FGCU Travels to Nashville For Two A-Sun Matchups
Friday, January 01, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team wraps up their three-game road trip as they travel to face cross-town rivals Belmont on Jan. 2 (5:15 p.m.) and Lipscomb on Jan. 4 (8:30 p.m. ET).  FGCU is 0-3 against Belmont and 1-2 against Lipscomb all-time.


FGCU-Belmont Game Information

Streaming Audio:  ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton

Streaming Video:  A-Sun TV

Live Stats:  http://belmontbruins.cstv.com

Series Information: Belmont Leads 3-0

Last Meeting:  FGCU 74, Belmont 93, 01/31/09 at Alico Arena


FGCU-Lipscomb Game Information

Streaming Audio:  ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton

Streaming Video:  A-Sun TV

Live Stats:  http://www.lipscombsports.com

Series Information: Lipscomb Leads 2-1

Last Meeting:  FGCU 76, Lipscomb 73, 02/02/09 at Alico Arena


FGCU Eagles

2009-10 Record:  4-7

                A-Sun:  1-1

Head Coach:  Dave Balza

                Alma Mater:  Michigan ‘91

                Career:  174-135 (11th year)

                At FGCU:  139-87 (8th year)

Website:  http://www.fgcuathletics.com


Belmont Bruins

2009-10 Record:  7-5

                 A-Sun:  2-0

Head Coach:  Rick Byrd

                Alma Mater:  Tennessee ‘76

                Career Record:   568-321 (29th year)

                At Belmont:  476-266 (24th year)

Website:  http://belmontbruins.cstv.com


Lipscomb Bison

2009-10 Record:  4-7

                 A-Sun:  1-1

Head Coach:  Scott Sanderson

                Alma Mater:  South Carolina ‘84

                Career Record:   251-171 (14th year)

                At Lipscomb:  167-146 (11th year)

Website:  http://www.lipscombsports.com


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 21-42 record in their two previous seasons. 

• 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.

• FGCU’s year-by-year Results:


Year                       Record Home     Away      A-Sun

2009-10                 4-7          2-1          2-6          1-1

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                       139-87   97-25     34-57     14-23


FGCU in January

• FGCU has an all-time record of 40-27(.625) in games played in the month of January.

• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has an 8-12 (.400) record to start the New Year which includes key wins over ETSU and Kennesaw State.


FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 14-23 record against conference opponents.  

• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.


The Three Amigos

• Freshman Anthony Banks (11.7 ppg), sophomore Reggie Chambers (11.7 ppg) and junior Reed Baker (12.1 ppg) are responsible for 53 percent of FGCU’s scoring.

• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 10 of the Eagles 11games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring four times with Baker and Chambers leading the way three games each.

• Leading the Eagles attack by a slim margin is Baker, his 133 total points leads the team with Banks and Chambers trailing by four points.

• Baker has added double figures in each of his last five games, including two 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09).

• Chambers has also added double-figures in four of his last five games, he put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09).

• Banks has reached double-figures in six of the Eagles last eight games. Against DePaul, he added his first career double-double by collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the 6-foot-6 forward has recorded double-figures against No. 2 Michigan State, Miami, Bethune-Cookman, Longwood, FIU, USC Upstate and DePaul.

• In the Eagles four wins, the three have combined for 190 of FGCU’s 307 points (62 percent). All three sit in the top 20 in the A-Sun in scoring, Baker sits 14th as Banks and Chambers are tied for 19th.


New Kids on the Block

• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 37.7 percent of FGCU’s scoring.

• Banks has scored nearly half of the points for the newcomers, recording 129 of the 278 (46.4 percent) points scored by the six new guys.    

• Miller is averaging 2.8 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 5.0 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.

• Junior transfer Charlie Lytle and freshman Brett Williams have combined for 30 total points. Lytle is third on the team with six blocks.


A Helping Hand

• Five Eagles have already collected double-figures in the assists category.

• Chambers leads the team with 46 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).

• True freshman Hunter Miller is second on the team with 20 assists, he recorded a season-best six assists at SMU (11/21/09).

• Derrick O’Neil has recorded at least two assists in five of the Eagles 11 games, and is currently third on the team with 18.

 • Baker and Banks also get into the mix with 17 and 10 assists respectively.


