Chambers Claims Player of the Week Honor
MACON, Ga. - FGCU’s Reggie Chambers turned in the best week of his early career helping the Eagles to their first three-game win streak as a Division I program. For his efforts, he became the first freshman this season to capture the Player of the Week award, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Chambers, who hails from Miramar, Fla., helped the Eagles improve to 4-3 in A-Sun play, culminating with a huge upset win against the previously undefeated ETSU Buccaneers. In FGCU's 85-76 win against Stetson on Thursday night, Chambers filled the stat page, collecting 13 points, six boards, four assists, and a pair of steals. In leading the Eagles to their largest margin of victory in a conference game, an 80-56 win against USC Upstate, Chambers finished with 16 points, four assists and three steals.
The 5-9 guard had his biggest game of the week in Monday night’s 64-61 upset of ETSU. Chambers scored 14 points, grabbed three boards, dished out three assists, and picked up the game-winning three-point play with 37 seconds left in the game. Chambers also helped FGCU hold ETSU standout Courtney Pigram to 3-of-14 shooting from the field.
The freshman has improved his production as the calendar advanced to 2009. In five games, he has averaged 14.4 points per game, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals while hitting on 44.4 percent of his shots. His season average has improved to 7.6 points per game, fourth among A-Sun freshman. He shares the lead among that group with 43 assists.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Calvin Henry, Mercer (Sr. - F - Orlando, Fla. - Communications) -- Average18 points, nine rebounds, 3.5 blocked shots, two assists and two steals in two games in Jacksonville. He shot 47.6 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the free throw line, hitting 11-of-12 at UNF. Henry tied teammate James Florence for game-high scoring honors with 22 points and collected 11 rebounds at UNF for his 11th career-double-double. His six points inside the final four minutes of the opening half helped the Bears build a seven-point lead and his seven free throws down the stretch helped keep the Ospreys at bay in the final two minutes of the game.
Jonathan Whipple, Kennesaw State (Jr. - F - Gordon, Ga. - Communications) -- Stepped up on the offensive end when they Owls needed him this week. The junior averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds after putting up back-to-back double-dgit scoring games including a career high 12 points at North Florida and a 10-point effort at Jacksonville. Whipple shot 59.7% from the field on 11-for-19 shooting in two games.
Andy Wicke, Belmont (Sr. - G - Hendersonville, Tenn. - Environmental Studies) -- The senior captain averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading the Bruins past Campbell, 87-54, and rival Lipscomb, 79-74, this week. Helped Belmont cap a four-game win streak after the holidays. Wicke scored a season-high 26 points in Monday night's victory over Lipscomb. He added five assists and three steals - the latter two of which came on consecutive possessions late in the game to stretch a two point Bruin lead to six. Wicke also became the eighth Bruin in the NCAA era to eclipse 1,000 points, as he scored 13 points in Belmont's victory over Campbell. For the two games, Wicke led the Bruins in scoring on 55 percent shooting and 47 percent shooting from three-point territory. Wicke is among the league leaders in steals per game, three-point field goals per game and three-point field goal percentage. In fact, Wicke ranks in the Top 15 in eight Atlantic Sun statistical categories; Is also one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior Class Award for men's basketball - the nation's premier scholar-athlete award.
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