FGCU Hosts DePaul to Conclude Non-Conference Play
Monday, December 21, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team will look for its fourth straight victory as they play host to DePaul on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Alico Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. as the Eagles face the Blue Demons for the second time.  

Students who have achieved perfect attendance in participating Lee County Schools have received free tickets to Tuesday’s game.  

Game Information

Radio/Streaming Audio:  ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton

Streaming Video:  A-Sun.TV

Live Stats:  www.FGCUathletics.com

Series:  DePaul leads 1-0

Last Meeting:  FGCU 60, DePaul 92, 1/21/08 at Chicago, Ill.

Tickets:  $3-20 based on location and available at the Alico Arena Box Office, and online at www.fgcuathletics.com/tickets


FGCU Eagles

2009-10 Record:  3-6

    A-Sun:  1-0

Head Coach:  Dave Balza

    Alma Mater:  Michigan ‘91

    Career:  173-134 (11th year)

    at FGCU:  138-86 (8th year)

Website:  http://www.fgcuathletics.com


DePaul Blue Demons

2009-10 Record:  7-4

    Big East:  0-0

Head Coach:  Jerry Wainwright (5th year)

    Alma Mater: Colorado College ‘68

    Career: 245-220 (5th year)

    At DePaul: 59-76 (15th year)

Website:  http://www.depaulbluedemons.com



Hot Topics

• FGCU has won 79.3 percent of their games as the home team.

• FGCU is 38-18 in games played in the month of December.

• The Eagles enter Tuesday’s contest 0-2 all-time versus the Big East.

• FGCU looks for their fourth consecutive win, which would be their longest winning streak since they became a member of Division I in the Fall of 2007.

• The Eagles continue conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 29 against Stetson at 8:00 p.m. in DeLand, Fla.


Welcome PJ

• FGCU and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida help a 9-year old’s wish come true. The Eagles welcome Patrick Chester Jr. as the honorary team captain for Tuesday’s game against DePaul.

• PJ will be introduced to the crowd, hangout with the team in the lockerroom and on the bench. He will be presented with an official uniform, custom-made basketball cards and an autographed framed team poster.


Home Sweet Home

• Alico Arena has served as the FGCU men’s basketball home arena since December of 2002. The Eagles played their first two home games at Germain Arena (formally known as Teco Arena) in their inaugural season.

• FGCU has a 96-25 (.793) all-time record as the home team. The Eagles recorded a season-best 20 home wins in the 2006-07 season, and went on to finish with a 27-6 overall record. 

• This season, FGCU has a 1-1 record and has outrebounded their opponents by a 78-54 margin.


Year                       Home    

2009-10                 1-1         

2008-09                 11-6       

2007-08                 4-7         

2006-07                 20-3       

2005-06                 13-6       

2004-05                 18-1       

2003-04                 15-1       

2002-03                 14-0       

Total                       96-25                    


FGCU in December

• FGCU has an all-time record of 38-18 in games played in the month of December.

• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 9-10 record in the month of December which includes key wins over FIU, Penn, FAU and Army.



Young Guns

• The Eagles five freshmen are responsible for 36.3 percent of FGCU’s scoring.

• Leading the way is freshman Anthony Banks. Banks has recorded double-figures in six of the Eagles nine games (No. 2 Michigan State, Miami, Bethune-Cookman, Longwood, FIU and USC Upstate). The 6-6 forward leads the team in points, minutes played, field goals made and rebounds. 

• Banks ranks fourth among all freshmen in the A-Sun, averaging 12.4 points per game.   

• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring among the FGCU freshmen, 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.

• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 3.2 points per game. Miller had a season-best 10 points at Longwood (12/5/09).

• Redshirt freshman Eddie Murray and true freshman Brett Williams have combined for 35 total points.


Scoring Surge

• Reed Baker posted double-figures in each of his last three games, including consecutive 20-point scoring performances with a career-high 27 points against USC Upstate (12/14/09). That effort came just two days after he scored 20 points to lead FGCU past FIU (12/12/09).   

• Through the first six games, Baker had 49 points (5 three-pointers), and in his last three games the junior guard has scored 61 points (nine three-pointers).


A Helping Hand

• Sophomore guard Reggie Chambers leads FGCU with 37 assists. His 4.1 assists per game lands him fifth in the A-Sun and second in the conference among sophomores.

• Chambers added a career-high 11 assists against North Carolina Central (12/16/09) as the Eagles were victorious 76-67.

• True freshman Hunter Miller is second on the team with 19 assists, he recorded a season-high six assists at SMU (11/21/09).


Charitable Work

• Three Eagles have recorded 20 or more free throws made on the season.

• Baker cashed in a season-high eight free throws against USC Upstate (12/14/09).

• Banks and Chambers are the other two Eagles with 20 plus free throws. Banks is shooting 65 percent (26-40) from the charity stripe, and Chambers has hit 22-of-33 (66.7 percent) of his free throws.


Reserve Strength

• Redshirt freshman Eddie Murray came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points against North Carolina Central (12/16/09). He hit all of his four shots he attempted against NCCU, he also added three free throws and three steals in 10 minutes played.

• In the last three games, the FGCU bench has collected 45 points.  


