foe Miami (5-1), MAC West Division favorite Toledo and MAAC favorite Loyola University Maryland (7-2), who for the second straight week remained No. 21 in the Mid-Major Poll.

Under second-year head coach Andy Enfield, who led FGCU to the Atlantic Sun championship game in 2012, the Eagles’ six wins are tied with No. 6 Florida (6-0) for most wins by any of the 13 Division I programs in Florida. FGCU is as high as No. 34 in the RPI by Rivals and in the top 42 in the RPI’s produced by Statsheet (36), CollegeHoopsNet.com (36), CBS Sports (42), Real Time (42) and WarrenNolan.com (42).

FGCU is led by A-Sun’s top scoring tandem of senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) and sophomore Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS), who are tied for the team lead and rank sixth in the league in scoring at 15.2 points per game. The duo has reached double figures in the same game seven times and been the team’s top two scorers on six occasions. The Eagles are 4-0 when Brown leads the team in scoring, while Thompson has reached the 20-point plateau in all four of the team’s road games at VCU, Duke, St. John’s and Samford. Thompson has also been a catalyst on the defensive end, totaling a nation-high 29 steals to push FGCU to 9.4 thefts per game, a mark that leads the A-Sun and is 34th in the country. The Eagles have held their opponent to 54 points or less in four of their six wins, but have also shot an A-Sun-best 46 percent from the field.

FGCU will play its 10th game of the season on Tuesday night at Big XII foe Iowa State (5-2) at 8 p.m. EST. Free audio of the game can be found at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com with Gary Sharp on the call, while live in-game updates can also be found by follow @FGCU_MBB on twitter.

CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25
1. Gonzaga (30) – 774
2. Wichita State – 728
3. Creighton (1) – 685
4. Murray State – 671
5. Ohio – 651
6. Illinois State – 593
7. Bucknell – 571
8. Lehigh – 525
9. Belmont – 508
10. Saint Mary’s – 458
11. Middle Tennessee – 436
12. South Dakota State – 407
13. BYU – 396
14. Northern Iowa – 363
15. Davidson – 318
16. Akron – 286
17. Utah State – 255
18. Valparaiso – 232
19. Louisiana Tech – 169
20. College of Charleston – 135
21. Loyola-MD – 130
22. UIC – 107
23. Eastern Kentucky – 86
24. Cal State Northridge – 71
25. Albany – 61

Receiving Votes: Cleveland State 46, Florida Gulf Coast 44, Stephen F. Austin 43, Mercer 38, George Mason 34, Santa Clara 25, Western Kentucky 22, Western Michigan 22, North Dakota State 21, Indiana State 20, Pacific 17, North Texas 14, Oral Roberts 14, Southern Illinois 14, Bradley 11, Kent State 11, San Francisco 11, Jacksonville State 10, Hawaii 8, Iona 7, Wright State 6, Drexel 5, Loyola Chicago 5, Radford 3, Vermont 3, Bryant 2, Eastern Michigan 2, Sacramento State 1, Stony Brook 1.