GAME PREVIEW: FGCU Heads to Maryland to Face Second Straight ACC Foe
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Florida Gulf Coast ((2-4))
Maryland ((3-2))
11/25/2011 | College Park, Md. (Comcast Center) | Attendance: 12080
Florida Gulf Coast274067
Stats at a GlanceFGCUMD
FG Percentage.413 (26-63) .442 (23-52)
3P FG Percentage.105 (2-19) .308 (4-13)
FT Percentage.565 (13-23) .590 (23-39)
Offensive Rebounds1712
Defensive Rebounds2525
Total Rebounds4237
Bench Points2917
Statistical LeadersFGCUMD
PointsCOMER - 16
Terrell Stoglin - 24
ReboundsFIELER - 8
Sean Mosley - 7
AssistsTHOMPSON - 3
Nick Faust - 4
StealsTHOMPSON - 3
Nick Faust - 3
BlocksMURRAY - 2
Nick Faust - 2
Berend Weijs - 2

FGCU (2-3) at Maryland (2-2)
DATE: Friday, Nov. 25, 2011
CITY: College Park, Md.
SITE: Comcast Center (17,950)
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m. ET
TALENT: Byron Kerr (P-B-P)
Glenn Consor (Analyst)
SERIES: First Meeting
LAST GAME: Miami 60, FGCU 50
VS. THE ACC: 0-3

Just three days removed from taking on Miami, FGCU will square off against its second straight ACC opponent on Friday night vs. Maryland at the Comcast Center. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 with Byron Kerr (P-B-P) and Glenn Consor on the call. The Eagles are coming off a strong final 20 minutes against the Hurricanes in which it out-scored Miami 26-18, equaling the best second half defensive effort in the program's Division I history. Maryland is 78-7 all-time in non-conference games at the Comcast Center, including a current streak of 12 straight victories. FGCU's two-game trip to Maryland will close with a Sunday matinee at Loyola-Maryland, concluding a four-game road swing and a hectic seven-game November.

FGCU is in the opening month of its 10th season in program history and first under head coach Andy Enfield. The Eagles are in their fifth year of Division I and first as being postseason eligible for the Atlantic Sun Tournament and NCAA Tournament. On the flipside, the storied Maryland program which began in 1904-05 is entering its 59th season in the ACC (1953-54). Also led by a new head coach in Mark Turgeon, the Terrapins have been to 24 NCAA Tournaments, including 17 of the last 18, made 16 Sweet Sixteen appearances, two Final Fours and were the 2002 National Champions.

After averaging 10.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals over two games, freshman point guard BRETT COMER was named the Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday. Comer's week was highlighted by his first career double of 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals during a win over Prairie View A&M.

Coming off a three-game trip to the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Maryland is 2-2 under first-year head coach Mark Turgeon, who came to College Park after four straight 24+ win seasons at Texas A&M. The Terrapins opened the season with a home victory against UNC Wilmington, while their other win came in Puerto Rico as they overcame an 11-point second half deficit to defeat Colorado. Leading the second half surge past Colorado was sophomore Terrell Stoglin who scored 25 of his career-high 38 points in the final frame. An ACC All-Freshmen team choice a year ago, Stoglin leads Maryland and ranks fourth in the conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game. Senior guard Sean Mosley, a Baltimore native and former St. Frances teammate of FGCU freshman Dante Holmes, is second on the team in scoring (12.3) and has nearly half of the team's three-pointers. Mosley is 9-of-18 from long range this season and is averaging 18.5 points over his last two games. Like FGCU, Maryland's lineup sports several underclassmen as two sophomores and two freshmen make up the starting five. Redshirt freshman Ashton Pankey is off to a good start to his first official season as a Terp, hauling in a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game, a figure that ranks seventh in the ACC.

FGCU's only three meetings against an ACC team have all been against Miami. Two of the three have come on the road, as this year’s contest in Coral Gables was the start of another home-and-home between the two schools.

FGCU has a trio of coaches and players with ties back to the Baltimore area. Head coach ANDY ENFIELD played four years at Johns Hopkins University and graduate work at Maryland. Enfield finished his career as the NCAA career free throw percentage leader at 92.5 percent (431-466). He still holds nine career records at Johns Hopkins, including 2,025 points en route to being inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Assistant coach KEVIN NORRIS is from Baltimore and had a legendary high school career at Lake Clifton before going to the University Miami where he was a four-year starter at point guard. Freshman Dante Holmes is also a Baltimore native and graduated from St. Frances Academy in 2010. As a freshman and sophomore, Holmes played with Maryland senior Sean Mosley. Holmes led St. Frances to a pair of Baltimore Catholic League titles his last two seasons, scoring over 1,200 points over that span.

