FGCU Wraps Up Non-Conference Road Slate at NCCU
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla.The FGCU men’s basketball team will look for its third straight victory as they travel to Durham, N.C. to face North Carolina Central on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m. FGCU is 1-0 all-time against NCCU, FGCU defeated the Eagles of NCCU back on Nov. 20, 2008 by a score of 66-58.   

Game Information

Streaming Audio/Radio:  ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton

Streaming Video:  N/A

Live Stats:  http://nccueaglepride.cstv.com

Series Information: FGCU Leads 1-0

Last Meeting:  FGCU 66, NCCU 58, 11/20/08 at Alico Arena


FGCU Eagles

2009-10 Record:  2-6

                A-Sun:  1-0

Head Coach:  Dave Balza

                Alma Mater:  Michigan ‘91

                Career:  172-134 (11th year)

                at FGCU:  137-86 (8th year)

Website:  http://www.fgcuathletics.com


NCCU Eagles

2009-10 Record:  2-7


Head Coach:  LeVelle Moton (1st year)

                Alma Mater:  NCCU ‘96

                Career Record:   2-7 (1st year)

                At NCCU:  2-7 (1st year)

Website:  http://nccueaglepride.cstv.com


Hot Topics

• FGCU in December.

• Redshirt freshman Anthony Banks leads FGCU in scoring.

• Guard Reed Baker scored a career-high 27 points at USC Upstate.

• Four Eagles have recorded 10 or more assist on the year.

• Chambers named A-Sun Player of the Week.

• FGCU snapped road losing streak.


About Florida Gulf Coast 

• Florida Gulf Coast University started playing collegiate basketball in 2002-03, and posted a 23-9 record in the program’s first season. 

• This is FGCU’s third season as a Division I program, posting a combined 21-41 record in their two previous seasons. 

• The Eagles were picked seventh in the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches poll.

• FGCU’s year-by-year Results:


Year                       Record Home     Away      A-Sun

2009-10                 2-6          1-1          1-5          1-0

2008-09                 11-20     11-6        0-14        7-13

2007-08                 10-21     4-7          5-13        6-9

2006-07                 27-6        20-3        4-3          N/A

2005-06                 18-12     13-6        5-6          N/A

2004-05                 24-7        18-1        5-3          N/A

2003-04                 22-5        15-1        7-4          N/A

2002-03                 23-9        14-0        6-8          N/A

Total                       137-86   96-25     33-56     14-22


FGCU in December

• FGCU has an all-time record of 37-18 in games played in the month of December.

• After two seasons in Division I, FGCU has an 8-10 record in December which includes key wins over FIU, Penn, FAU, USC Upstate and Army.


FGCU vs. MEAC Opponents
• The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the addition of North Carolina Central University to the conference as its 13th member, as voted on by the conference's Council of Chief Executive Officers (CCEOs), effective July 1, 2010.

• FGCU currently has an 3-1 all-time record against the MEAC.

11/12/07                               at Bethune-Cookman                         W 60-57
11/24/07                                vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore              W 71-58 (South Padre Island Invite)
11/20/08                vs. North Carolina Central               W 66-58
 12/1/09                 vs. Bethune-Cookman                       L 67-59


New Kids on the Block

• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 40.7 percent of FGCU’s scoring.

• Leading the way is freshman Anthony Banks, Banks recorded double-figures against No. 2 Michigan State, Miami, Bethune-Cookman, Longwood, FIU and USC Upstate. His 13 points per game leads the team and lands him in the top 20 in the A-Sun. Banks added a season-best 21 points at USC Upstate (12/14/09).

• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 3.6 points per game. Miller had a season-best 10 points at Longwood (12/5/09).

• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring among the FGCU newcomers, averaging five points per game. Brown added a season-high 14 points at Longwood (12/5/09), going 4-6 from the field and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.

