Date: Jan. 23
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Arena: Alico Arena (4,500)
Location: Fort Myers, Fla.
Internet: Livestats are available at FGCUAthletics
Video Streaming: Watch the game LIVE at A-Sun.tv
Records: FGCU (8-12, 4-5 A-Sun), North Florida (3-15, 1-7 A-Sun)
Series: This is the 3rd meeting between the teams (FGCU leads 2-0)
Web Sites: FGCU – www.FGCUAthletics.com ; UNF - www.unfospreys.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men's basketball team will host Atlantic Sun Conference foe North Florida in Alico Arena Friday night at 7 p.m. (originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.). The game can be seen live on ASun.tv and is this week's Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast A-Sun Game of the Week.
The game can be seen regionally on channel 70, and the Eagles want to put on a show and hopes to pack 4,500-seat Alico Arena. Friday night’s game will be "Dollar Night", meaning all tickets are just $1 as are hot-dogs, sodas, popcorn and selected merchandise.
It also is billed as "Black and Blue Out Night." Non-student fans are asked to wear blue shirts. The school also will give away blue shirts to the first 500 non-students. Students who don't already have black "Dirty Bird" shirts will receive one free.
UNF - Last Time Out: @ Campbell (L, 61-57 on Jan. 19)
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Junior Stan Januska filled the bucket for 13 second-half points and tied his season high of 17 for the University of North Florida men’s basketball team Monday night, but rebounding down the stretch lifted Campbell to a 61-57 win over the Ospreys in Atlantic Sun Action at Gore Arena.
“We gave them too many second-chance opportunities and that was basically the game,” UNF head coach Matt Kilcullen said. “Down the stretch it seemed like they grabbed every loose-ball opportunity and capitalized on it. You can’t give a team on its home court second and third-chance opportunities to score and that’s what we did.”
Though outrebounding Campbell (7-10, 4-4 A-Sun) by a margin of 36-34, UNF (3-15, 1-7) allowed the Camels to grab 17 offensive rebounds. None was bigger than Jonathan Rodriquez’s offensive board off a pair of missed free throws by Amir Celestin in the final seconds of the contest. Celestin went to the line with 23 seconds left and the Camels sporting a 58-55 lead. Both tries came up empty and Rodriguez corralled the loose ball off the second attempt to secure the home team’s win.
Only 23 seconds before, Junard Hundley drained what appeared to be the game’s dagger – a long-range jumper that put Campbell ahead by seven (57-50). However, Januska hit two free throws then answered with his lone make from 3-point land with 26 ticks remaining to slice the Camel lead to 58-55 and set up Celestin’s free-throw opportunity.
“Our guys put forth a tremendous effort and if we continue with that effort good things will fall our way,” Kilcullen said. “We need to learn that effort is terrific, but we have to have a purpose on both ends of the floor.”
In the first half, freshman Matt Sauey flushed four of his six attempts from the field, scoring nine points and helping the Ospreys to only their fourth halftime lead of the season. UNF closed the first frame on a 9-2 run over the final three minutes and 21 seconds, using four flushes in the paint – two apiece by Januska and Sauey – and a free throw by Sauey to grab the 26-25 edge at the break.
To open the second half, Rodriguez and Januska traded scores before junior Kyle Groothuis and freshman Zack Riggins each chipped in a basket to help the Ospreys hold on to a one-point lead at the 15 minute mark. After UNF led by five with 13 minutes remaining, the Camels evened the contest with a little more than 12 minutes to play and regained the lead for good with a little more than 11 minutes to play when Jabril Bailey notched a couple of free throws.
Campbell led by as many as six points six times in the final nine minutes, building its biggest lead of the game on Hartley’s deep dagger. Hartley finished with 12 points while Rodriguez led the Camels with 14 points and eight rebounds (six offensive).
Januska led all scorers and Sauey mirrored Rodriguez’s numbers with 14 points and eight boards, which tied his career high in rebounding. Sauey pulled down four on both the offensive and defensive glass. Junior Eni Cuka and Groothuis each added six points for the Ospreys.
The statistical differences showed up in the turnover column and at the free-throw line. UNF committed 16 turnovers, which led to 13 Campbell points and the home team committed only six miscues. The Camels also took 27 tries from the charity stripe, making 18, compared to 12 free ones by UNF, which made nine of those attempts.
The Ospreys finished with a .469 percentage from the field, but connected on only two of their 10 shots from behind the arc. Campbell went 5-for-17 from downtown and fired true on just .339 percent of their field goals.
UNF Statistical Leaders
Points: Tierra Brown, 11.1 ppg Sharnesha Smith, 11.1 ppg
Rebounds: Stan Janusja 4.6 rpg Germaine Sparkes & Kyle Groothuis, 4.0 rpg