Charitable Work

• Four Eagles have recorded 20 or more free throws made on the season.

• Baker cashed in a season-high eight free throws against USC Upstate (12/14/09).

• Banks, Chambers and O’Neil are the other three Eagles with 20 plus free throws made. Banks is shooting 62.8 percent (27-43) from the charity stripe, Chambers has hit 26-of-41 (63.4 percent) of his free throws and O’Neil is 20-42 (47.6).


Reserve Strength

• Redshirt freshman Eddie Murray and true freshman Sherwood Brown lead FGCU off the bench.

• Brown led the Eagles off the bench in their last meeting, scoring eight points with seven rebounds in 21 minutes at Stetson (12/29/09).

• 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 four games, the FGCU bench has collected 65 points. 


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.


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 is tied for the team lead with nine blocks.   

• Banks shares the team lead with nine blocks as the Eagles have thrown 34 of their opponents shot attempts on the season.


Traveling Blues

• The Eagles snapped a 24-game winless road streak this season with a win at USC Upstate (12/14/09). That win aided in FGCU’s longest winning streak (four games) since becoming a member of Division I in 2007-08.  

• Since the 2007-08 season, FGCU has a 7-33 record away from the friendly confines of Alico Arena.


Three Is the Key

• Six of the Eagles seven losses occurred when the opponent collected more three’s than FGCU.   

• Opponents are shooting 34.3 percent (92-268) from behind the arc, including 13 three-point performances by Miami and USC Upstate.

 • FGCU is shooting 30.4 percent (49-161) from behind the arc.

• The Eagles are 1-1 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 lead 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 97 steals. Chambers leads the team with 20 as Banks and O’Neil are second and third on the team with 14 and 13 steals respectively.

• In the Eagles last five games, FGCU has forced 87 turnovers, including 21 steals at North Carolina Central (12/16/09). FGCU was one steal shy of a record they set in the 2003-04 season against Florida Tech on Dec. 4, 2003.


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.


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.


Last Time Out

• FGCU dropped its first game in their last five contests to Stetson (12/29/09) at the Edmunds Center in DeLand, Fla. The Eagles shot just 50-percent from the free throw line as they fell to the Hatters, 72-64.

• O’Neil led the Eagles with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting, followed by Baker’s 11 points and Marks’ nine points.

• The Eagles started off well, maintaining a lead throughout the first 12 minutes of the game. Chambers hit a three with 11:58 remaining to give FGCU their largest lead of the game (14-8). A jumper gave the Hatters a 24-23 advantage with 5:04 left in the first half, a lead they would not relinquish.

• Stetson’s lead would grow to as many as 13 points after Smith knocked down a trey with 13:09 remaining in the game (47-34).

• Baker’s three-pointer with 1:55 remaining put the Eagles within four (64-60), but FGCU could not complete the comeback. In the final two minutes the Eagles would only connect on three of their last eight field goal attempts.

• FGCU hit just nine of their 18 free throw attempts in the second half.


Up Next For FGCU

• The Eagles land back at home on Jan. 8 against North Florida in the A-Sun Game of the Week on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS: Comcast channel 70).


About Belmont

• In their last contest, an 18-0 run late in the first half and into the second half broke open a close game as Belmont fell at No. 1 Kansas, 81-51, on December 29th. The final margin was somewhat misleading, as a three pointer made the score 74-51 with 59 seconds left, the Jayhawks scored seven points in the final 46 seconds. Belmont shot a season-low 31 percent (20-for-65) from the field - the 86th straight KU opponent held under 50 percent shooting. Freshman guard Ian Clark and sophomore guard Drew Hanlen led Belmont, each scoring 11 points.
• Belmont heads into the contest with the Eagles on a three game losing streak with a record of 7-5 overall and 2-0 in A-Sun conference play. The Bruins posted a 4-2 record in the month of November, defeating Portland State (74-67), Alabama State (78-42), Eastern Illinois (95-62), and Tennessee State (69-60) and falling to Washington (96-78) and Wright State (82-73). Belmont started off strong in December with consecutive victories over Kennesaw State (75-70 OT)*, Mercer (94-90 OT)*, and Middle Tennessee State (83-71) but have dropped three straight to Saint Louis (75-67), Eastern Illinois (63-60), and No.1 Kansas (81-51). *denotes A-Sun conference game.

