MACON, Ga. – After a quiet first-half against former Atlantic Sun member, Florida International, Florida Gulf Coast’s Landon Adler exploded in the second half, scoring 19 of his team-high 23 points and grabbing nine of his 12 rebounds as the Eagles came back from a 11-point first-half deficit to hand the Panthers their third straight loss. For his effort, the junior forward earned the Player of the Week honor, the conference office announced on Monday, marking the first honor for a Florida Gulf Coast men’s basketball player in this, the Eagles’ first season in the A-Sun.
Adler, a communications major from Decatur, Ind., added four steals in the FIU game and went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe, all in the second half. In addition, he scored 11 in Florida Gulf Coast’s game with Arizona State on Monday, a 91-59 loss. For the week, he averaged 17.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG and shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field.
In this, his second year with the Eagles after transferring from Ball State, Alder ranks fourth in the A-Sun in rebounding at 8.4 RPG and 13th in scoring at 14.0 PPG, increasing both from his 2006-07 averages of 10.7 PPG and 7.0 RPG. He owns three double-doubles this season. Adler has scored in double figures in seven of the Eagles’ first eight games and grabbed at least nine rebounds in five of those games.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Shane Dansby, BEL (Jr. – G/F – Pegram, Tenn. – Exercise Science) – Averaged 12.0 PPG and 6.5 RPG this past week; Scored a season-high 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds as the Bruins won home opener 85-62, over MTSU; Has scored in double figures in five straight games.
Thomas Sanders, GWU (Sr. – F – Sugarland, Texas – Sociology) – Recorded his sixth double-double in nine games in just 21 minutes (15 points, 10 boards) to lead Gardner-Webb to a convincing win over preseason Big South Conference favorite High Point (86-71).
Ben Smith, JU (So. – G – Dublin, Ga. – Undeclared) – Led JU in points, rebounds and assists against No. 10 Michigan State - scoring 16 points, pulling down five boards and dishing out five assists; Has scored in double figures in all six of JU's games; Second in the league in scoring and assists.
Travis Strong, ETSU (Sr. – G – Memphis, Tenn. – Sports Management) – Averaged 18.0 PPG in two games last week, hitting on 55 percent of his shots from the floor (11-of-20), 50 percent from 3-point range (7-of-14), and 78 percent from the foul line (7-of-9); Netted game-high 21 vs Tennessee Wesleyan.
Release courtesy of Atlantic Sun Media Relations