On March 31st, the FGCU men’s basketball program got a new look for its 10th season in program history when ANDY ENFIELD was named head coach. Enfield, who spent the previous five years as an assistant with Florida State, is the second head coach in FGCU’s brief history. While at FSU, Enfield was a part of two teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and back-to-back clubs that lead the NCAA in defensive field goal percentage.

Coming off his first career double-double at Miami, junior SHERWOOD BROWN has carried over a strong finish to his sophomore campaign into this season. After team-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds against the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Brown now leads the squad in both scoring (11.8) and rebounding (6.4) - figures that rank 13th and sixth in the A-Sun, respectively. Sparked by a career-high 26 points in last year's season finale at USC Upstate, Brown finished last February (10 games) with a 11.2 scoring average - more than four points above his season mark. Brown reached double figures in each of the final four games, averaging 18.3 points while leading the team in scoring three times.

Three different FGCU players are averaging double figure points on the young season with another just under the double-digit mark. SHERWOOD BROWN'S 11.8 per game clip is just ahead of freshman BRETT COMER at 11.2. Six different players have scored double-digit points in a game, while four different players have led the team in scoring, including three off the bench. Looking further, six players are playing 20 or more minutes per game, while nine players are above 15 per contest.

FGCU's freshmen class has wasted little time making an impact, accounting for 45 percent of the scoring, 35 percent of the rebounds and 69 percent of the assists. Point guard BRETT COMER and combo-guard BERNARD THOMPSON rank second and third on the team in scoring at 11.2 and 10.8 points, respectively. Comer is also the team's top assist man with 5.0 helpers per contest, a mark that ranks third in the A-Sun. Thompson's 10.8 points are joined by 6.0 rebounds per game. Thompson has scored in double figures a team-high four times, while Comer has led the team in assists in all but one game. The duo was joined in double figures by classmate FILIP CVJETICANIN in the win over Prairie View A&M. DANTE HOLMES is the final member of the freshman quartet that is having a big impact, averaging 5.0 points in 16 minutes per game.

Through five games, FGCU owns a 135-99 advantage in bench points, good for a +7.2 margin per game. The bench has supplied a double figure scorer four games, including the team's leading scorer on three occasions. At SMU, sophomore CHRISTOPHE VARIDEL poured in 20 points on 6-of-7 from three-point land, while junior SHERWOOD BROWN'S 19 points against Ave Maria give the bench the top two scoring efforts by an Eagle this season. On the flipside, Maryland has gotten just 63 points from its bench through four games.

Led by the play of freshman point guard BRETT COMER, FGCU has overcome a sluggish first half in four of its games by averaging 36.4 points over the final 20 minutes while limiting its opponents to 29.8. Comer has been the catalyst to the second half turnaround, averaging 8.4 points over the span while passing out 15 assists that have led to 38 more points. As a team, FGCU is shooting a scalding 52 percent (66-127) in the second half, including 20-of-44 from three-point land. At Miami, FGCU tied a program D-1 record for second half points given up by limiting the Hurricanes to 18 points on 4-of-24 from the field.

FGCU ranks third in the A-Sun in nearly every shooting statistic; field goal percentage (.464), three-point percentage (.393) and threes per game (7.0). The Eagles broke the 50-percent plateau from the field in each of their first two games and is shooting 52 percent in the second half. Junior SHERWOOD BROWN is seventh in the A-Sun in field goal percentage (.533), while sophomores CHASE FIELER and CHRISTOPHE VARIDEL are among the leaders in three-point percentage. Brown and Varidel account for 19 of FGCU's 35 three-point makes on the year. Varidel, who ranked fifth among all freshmen with 78 threes last season, is 11-of-24 on the year.

Ranking among the top 10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference in five statistical categories, freshman BRETT COMER is off to a fast start early in the year. Highlighted by a 10-assist effort against Prairie View, Comer is third in the A-Sun in assists per game (5.0). He has reached double figures in three games, resulting in a team-high 12.7 points per game, good for ninth in the A-Sun.

Despite lacking a ton of size, FGCU has out-rebounded all five opponents this season, owning a +5.6 margin on the boards to rank second in the A-Sun. The Eagles are also averaging double-digit offensive caroms (10.6) that have helped them score 20+ points in the paint each contest. FGCU's top two rebounders come from the backcourt. SHERWOOD BROWN'S 11 rebounds at Miami are a team season-high, as he leads the squad at a 6.4 per game clip. Freshman BERNARD THOMPSON'S 6.0 caroms per game feature a team-best 24 defensive rebounds. Senior KEVIN CANTINOL has used his 6-foot-10 frame to gather a team-best 11 offensive rebounds, just ahead of Brown's nine.