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Eagles Set To Host Conference Foes This Weekend
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team looks to get back on track as they host a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a contest against Kennesaw State on Friday night (7:05 pm), followed by a Sunday afternoon (2:05 pm) tilt with Mercer.
FGCU-Kennesaw State Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: Tied 2-2 Last Meeting: FGCU 61, Kennesaw State 57, 2/16/09 at Fort Myers, Fla.
FGCU-Mercer Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: Mercer leads 4-0 Last Meeting: FGCU 75, Mercer 82, 2/14/09 at Fort Myers, Fla.
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 27-55 record since becoming a member in 2007-08.
• Head Coach Dave Balza has been at the helm since FGCU’s inaugural season in 2002-03. He has recorded 20 plus wins in four seasons, with a season-best 27 wins during the 2006-07 season.
• The Eagles were picked seventh in the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches poll.
• 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 traveled to North Carolina to wrap up the Eagles non-conference road slate.
FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 42-33 (.594) in games played in the month of January.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 10-18 (.357) record to start the New Year which includes key wins over Belmont, ETSU and Kennesaw State.
FGCU vs. The A-Sun
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 15-28 record against conference opponents. • The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Junior guard Reed Baker (11.9 ppg), freshman forward Anthony Banks (11.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.8 ppg) are responsible for 52.3 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 15 of the Eagles 17 games this season. Baker has led FGCU in scoring six times, including four of the past six contests. Banks and Chambers have led the way six and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack are Baker and Banks, each with 202 points. With 11.9 ppg, Baker and Banks are both tied for 16th in the A-Sun.
• Baker has added double figures in nine of his last 11 games, including two 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09).
• Chambers put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09). Chambers also lead the Eagles in 3-point field goal percentage (.375).
• Banks has reached double-figures in 13 games this season. Against DePaul, he added his first career double-double by collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the 6-foot-6 forward has recorded double-figures against No. 2 Michigan State, Miami, Bethune-Cookman, Longwood, FIU, USC Upstate, DePaul, Belmont and Lipscomb. Against Jacksonville (1/10/10) Banks recorded his second double-double as he netted 14 points and added 12 rebounds. Last time out, at ETSU (1/16/10) Banks registered his third double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.
• In the Eagles five wins, the three have combined for 228 of FGCU’s 373 points (61.1 percent). Chambers (26th) is also in the top 30 in scoring in the A-Sun.
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 36.9 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has exactly half of the points for the newcomers, recording 202 of the 404 (50-percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 2.9 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 4.1 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 Eddie Murray is third among scoring for the newcomers; he scored a career-high 11 points at North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Junior transfer Charlie Lytle and freshman Brett Williams have combined for 40 total points. Lytle is tied for fourth on the team with eight blocks.
A Helping Hand
• Nine Eagles have already collected double-figures in the assists category.
• Chambers leads the team with 73 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 4.29 assists per game.
• Baker is second in the A-Sun, shooting 83.1 percent (49-59) from the charity stripe.
• Last season, he led the Eagles and the A-Sun with a free-throw percentage of 84.4.
• Murray and Brown lead FGCU off the bench.
• Brown led the Eagles off the bench at Stetson (12/29/09), scoring eight points with seven rebounds in 21 minutes
• 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. At Stetson, the 6-goot-8 forward added six points and two boards in 12 minutes played.
• In the last six games, the FGCU bench has collected 89 points (14.8 ppg).
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last six games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a182-118 margin.
• At Lipscomb (1/4/10), FGCU outscored the Bisons 40-18 in the paint and held the leading A-Sun scorer Adnan Hodzic to only 10 points. Going into the contest with the Eagles, Hodzic was averaging 22.5 points per game.
Three Is the Key
• 10 of the Eagles 12 losses occurred when the opponent collected more threes than FGCU.
• Over a two-game stretch (1/8/10 vs. UNF, 1/10/10 vs. JU) the Eagles failed to connect on a 3-point attempt, going a combined 0-for-18.
• Opponents are shooting 35.0 percent (142-406) from behind the arc, including 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 29.1 percent (69-237) from behind the arc.
• The Eagles are 1-2 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 139 steals. Chambers leads the team with 27, while O’Neil’s 19 thefts are second on the team.
FGCU 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 21 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 65 shot attempts.
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 for the week of Dec. 7-13. 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 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 Saturday, Jan. 16 – 73-51 loss at ETSU
• A combination of poor shooting, mounting injuries and turnovers was too much for the FGCU men’s basketball team to overcome, as they fell to the ETSU Bucs by a score of 73-51.