• Junior transfer Charlie Lytle and freshman Brett Williams have combined for 30 total points. Lytle is third on the team with five blocks.


Show Us the Way

• FGCU guards Reed Baker and Reggie Chambers lead the Eagles attack, averaging 12.0 and 11.6 points respectively.

• Baker scored a career-high 27 points at USC Upstate (12/14/09). He also added a season-best five 3-pointers and eight free throws made.

• Chambers has posted double-figures in five of the Eagles eight games, including a 20 point performance against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 19, 2009. The 5-9 sophomore has scored 16 points in each of the Eagles past two games.


A Helping Hand

• Four Eagles have already collected double-figures in the assists category.

• Chambers leads the team with 20 assists, including a career-high seven assist against FIU (12/12/09).

• Miller has 19 assists per game, and recorded a season-best 10 assists at Longwood on (12/5/09).

• Derrick O’Neil has recorded at least two assists in five of the Eagles eight games, and is currently third on the team with 15.

 • Baker has recorded an assists in all but one game this season, and his 10 assist lands him fourth on the team.


Individual Accolades

• Chambers delivered a perfect shooting night in the Atlantic Sun Game of the Week against FIU (Dec. 12) to win A-Sun Player of the Week honors, for the week of Dec. 6-12. For Chambers, this is his second Player of the Week award of his career; FGCU has brought the award back to Fort Myers, Fla. a total of four times since becoming a member of the A-Sun in 2007-08. The sophomore guard shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the field as he finished with 16 points aiding the Eagles to an 81-64 victory against FIU. He also dished out a career-high seven assists against the Golden Panthers.

• Chambers became the seventh player in the nation, and second player in the conference, this season to register a perfect shooting night from the field while making at least four 3-point field goals joining Kennesaw State’s Kelvin McConnell. When factoring in his seven assists, no player in the nation has combined the shooting performance with the number of assists in a game this season.

• Chambers was named to the 2008-09 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball All-Freshmen team last season. Chambers averaged 8.6 points per game and 10.8 points per game in conference play.  He also averaged 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and led the Eagles in assists with 81 on the year.


Marks’ Block Party

• Last season, senior Kyle Marks finished second in the A-Sun with 1.65 blocks per game. His 51 blocks led the team, and set an FGCU single season record.

• This season, the 6-foot-7 forward leads the team with seven blocks. 

• After eight games last season, Marks had nine blocks.


Traveling Blues

• The win on Monday night at USC Upstate marked the Eagles first win on the road since Jan. 26, 2008 at Gardner-Webb.

• Last season FGCU finished with a 0-14 record away from the friendly confines of Alico Arena.


Three Is the Key

• Five of the Eagles six losses occurred when the opponent collected more three’s than FGCU.   

• Opponents are shooting 35.7 percent (66-185) from behind the arc, including 13 three-point performances by Miami and USC Upstate.

 • FGCU is shooting 29.4 percent (35-119) from behind the arc. In the Eagles win against FIU, FGCU hit five of their seven three-pointers in the first half.

 • The Eagles are 1-1 when they drain more three-pointers than their opponent.


It Takes a Thief

• FGCU’s 238 steals last season came in big part of O’Neil. O’Neil lead the way with 48 steals on the season, collecting a season-best six steals against Jacksonville on Feb. 21, 2009.

• This season, FGCU has recorded 64 steals. Chambers leads the team with 11 and Banks is right behind him with 10.


Road Warriors

• 16 of FGCU’s 29 games this season will be played on the road. The Eagles faced the 2009 NCAA runner-up Michigan State as part of a four game road trip that took them through three different states to start the 2009-10 season. The Eagles made non-conference road trips to Texas, Miami, Virginia and travel will travel to North Carolina to wrap up the Eagles non-conference road slate.


Last Time Out

• Reed Baker scored a career-high 27 points to lead the FGCU men's basketball team to an 86-82 victory at USC Upstate, giving the Eagles their second consecutive win. That win marked the second time in three years that the Eagles have won their conference opener.

