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FGCU Set to Host Bucs and Camels This Week
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team hosts a pair of A-Sun rivals, beginning with ETSU on Thursday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a game against Campbell on Saturday, February 6, scheduled for at 5:15 p.m. tip.
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV – Tom James
Live Stats: www.FGCUathletics.com
Series: ETSU leads 3-1
Last Meeting: at ETSU 73, FGCU 53, 01/16/10
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: www.FGCUathletics.com
Series: tied 2-2 Last Meeting: at Campbell 61, FGCU 45, 01/14/10
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.
• 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. FGCU made non-conference road trips to Texas, Miami, Virginia, and 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 one-point games
02/07/2009 Stetson at USC Upstate L 53 54
02/09/2009 Stetson at ETSU W 64 63
• FGCU is 4-1 in games decided by 5 points or less.
- 12/14/2009 at USC Upstate W 86-82
- 12/22/2009 DePaul W 64-61
- 01/02/2010 at Belmont W 66-63
- 01/22/2010 Kennesaw State L 69-68
- 01/24/2010 Mercer W 71-70
FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 38-22 (.633) in games played in the month of February.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 4-13 (.235) record to conclude the season which includes key wins over Lipscomb and Kennesaw State.
FGCU vs. The A-Sun
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 17-30 (.362) record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins during the 2008-09 season.
The Three Amigos
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks (13.1 ppg), junior guard Reed Baker (11.8 ppg), and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.8 ppg) are responsible for 53.2 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks ranks 12th in the A-Sun for points per game, while Baker ranks 17th. Banks also ranks fourth in the A-Sun in field goal percentage and seventh in rebounds.
• Leading the Eagles in scoring are Banks (289-points) and Baker (259-points).
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 20 of the Eagles 22 games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring eight times, including five of the last eight contests. Baker and Chambers have led the way eight and three times respectively.
• In the Eagles last contest, Banks added his fifth double-double of the season at Mercer (02/01/10), collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Against DePaul, he picked up 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. Banks added his fourth double-double of the season against Stetson (01/27/10), collecting 21 points and 10 rebounds.
• Banks has reached double-figures in 18 games this season.
• Baker has added double figures in 11 of his last 16 games, including two 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09). Baker is second on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.339).
• Chambers put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09). Chambers leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.353).
• In the Eagles seven wins, the three have combined for 298 of FGCU’s 508 points (58.7 percent). Chambers (24th) is also in the top 25 in scoring in the A-Sun.
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 37.7 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has more than half of the points for the newcomers, recording 289 of the 542 (53.3 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring among the FGCU newcomers, averaging 3.8 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. At Mercer (02/01/10), Brown pulled down six boards for the Eagles.
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 3.4 points per game. Miller had a season-best 10 points at Longwood (12/5/09). At Kennesaw State (01/30/10), the Nashville, Tenn. native dished out a career-best 10 assists.
• Freshman Eddie Murray(2.9 ppg) is four 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 fourth on the team with eight blocks.
A Helping Hand
• Six Eagles have already collected 20 or more assists on the season.
• Chambers leads the team with 91 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 4.14 assists per game.
• Miller sits second on the team with 44 assists on the season.
• Baker leads the A-Sun, shooting 84.5 percent (60-71) from the charity stripe.
• Last season, he led the Eagles and the A-Sun with a free-throw percentage of 84.4.
• Brown, Miller and 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-foot-8 forward added six points and two boards in 12 minutes played.
• In the last 11 games, the FGCU bench has collected 237 points (21.5 ppg).
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last 11 games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a 338-248 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 15 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 35.5 percent (182-513) from behind the arc, including a 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 30.2 percent (95-315) 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 178 steals. Chambers leads the team with 36, while O’Neil’s 26 thefts are second on the team. Chambers is eighth 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 24 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 78 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
Monday, Feb. 1 – 78-72 loss at Mercer
• The FGCU men’s basketball team fell to the Bears of Mercer at the University Center on Monday night, 78-72.
• With the loss, FGCU fell to 7-15 overall and 4-9 in the A-Sun, while Mercer improved to 11-11 and 7-5 in conference play.
• A pair of buckets from Anthony Banks helped the Eagles to a 6-2 lead in the first 4:03 of the game. But the Bears would quickly turn things around on FGCU, as four E.J. Kusnyer threes sparked a 20-2 run that saw Mercer take a 22-8 lead with 8:10 to play in the half.
• The Bears shot the three ball well in the first half, including a Brandon Moore trey at the buzzer, giving Mercer a 36-23 lead at intermission. As a team, the Bears connected on 7-of-15 (46.7-percent) from long range in the period, while FGCU finished 0-for-8 from behind the arc.
• The Blue and Green held the Bears to just five points over the first 9:06 of the second half, pulling to within two points (40-38) after a pair of Reed Baker free throws with 13:05 to play.
