Eagles Set to Host the Stetson Hatters in A-Sun Action
Monday, January 25, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team wraps up their three-game homestand with a match-up against Stetson on Wednesday night. The game will follow the 5:15 p.m. women’s game against Stetson as part of a doubleheader, with tip-off tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

FGCU-Stetson Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.fgcuathletics.com
Series: Stetson leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Stetson 72, FGCU 64, 12/29/09 at DeLand, 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.

Year          Record          Home         Away       A-Sun
2009-10       6-13              3-4            3-9            3-7
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         141-93        98-28           35-60       16-29

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 traveled to North Carolina to wrap up the Eagles non-conference road slate.

Keepin’ It Close
• With their two nail-biters on Jan. 22 and 24, the Eagles became the first A-Sun team since Stetson last Feb 7 and 9 to play in back-to-back 1-point games

02/07/2009 Stetson @ SC-Ups L 53 54
02/09/2009 Steson @ EastTn W 64 63

FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 43-34 (.558) in games played in the month of January.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 11-19 (.366) record to start the New Year which includes key wins over Belmont, ETSU, Kennesaw State, and Mercer

FGCU vs. The A-Sun
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 16-29 (.356) record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.

Year        A-Sun
2009-10     3-7
2008-09    7-13
2007-08     6-9
2006-07     N/A
2005-06     N/A
2004-05     N/A
2003-04     N/A
2002-03     N/A
Total        16-29

The Three Amigos
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks (12.2 ppg), junior guard Reed Baker (11.1 ppg), and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.9 ppg) are responsible for 51.2 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 17 of the Eagles 19 games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring six times, including three of the last five contests. Baker and Chambers have led the way seven and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack are Banks and Baker with 232 and 211 points, respectively. With 12.2 ppg, Banks is 15th and Baker ranks 19th in the A-Sun.
• Baker has added double figures in nine of his last 13 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 15 games this season. Against DePaul, he added his first career double-double by collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds. Against Jacksonville (1/10/10) Banks recorded his second double-double as he netted 14 points and added 12 rebounds. AtETSU (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 252 of FGCU’s 444 points (56.8 percent). Chambers (23rd) is also in the top 30 in scoring in the A-Sun.

New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 36.6 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has more than half of the points for the newcomers, recording 232 of the 451 (51.4 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 3.0 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 3.9 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 80 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 4.21 assists per game.

Charitable Work
• 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.

Reserve Strength
• 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 eight games, the FGCU bench has collected 141 points (17.6 ppg).

Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last eight games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a 234-162 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
• 11 of the Eagles 13 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 36.2 percent (164-453) from behind the arc, including a 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 29.5 percent (80-271) 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 led 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 160 steals. Chambers leads the team with 35, while O’Neil’s 24 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 22 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 69 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 Sunday, Jan. 24 – 71-70 win vs Mercer
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks’ layup with 7.6 seconds remaining bolstered the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team to a 71-70 victory over Mercer at Alico Arena Sunday, snapping their six-game Atlantic Sun losing streak
• Senior forward Kyle Marks led all scorers with 14 points, including a stretch in the second half when he scored on four straight Eagle possessions. Senior Derrick O’Neil chipped in with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Banks finished with 12 points and five boards.
• Daniel Emerson led the Bears with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Florence, the A-Sun’s leading scorer, was held to only 11 points, ten below his average.

Friday, Jan. 22 – 69-68 loss vs Kennesaw State
• The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team fell to Kennesaw State in the final seconds of Friday night’s game, 69-68. FGCU used a late 12-0 run to take a one-point lead, but fell just short of the win.
• Redshirt-freshman Anthony Banks (Lantana, Fla.) scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half on 6-of-8 shooting, and recorded seven rebounds. Sophomore Reggie Chambers (Miramar, Fla.) added 16 points and six rebounds, while Derrick O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) grabbed a game high 10 rebounds. Kennesaw State’s Markeith Cummings led all scorers with 30 points.
• Cummings scored the first 17 points for the Owls, singlehandedly outscoring the Eagles through the first 7:19 of the game (17-14).

Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles will hit the road for a pair of A-Sun games this weekend, traveling first to Kennesaw State on Saturday, Jan. 30 (7:30 pm). FGCU will then take on Mercer on Feb. 1 at 9 pm in a game broadcast live on CSS (Comcast channel 70).

About Stetson
• Stetson could not maintain the heat it generated Friday night in its win over Mercer and as a consequence fell 75-59 to Kennesaw State Sunday afternoon in the Edmunds Center.
• Senior guard A.J. Smith led the Hatters with 17 points, while redshirt freshman Ridge Graham tallied a dozen second half points on his way to 15 for the game. Markeith Cummings led all scorers with 19 points for the Owls. • With the loss to KSU, Stetson dropped to 5-13 overall and 3-7 in the A-Sun.
• The Hatters, tied for last in the conference with a 3-7 A-Sun record, rank last or next to last in the A-Sun in scoring, scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage, rebounding, rebounding margin, blocked shots, assists, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio, offensive rebounds, and defensive rebounds.
• The Hatters are led by A.J. Smith’s 14.6 ppg, placing him seventh in the A-Sun in scoring. Ridge Graham ranks 16th in scoring with 13.4 ppg. Graham is 10th in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 6.1 boards per contest.
• The Stetson University men’s basketball team is under the direction of tenth year head coach Derek Waugh. Waugh has gone from the youngest Division I head coach in the country when he took over the Stetson program in 2000 to the most tenured coach in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the third most tenured Division I coach in the state of Florida. He ranks third all-time in wins at Stetson, second in wins in the Division I era and first in career conference wins. Overall, the Hatters have won 23 of their last 30 home games under Waugh and have set three school records in the modern era for win streaks in the last three years (overall, road and home). Waugh signed a contract extension following the 2007-08 season that will keep him on the Hatter sidelines for years to come

Stetson leads series with FGCU 4-1