• FGCU built a 14 point lead midway through the first half, but the Spartans answered with 17-5 run to end the first half with FGCU leading 41-39.  There were seven more lead changes the rest of the game as the teams countered each other's shots. Chambers made two free throws with 22 seconds remaining and Banks converted a dunk with five seconds left as FGCU held off Upstate for the win. Banks went 8-12 from the field as he scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

• Reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, Chambers scored 16 points in 19 minutes. Both teams shot well, with FGCU shooting 46.2% for the game and USC Upstate shooting 43.8%.  Three-point shooting was even better, with the Eagles connecting on 9-of-17 (52.9%) three-point shots, and the Spartans making 13-of-25 (52.0%).


Up Next For FGCU

• The Eagles return home and wrap-up their non-conference slate against DePaul on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Alico Arena.  

• DePaul leads the all-time series with a 1-0 record.

• The last meeting was on Jan. 21, 2008, DePaul defeated FGCU 92-60 in Chicago, Ill.


About NCCU

• North Carolina Central University heads into the contest coming off an 82-63 home victory over Carver Bible College on Dec. 5 in Durham, N.C. In the win, six NCCU Eagles scored in double figures including Michael Glasker (15), Nick Chasten (15), Vincent Davis (14), C.J. Wilkerson (12), T.J. Granger (11), and Dami Sapara (11).

• NCCU holds a 2-7 overall record and is 2-0 in home contests on the season. The losses have come at the hands of North Carolina (42-89), Miami (53-83), FIU (73-83), Murray State (61-84), James Madison (66-79), Iowa (63-73), and Air Force (49-61).

• The NCCU Eagles are led by junior guard C.J. Wilkerson who is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game through the first nine contests. Junior guard Vincent Davis also provides solid minutes with his 12.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

• In April, North Carolina Central University announced alumnus LeVelle Moton as the 17th men's basketball head coach in school history. Moton returned to his alma mater as assistant men's basketball coach before being promoted to the head position. A former standout shooting guard for the NCCU Eagles from 1992-96, Moton ranks first in 3-point field goals made (213 of 529), third in scoring (1,714 points), fourth in free throws made (363 of 467), fifth in assists (278), eighth in field goals made (569 of 1,159), 10th in scoring average (16.6 points per game), and 11th in steals (110).


The FGCU-NCCU Series

• FGCU owns a 1-0 record in the all-time series against NCCU.

• In the first meeting, the FGCU Eagles got off to a quick start by knocking down a pair of three's followed by a lay-up to give FGCU an 8-0 edge just over five minutes into the game. With 9:56 left in the half, FGCU extended that lead to 19-6. However, NCCU closed out the half on a 15-6 run, including six consecutive points to end the half. Despite nine first-half turnovers and being out-rebounded 16-15, FGCU took a 25-21 lead into halftime. In the second half, Vincent Davis knocked down a three for NCCU on the first possession to trim the lead to a single point. That was as close as North Carolina Central would come to leading in the game. FGCU went on an 18-2 run to open up a comfortable 45-28 lead. But, much like the first half, NCCU would not go away, and after a Michael Glasker steal led to a lay-up, the lead was down to just three points (59-56) with 1:21 to play. NCCU made it 62-58 with 16 seconds left, but Reed Baker knocked down all four of his free throws to finish off the victory.

• For North Carolina Central, Vincent Davis led the team with 18 points (8-17 FG) and seven rebounds, while playing all 40 minutes for the Eagles.

• Reed Baker finished with nine points, while Derrick O’Neil added seven for FGCU. O’Neill also pulled down seven boards, and Baker added six rebounds. Reggie Chambers led FGCU with five assists with just one turnover in 11 minutes.


FGCU Leads 1-0 – Home: 1-0; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 0-0

11-20-08   vs NCCU (Alico Arena) W 66-58