FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of A-Sun games this weekend, beginning with a visit to Kennesaw State on Saturday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. and with Mercer University on Monday, February 1 in a game scheduled for a 9 p.m. tip. The Mercer game can also be seen live in Southwest Florida on CSS (Comcast channel 70).
FGCU-Kennesaw State Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http: www.ksuowls.com
Series: Kennesaw State leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Kennesaw State 69, FGCU 68, 01/22/10, Alico Arena
Television: Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS: Comcast channel 70).
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: www.mercerbears.com/index.aspx
Series: Mercer leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Mercer 71, FGCU 70, 01/24/10, Alico Arena
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 28-54 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 7-13 4-4 3-9 4-7
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 142-93 99-28 35-60 17-29
• 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 in mid December.
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 44-34 (.564) in games played in the month of January.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 12-19 (.387) 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 17-29 (.370) record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks (12.7 ppg), junior guard Reed Baker (11.5 ppg), and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.8 ppg) are responsible for 52.4 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 18 of the Eagles 20 games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring seven times, including four of the last six contests. Baker and Chambers have led the way seven and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack are Banks and Baker with 253 and 230 points, respectively. With 12.7 ppg, Banks is 13th and Baker ranks 18th in the A-Sun. Banks added his fourth double-double of the season in the Eagles last contest against Stetson (01/27/10), collecting 21 points and 10 rebounds.
• Banks has reached double-figures in 16 games this season. Against DePaul (12/22/09), 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. At ETSU (1/16/10) Banks registered his third double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Against Stetson (1/27/10) Banks earned his fourth double-double scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds.
• Baker has added double figures in 10 of his last 14 games, including two 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09) and a 19 point outing against Stetson (1/27/10). Baker leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.340).
• Chambers put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09). Chambers is second on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.338).
• In the Eagles seven wins, the three have combined for 298 of FGCU’s 508 points (58.7 percent). Chambers (24rd) 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 253 of the 474 (53.4 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring among the FGCU newcomers, averaging 3.7 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).
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 2.9 points per game. Miller had a season-best 10 points at Longwood (12/5/09).
• Junior transfer Charlie Lytle and freshman Brett Williams have combined for 40 total points. Lytle is fourth on the team with eight blocks.
A Helping Hand
• Six Eagles have already collected 19 or more assists on the season.
• Chambers leads the team with 84 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 4.20 assists per game. Charitable Work
• Baker leads the A-Sun, shooting 83.1 percent (54-65) from the charity stripe.
• Last season, he led the Eagles and the A-Sun with a free-throw percentage of 84.4.
• Brown Murray 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 nine games, the FGCU bench has collected 166 points (18.4 ppg). Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last nine games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a 264-186 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 35.7 percent (166-465) from behind the arc, including a 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 29.9 percent (84-281) from behind the arc.
• The Eagles are 2-2 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 166 steals. Chambers leads the team with 35, while O’Neil’s 25 thefts are second on the team. Chambers is tied for seventh in the A-Sun in this category.
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 23 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 71 shot attempts. Marks is currently seventh in the A-Sun.
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
Wednesday, Jan. 27 – 64-53 win vs Stetson
• FGCU picked up its second straight win with a 64-53 victory over Stetson on Wednesday night at Alico Arena. Banks led the Eagles with 21 points and ten rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. Banks also shot 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
• Baker added 19 points including 4-of-6 from behind the arc, and O’Neil collected 10 boards to go along with seven points.
• Ridge Graham led the Hatters with 14 points and six boards while A.J. Smith added 10 points.
Sunday, Jan. 24 – 71-70 win vs Mercer
• Banks’ layup with 7.6 seconds remaining bolstered FGCU to a 71-70 victory over Mercer at Alico Arena Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, snapping their six-game Atlantic Sun losing streak.
• FGCU led 54-43 with 12:21 to play before a 14-2 Mercer run would put them back on top, 57-56 with 7:19 remaining. The teams went back and forth before Baker drilled a 3-pointer with 6:06 left on the clock, regaining a 61-57 lead. The Eagles maintained the advantage until Kusnyer’s late 3-pointer, which would inevitably set up Banks’ game-winning layup.