• Redshirt-Freshman Anthony Banks (Lantana, Fla.) played well in the second half, scoring all 15 of his points in the final frame, on 7-of-9 shooting. Banks also pulled down 12 rebounds, marking his third double-double of the season. Additionally, Chambers and Marks added seven points apiece for the Eagles.
• In the end, it came down to turnovers for the Green and Blue, giving the ball away 26 times in the game compared to just 13 from their opposition.
Thursday, Jan. 14 – 61-45 loss at Campbell
• Turnovers once again proved to be the achilles heel for the FGCU men’s basketball team as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss at the hands of the Campbell Camels by a score of 61-45, Thursday night at the Pope Convocation Center. • Though the Eagles were down by as many as 20 points in the second half, they continued to battle and cut the lead to 49-35 as Miller hit another three-pointer and senior Derrick O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) cleaned up a rebound for a dunk. But a dry spell from the field doomed the Eagles as they hit just two shots from the field over the final 10:55 of the second half.
Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles will be back home as they wrap up a three-game homestand at Alico Arena on Wednesday, January 27, as Stetson makes the trip to Southwest Florida for a 7:05 p.m. game.
About Kennesaw State
• In their last contest, Kennesaw State fell to USC Upstate, 66-62, in overtime. The Owls held a six-point lead late in the second half, but went scoreless over the final six minutes of regulation as the Spartans ended the game on an 8-0 run to force the fourth overtime in the series. LaDaris Green had a game-high 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-digit rebound effort while Jon-Michael Nickerson had five points and nine rebounds.
• With the loss to the Spartans, Kennesaw State moved into last place in the A-Sun with a 1-6 conference record.
• The Owls are led by Markeith Cummings’ 16.9 ppg, placing him fifth in the A-Sun in scoring. Kurtis Woods is not too far behind, scoring 13.4 ppg, good for 11th in the A-Sun. Green is third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 8.7 boards per contest. Cummings grabs 5.7 rebounds per game, 13th-best in the A-Sun, and dishes out 2.56 assists per game, 14th in the conference.
• The Kennesaw State University men’s basketball team is under the direction of tenth year head coach Tony Ingle. In nine seasons with the Owls, Ingle has thrusted Kennesaw State from years of mediocrity into the national spotlight - capped by winning the 2003-04 Division II National Championship. The Owls won double-digit games in three of their four Division I transition seasons and now, after successfully completing the four-year reclassification period, the Owls have finished with the second-highest winning percentage of all teams who have transitioned from Division II to Division I over the past six years. In his brief time in the Atlantic Sun Conference, Ingle has quickly made a name for the Owls. He has twice finished with a .500 record in the conference and had a nine-game conference winning streak in his first year in the A-Sun. Twice in his four seasons in the conference he has led the Owls to victories over Belmont and Lipscomb in the same weekend, the only current team in the A-Sun to accomplish that feat in the past six years.
Series tied 2-2 – Home: 2-0; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0
• Mercer looks to remain unbeaten in 2010 after posting victories in five-straight A-Sun contests. The Bears are 9-8 (5-2 A-Sun) after topping USC Upstate, 60-57 on Jan. 15.
• With the win over the Spartans, Mercer sits in second place in the A-Sun, just one-half game behind Campbell and ETSU.
• The Bears are led by James Florence, the second-leading scorer in the A-Sun with 21.1 ppg. Florence is also third in the conference in assists (4.76/game) and seventh in steals (1.76/game). Daniel Emerson leads the conference with 11.5 rebounds per game to go along with 14.1 points per game, good for eighth in the A-Sun.
• In his first season at the helm of the Mercer University basketball program, Bob Hoffman made an immediate mark. He guided the 2008-09 Bears to a 17-15 overall record and 11-9 in Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) play. It was the Bears' most wins since the 2002-03 season and their first winning mark in conference play since 2004-05. Hoffman has been successful at all levels and boasts a proven track record from high school through the professional ranks. His overall record as a head coach at the collegiate level is 417-185. When his Mercer team takes the court, he will rank among the top 20 active collegiate coaches in winning percentage. Hoffman came to the Bears after serving as head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a NBA Developmental League franchise, and guided the American Basketball Association's Arkansas Aeros to a 25-2 record in 2006-07. The Aeros led the league in scoring, averaging 133 points per game in Hoffman's up-tempo style of basketball.
Mercer leads 4-0 – Home: 0-2; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0