FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a visit to Jacksonville on Thursday, February 11, at 7:15 p.m. followed by a matchup with North Florida on Saturday, February 13, in a game scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip.
The Eagles land back at home in Alico Arena on Thursday, February 18, for another Eagle hoops doubleheader. The women will take on Lipscomb at 5:15 p.m., with the men’s game set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s.
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Series: JU leads 5-0
Last Meeting: JU 82, FGCU 58 (Alico Arena) 01/10/10
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Live Stats: www.FGCUathletics.com
Series: UNF leads 6-2
Last Meeting: UNF 62, FGCU 58 (Alico Arena) 01/08/10
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.
• This is FGCU’s third season as a Division I program, posting a combined 28-58 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 7-17 4-6 3-11 4-11
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 142-97 99-30 35-62 17-33
• 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 -point games 02/07/2009 Stetson at USC Upstate L 53-54 02/09/2009 Steson 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 38-24 (.613) in games played in the month of February.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 4-15 (.211) 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 17-32 (.347) record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks (13.0 ppg), junior guard Reed Baker (11.0 ppg), and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.6 ppg) are responsible for 53 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 21 of the Eagles 24 games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring NINE times, including six of the last 10 contests. Baker and Chambers have led the way eight and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack are Banks and Baker with 312 and 265 points, respectively. With 13.0 ppg, Banks is 12th and Baker ranks 21th in the A-Sun. Banks added his fifth double-double of the season at Mercer (02/01/10), collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Banks also ranks fourth in the A-Sun in field goal percentage and seventh in rebounds.
• Banks has reached double-figures in 18 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. 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.
• Baker has added double figures in 11 of his last 18 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 is second on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.323).
• In the Eagles seven wins, the three have combined for 298 of FGCU’s 508 points (58.7 percent). Chambers (25th) is also in the top 25 in scoring in the A-Sun.
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 39.3 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has more than half of the points for the newcomers, recording 312 of the 603 (51.7 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring (80 points) among the FGCU newcomers, averaging 3.6 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 3.3 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 (3.0 ppg) has added 71 points 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 61 total points. In the Eagles last contest, Williams led all scorers with a career-best 19 points against Campbell (Feb. 6, 2010). Going in to the game against Campbell, Williams had 17 total points on the season. 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 101 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.
• Miller sits second on the team with 52 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 12 games, the FGCU bench has collected 284 points (23.7 ppg).
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last 12 games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a 376-322 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
• 12 of the Eagles 17 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 35.6 percent (191-536) from behind the arc, including a 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 30.2 percent (104-344) from behind the arc. • The Eagles are 2-3 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 196 steals. Chambers leads the team with 39, while O’Neil’s 27 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 25 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 86 shot attempts. Marks is currently eighth 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 Saturday, Feb. 6 – 64-52 loss to Campbell
• Despite a career night for freshman Brett Williams, the FGCU men’s basketball team came up short on Saturday night, falling to the Camels of Campbell University 64-52 at Alico Arena. The Eagles held a one-point lead at halftime, but an 11-0 run in the latter stages of the game helped Campbell pull away for the win.
• With the loss, the Eagles drop to 7-17 overall and 4-11 in the A-Sun, while Campbell improves to 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the conference.
• Campbell used a 10-0 run to take a 12-4 lead with 12:34 left in the first half. During that stretch, the Eagles shot 0-of-5 from the field.
• Both teams traded baskets late in the first half with FGCU going on a short 5-0 run and taking a 21-18 lead with 2:46 remaining. The Blue and Green would hold a one-point advantage (25-24) going into the halftime break.
• Lorne Merthie connected with a trey 26 seconds into the second half to give Campbell a 27-25 advantage. The lead would change hands four times over the next five minutes, with the Camels ahead 36-35 at the 14:20 mark.
• Banks knocked down a free throw with 10:44 to play, pulling FGCU within two points (44-42). The Camels rattled off 11 straight points, putting Campbell ahead 55-42 with 5:29 remaining. The Camels would go on to win 64-52.
• Williams scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Williams scored the last 10 points of the game for FGCU and was the only Eagle to make a three-pointer.
• Banks added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a team-high six rebounds. Chambers dished out a team-high six assists in addition to scoring seven points.
About The Jacksonville Dolphins
• In their last outing, the JU men’s basketball team just couldn’t find the right shooting rhythm as they fell to Lipscomb, 79-61, in Atlantic Sun action on Sunday afternoon in Nashville.
• The Dolphins hold an 13-11 overall record with a 10-5 record in A-Sun conference play. JU leads the series with FGCU, 5-0, and defeated the Eagles in the Jan. 10 contest in Fort Myers.
• Ben Smith continues to lead the Dolphins on the hardwood this season, posting back-to-back-to-back double-figures in the points category in a win over USC Upstate, and a loss to Lipscomb. Against the Spartans, Smith had 23 points followed by a 12 point performance against Lipscomb. The senior guard in second in the A-Sun in scoring with 19.6 points per game.
• Jacksonville sits atop the A-Sun in free throw percentage, connecting on 357-of-492 (72.6 percent) from the charity stripe. They also lead the conference in rebounding margin and offensive rebounds. The Dolphins sit second in the conference in steals, third in 3-point defense and fourth in scoring offense.
About The North Florida Ospreys
• In their last contest, North Florida men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome nine 3-pointers made by Belmont’s Ian Clark and fell 70-56 to the Bruins on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Curb Event Center.
• North Florida was without the services of starting senior guard and second leading scorer Stan Januska. Januska is being evaluated daily after suffering a bruised lung and ribs from a hard fall during the Jacksonville game on Jan. 29.
• The Ospreys hold an 11-13 overall record with a 6-8 record in A-Sun conference play. FGCU leads the series with UNF, 6-2, but the Ospreys defeated the Eagles in the Jan. 8 contest in Fort Myers.
• Jerron Granberry currently leads the Ospreys in the scoring this season, averaging 9.3 points per game.
• Brad Haugabrook leads the team with 96 assists, which ranks him fifth in the conference right behind FGCU’s Chambers.
• UNF ranks second in the conference in scoring defense and 3-point field goal percentage.