Three Is the Key

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

• Opponents are shooting 35.2 percent (74-210) from behind the arc, including 13 three-point performances by Miami and USC Upstate.

 • FGCU is shooting 29.3 percent (39-133) from behind the arc. In the Eagles win against FIU, FGCU hit five of their seven three-pointers in the first half. In the past two games the Eagles are shooting 41.9 percent (13-31) from downtown.


It Takes a Thief

• FGCU’s 238 steals last season came in big part by senior forward Derrick O’Neil. O’Neil led the way with 48 steals last season, collecting a season best six steals against Jacksonville on Feb. 21, 2009. This season O’Neil has collected 13 steals.

• This season, FGCU has recorded 85 steals. Chambers leads the team with 15 steals as four Eagles have double-figures in this category.  

• This time last season, the Eagles had 62 steals.


Twice is Nice

• Chambers’ steady hand at point guard helped FGCU to its second three-game win streak as a Division I program. For his effort, he earned consecutive Player of the Week awards for the week of Dec. 14-20. For Chambers, this is his third Player of the Week award of his career; FGCU has brought the award back to Fort Myers, Fla. a total of five times since becoming a member of the A-Sun in 2007-08.

• Chambers collected 28 points, 17 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals in FGCU’s two wins last week. Against USC Upstate, the sophomore guard added 16 points to complement his eight rebounds and six assists to help lead the Eagles past the Spartans. In the win against North Carolina Central, the Miramar, Fla., native registered a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists.

• Chambers became the first A-Sun men’s basketball player to win consecutive Player of the Week awards this season. Mercer’s James Florence won the last set of back-to-back weekly honors – winning for the first two weeks of the 2008-09 season.

• Chambers earned last week’s honor and 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 against FIU (12/1209), no player in the nation has combined the shooting performance with the number of assists in a game this season.


Post Season Honors

• 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.


Last Time Out

Four Eagles scored in double-figures as FGCU extended its winning streak to three games, defeating North Carolina Central, 76-67. Baker led the Eagles with 14 points, while Chambers added a career-high 11 assists.

The win tied FGCU’s longest winning streak since it became a member of Division I back in the Fall of 2007. Last season, the Eagles defeated Stetson (1/8/09), USC Upstate (1/10//09) and ETSU (1/12/09) to break their previous win streak of two games that they set in their first season in Division I.

O’Neil registered 11 points and four steals, Murray added a career-best 11 points and three steals as Chambers chipped in 12 points.

FGCU shot 43.5% (27-62) from the field and collected 21 steals on the night, one steal shy of a record they set in the 2003-04 season against Florida Tech on Dec. 4, 2003. NCCU shot 37.3% (23-61) from the field as FGCU forced 29 NCCU turnovers.


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 thru three different states to start the 2009-10 season. The Eagles also made non-conference road trips to Texas, Miami, Virginia and North Carolina.


Up Next For FGCU

• The Eagles continue conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 29 against Stetson at 8:00 p.m. in DeLand, Fla.

• Stetson leads the all-time series with a 3-1record. Last season Stetson defeated FGCU, 76-71 in DeLand, Fla. (12/4/08), but FGCU answered with an 85-76 victory at Alico Arena (1/8/09).  


FGCU vs. Big East Opponents
• FGCU currently has a 0-2 all-time record against teams currently in the Big East.

• This will be the second meeting between FGCU and DePaul.

01/21/08                               at DePaul                              L 92-60
03/04/08                                at Marquette                         L 67-37


About The Blue Demons

In their last outing, DePaul defeated Texas State 86-69 in their final home non-conference game of the year. The Blue Demons were led by senior guard Will Walker’s 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists. DePaul shot 51.6 percent from field and recorded more steals (15), blocks (8), assists (21), and committed five fewer turnovers than Texas State.

The Blue Demons are 7-4 overall and 2-3 in the last five games. DePaul posted a 4-1 record in November with wins over Columbia, Northern Iowa, Saint Joseph's and Detroit with the lone defeat at the hands of Tennessee. In December, the Blue Demons are 3-3 with wins over Alabama State, UIC, and Texas State to go along with losses to Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and American.

Senior guard Will Walker has started every game and leads DePaul with 17.0 points per game to go along with 18 steals and 12 blocks through the first eleven contests. The Blue Demons also receive solid playing time from junior big man Mac Koshwal, averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in his three starts.

Jerry Wainwright enters his 16th season as a NCAA Division I head coach in 2009-10 and his fifth on the sidelines at DePaul. During his collegiate tenure, Wainwright has taken his teams to seven postseason tournaments including three NCAA berths and four NIT appearances. Wainwright took over the Blue Demons after 11 successful seasons as a head coach, including the three years at Richmond and eight at UNC Wilmington. Wainwright has an overall career record of 245-220 (59-76 at DePaul) with a 145-118 in conference play (20-48 in Big East).


The FGCU-DePaul Series

• DePaul owns a 1-0 record in the all-time series between the two teams.

• A total of nine players recorded double-figures in their last meeting, DePaul took advantage of 20 FGCU turnovers to defeat the Eagles by a score of 92-60.


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

01-21-08     at DePaul (Chicago, Ill.)  L  92-60