• The Bruins are led by a trio of players averaging double figures having started every game on the season. Sophomore forward Mick Hedgepeth leads all scorers averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and shooting 50 percent from the field to go along with 11 blocks. Freshman guard Ian Clark is in close second, averaging 12.4 points in addition to 25 assists and 11 steals. The only other player in double digits is senior forward Keaton Belcher, averaging 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

• Head Coach Rick Byrd has been a model of consistency in leading Belmont's transition from an NAIA institution to a NCAA Division-I program. With 561 career victories, Byrd ranks 11th among all active NCAA Division-I head coaches in wins. Moreover, only six head coaches in the nation have been at their respective institutions longer than Byrd's 23 years of service at Belmont. Under Byrd's guidance, the Bruins have won 88 games and nearly 80 percent of their conference games over the past four years.


The FGCU-Belmont Series

• FGCU is 0-3 in the all-time series against Belmont.

• In their last meeting on Jan. 31, 2009, Chambers scored a game-high 19 points as Belmont defeated FGCU by a score of 92-74.

• Belmont hit 11-of-18 3-pointers in the first half and didn’t look back as they headed into halftime with an 18 point cushion. The Eagles shot the ball well going 7-of-15 from behind the arc but were never able to come within striking distance of the Bruins.

FGCU 0-3 – Home: 0-1; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0

01-31-09   vs Belmont (Alico Arena) L 92-74

01-05-09   at Belmont (Curb Event Center) L 79-67

02-02-08   at Belmont (Curb Event Center) L 86-74


About Lipscomb

• In their last outing, Lipscomb fell to the Arizona Wildcats in overtime, 83-82. After about five minutes of reviewing on a courtside monitor whether Arizona’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was released before time expired, the Pac-10 officiating crew determined the shot was good giving Arizona the overtime win against the Bisons in Tucson, Arizona. Junior center Adnan Hodzic scored 34 points and recorded 13 rebounds in the loss, which garnered him a share of Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week Award.

• Heading into the match with Stetson, Lipscomb holds a 4-7 overall record with a 1-1 A-Sun conference record. The Bisons were 1-4 in the month of November with losses to Elon (91-86), Vanderbilt (95-73), Tennessee Tech (92-89), and Ohio State (84-64) followed by a lone victory over SIU Edwardsville (67-64). Lipscomb improved in the month of December with a 3-3 record, with victories over Mercer (98-89)*.

• SIU Edwardsville (94-74), and Oakland City (105-68). The three December losses came at the hands of Kennesaw State (97-91)*, Cincinnati (80-52), and Arizona (83-82 OT).

• The Bisons have four players who average double digits through the first 11 contests. Leading the way for Lipscomb is junior center Adnan Hodzic who is shooting 59.3 percent and averaging 22.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Also in double figure points per game for the Bisons is junior guard Josh Slater (14.8), junior forward Brandon Brown (12.5), and sophomore guard Jordan Burgason (10.0).

• Scott Sanderson has been the only coach for the Lipscomb University Bisons basketball team since the transition to NCAA Division I play. Sanderson was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year in 2006 after winning a regular season Atlantic Sun Championship and taking the Bisons to their first ever post-season berth in the NIT. Under his direction, the Bisons head into this season as the preseason co-favorite to win the A-Sun regular season championship and are also the preseason selection by the conference coaches and media to win the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship. Sanderson began his head coaching career at the University of Mobile where he posted an 84-25 record over three seasons, setting a school record, 34 wins, in 1998-99.


The FGCU-Lipscomb Series

• FGCU is 1-2 in the all-time series against Lipscomb.

• In their last meeting on Feb. 2, 2009, Baker's 23 points led the Eagles to their first win against Lipscomb.  The Eagles had lost each of the first two games played between the two schools. 

• A total of four Eagles recorded double-figures in the game as O’Neil added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.


FGCU 1-2 – Home: 1-1; Away: 0-1; Neutral: 0-0

02-02-09   vs Lipscomb (Alico Arena) W 76-73

01-03-08   at Lipscomb (Allen Center) L 82-76

01-31-08   vs Lipscomb (Alico Arena) L 70-56