• Marks led all scorers with 14 points, including a stretch in the second half when he scored on four straight Eagle possessions. 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 Eagles fell to Kennesaw State in the final seconds in their Jan. 22 meeting, 69-68.
• Markeith Cummings scored the first 17 points for the Owls, singlehandedly outscoring the Eagles through the first 7:19 of the game (17-14).
• Back-to-back threes from KSU extended the Owl advantage to 23-14 with 12:12 remaining in the first half.
• Kennesaw State would go on an 11-0 run, capped by a Cummings dunk to build a 38-22 lead with 3:50 left in the half.
• The Eagles scored the next five points, cutting the lead to 44-32 heading into the locker room.
• Kennesaw State maintained a double-digit lead throughout much of the second half, widening the gap to as much as 20 points (64-44) with 10:34 remaining.
• Trailing 65-46 with 8:34 remaining in the contest, the Blue and Green scored 10 consecutive points to trim the deficit to just nine (65-56) with six minutes to go.
• After a Jonathan Whipple dunk ended the KSU drought with 5:27 remaining, Redshirt freshman Anthony Banks answered back with a dunk of his own that sparked a 12-0 run, giving FGCU a one-point advantage (68-67) at the 1:17 mark.
• KSU’s Kurtis Woods hit both free throws off a Chad Lutkenhaus foul, advancing the Owls to a 69-68 lead.
• Despite having one last opportunity, a turnover by O’Neil with five seconds remaining would leave FGCU empty handed.
• Banks scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half on 6-of-8 shooting, and recorded seven rebounds. Sophomore Reggie Chambers added 16 points and six rebounds, while Derrick O’Neil grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
• Kennesaw State’s Markeith Cummings led all scorers with 30 points.
Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles return for a pair of A-Sun games on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, hosting ETSU and Campbell. FGCU takes on ETSU (Feb. 4) for a 7:30 p.m. tip, and Campbell (Feb. 6) at 5:15 p.m., both games are part of a double-header with the FGCU women’s basketball program.
About Kennesaw State
• Kennesaw state will look to win its fourth straight game on Saturday night when they host the Eagles.
• The Owls (9-12, 4-6 A-Sun) three-game road winning streak and they are fresh of a two-point win at Mercer in which head coach Tony Ingle became the winningest coach in the history of KSU basketball when he won his 166th game.
• Kennesaw State opens up a season-long four game homestand which will see them host the Eagles, Stetson, Mercer and USC Upstate over the next eight days. The Owls will be looking for their fourth straight conference win, which would be the longest winning streak since the 2005-06 season when they won seven games in a row.
• The Owls are led by Markeith Cummings, who was named the A-Sun Player of the Week for the second time this season. Cummings was named Player of Week on Monday after averaging 24.5 points last week. The leading freshman scorer in the nation, Cummings scored 30-points last Friday against the Eagles, making him one of only two freshmen in the country to post two 30-plus scoring games this season.
• LaDaris Green registered his second collegiate double-double with a 12-point, 11-rebound night against Mercer. This season, Green is the leading freshman rebounder and shot blocker 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 thrust 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 Information with Kennesaw State
KSU leads 3-2 – Home: 2-1; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0
• Mercer heads into the Jan. 30 contest with Stetson on a three-game conference losing streak after falling to Stetson, 76-69, on Jan. 22, to FGCU on Jan. 24, 71-70, and on Jan. 27 to Kennesaw State, 71-69.
• The Bears are led by James Florence, the second-leading scorer in the A-Sun with 20.4 ppg. Florence is also second in the conference in assists (5.1/game) and seventh in steals (1.75/game).
• Daniel Emerson leads the conference with 11.8 rebounds per game to go along with 14.7 points per game, good for seventh 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 417-187. 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. Series Information with Mercer
Series Information with Mercer
Mercer leads 4-1 – Home: 1-2; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0