• Derrick O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) converted a three-point play with 5:17 remaining, drawing FGCU to within three points (59-56), but that was as close as the Eagles would get. Kusnyer drove to the hoop for a layup with 2:50 remaining to extend the Mercer lead back to double-digits, 68-58. The Bears would go on to win, 78-72.
• Banks recorded his fifth double-double of the season, leading the Blue and Green with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbing a team-high 10 boards. Baker added 13 points and Reggie Chambers (Miramar, Fla.) chipped in with 12.
Saturday, Jan. 30 – 77-70 loss at Kennesaw State
• The FGCU men’s basketball team dropped a tight contest to Kennesaw State Saturday night, 77-70.
• The Eagles erased an early 12-point deficit to lead 40-36 at halftime, but a late 12-0 run by the Owls was too much to overcome.
• Kennesaw State jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 2:36, keyed by a pair of three-pointers from Kurtis Woods. After Markeith Cummings completed a three-point play, the Owls’ lead had grown to 12 points (19-7) with 14:37 to play in the first half.
• FGCU would battle back, as Baker connected on back-to-back triples capping an 11-0 run that tied the game at 25 with 6:03 left in the first. Kennesaw State briefly regained the lead, but the Eagles finished the half on a 12-6 run to hold a 40-36 lead at the break.
• The lead would change hands 11 times over the next 11 minutes, with FGCU taking a 63-61 lead after Chambers drilled a three-pointer with 6:35 left in the game.
• From that point Kennesaw State held the Eagles scoreless for 5:32, forcing five FGCU turnovers. The Owls scored 12 consecutive points to build a 73-63 lead with 1:18 to play.
• Despite the 10-point deficit the Eagles weren’t quite done yet. Ed Rolax cut the lead to eight with a layup (73-65) and got fouled with 1:03 to play. He would miss the free throw, but Hunter Miller would get the rebound and lay it in, pulling FGCU within six (73-67) with 1:02 remaining.
• After a made free throw by Kurtis Woods, Chambers drilled his third trey of the night and trimmed the deficit to just four (74-70) with 30 seconds left on the clock. Miller then forced a Kennesaw turnover and found Baker wide open, but an unsuccessful three-point attempt would end the comeback bid.
• Baker led the Eagles with 16 points while freshman Anthony Banks added 13 points and nine rebounds. Miller dished out a game-high 10 assists, while adding eight points and a game-high four steals.
About The ETSU Buccaneers
• In their last outing, the Buccaneers fell in a close contest to Belmont. Despite a 16-2 run that pulled the ETSU to within two points in the final two minutes, freshman guard Sheldon Cooley missed a dunk that would have tied the game and the Belmont Bruins used the momentum shift of that moment to pull away for a 74-67 win in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
• The Buccaneers hold an 11-12 overall record with a 7-5 record in A-Sun conference play. ETSU leads the series with FGCU, 3-1, and defeated the Eagles in the Jan. 16 contest in Johnson City.
• Junior forward Tommy Hubbard continues to lead the Buccaneers on the hardwood this season, posting back-to-back-to-back double-doubles in a win over Campbell, an overtime loss to Lipscomb, and a loss to Belmont. Against the Camels, Hubbard had 15 points and 10 rebounds, recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds against the Bisons, followed by a 16 point, 12 rebound outing against Belmont. Hubbard continues to lead the Bucs in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds a contest.
• Murry Bartow became the 15th head coach in the 81-year history of the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball program. He eclipsed 100 wins at ETSU and 200 wins for his career during the 2008-09 season. During the 2008-09 season, Bartow guided the Buccaneers to another 20-win season, as ETSU posted a 23-11 record. The Bucs captured the A-Sun Tournament title and made the program’s eighth trip all-time to the NCAA Tournament and made an impressive showing in the first round as a No. 16 seed, taking No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh to the wire.
About The Campbell Camels
• In their last contest, Campbell fell to Lipscomb, 60-59. Lipscomb’s Josh Slater hit a step back three from the right corner with 0.2 seconds left to lift Bisons over the Camels. Jonathan Rodriguez finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Lorne Merthie added 10 for the Camels.
• The Camels head into the Feb. 4 match with Stetson on a three-game conference losing streak. Campbell fell on the road to ETSU (72-57) and followed that with two home losses to Belmont (75-50) and Lipscomb (60-59).
• Rodriguez became the 101st player in NCAA Division I history, joining Luke Harangody of Notre Dame as the only two active, to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Rodriguez has scored 2001 points and grabbed 1003 boards in his 112-game career for the Camels.
• The Campbell University men’s basketball team is under the direction of seventh year head coach Robbie Laing. Laing's Fighting Camels have won more games over the last four years than in any previous four-year span at the school since 1996-99. The 2008-09 season marked Campbell's best performance in the Atlantic Sun Conference in more than a dozen years.