FGCU Hosts Bethune-Cookman in Home Opener
Monday, November 30, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team will play host to instate-rival Bethune-Cookman in a 7:05 p.m. tilt at Alico Arena on Tuesday. Tuesday’s game has been labeled a Blue and Green game, all fans are encouraged to wear blue and green to enhance the appearance of the arena.


Game Information

Radio:  ESPN 770 AM -- Dave Moulton

Streaming Video:  A-Sun.TV

Live Stats:  www.FGCUathletics.com

Series:  FGCU leads 1-0

Last Meeting:  FGCU 60, Bethune-Cookman 57, 11/12/07 at Moore Gymnasium

Tickets:  $3-20 based on location and available at the Alico Arena Box Office, and online at www.fgcuathletics.com/tickets.


FGCU Eagles

2009-10 Record:  0-4

  A-Sun:  0-0

Head Coach:  Dave Balza

  Alma Mater:  Michigan ‘91

  Career:  170-132 (10th year)

  at FGCU:  135-84 (8th year)

Website:  http://www.fgcuathletics.com


Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

2009-10 Record:  3-3

  MEAC:  0-0

Head Coach:  Cliff Reed (12th year)

  Alma Mater:  Bethune-Cookman ‘91

Website:  http://b-cuathletics.com/


Hot Topics

• FGCU is 6-1 in home openers dating back to their first game at Alico Arena on Dec. 2, 2002.

• Reggie Chambers leads the Eagles, averaging 11.3 points per game.

• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 42 percent of FGCU’s scoring.

• The Eagles topped Bethune-Cookman in their first Division I game back on Nov. 12, 2007, 60-57 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

• Tuesday’s game has been deemed a Blue and Green game and all fans are encouraged to their wear blue and green.  

• FGCU has an all-time record of 35-17 in games played in the month of December.

• The Eagles will travel to Farmville, Va. to face Longwood University on Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m.


Alico Arena - Home of the Eagles

• Alico Arena has served as the FGCU men’s basketball home arena since December of 2002. FGCU owns a 6-1 (.857) record in home openers at Alico Arena. The Eagles played their first two home games at Germain Arena (formally known as Teco Arena) in their inaugural season.

• FGCU has a 95-24 (.798) all-time record as the home team. The Eagles recorded a season-best 20 home wins in the 2006-07 season, and went on to finish with a 27-6 overall record.  

• Drexel is responsible for the Eagles only loss in FGCU’s seven home openers.


12-2-02        Saint Leo                                       W, 71-56

11-19-03      Puerto Rico-Mayaguez                W, 99-55

11-19-04      Puert Rico-Cayey                          W, 74-41

11-22-05      Puerto Rico-Cayey                       W, 83-73

11-20-06      Puerto Rico-Cayey                       W, 79-63

11-14-07      Drexel                                              L, 77-58

11-20-08      North Carolina Central                W, 66-58


FGCU in December

• FGCU has an all-time record of 35-17 in games played in the month of December.

• After two seasons in Division I, FGCU has a 6-8 record in December which includes key wins over FIU, Penn, FAU and Army.


Scoring Big

• A player standing no taller than 5-foot-9 leads the Eagles in scoring. Sophomore guard Reggie Chambers leads the Eagles attack, averaging 11.3 points per game. Chambers has posted double-figures in two of the Eagles four games, including a 20 point performance against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 19, 2009.


Three Is The Key

• The Eagles have struggled from behind the arc this season, shooting just 24.6 percent (16-65) from downtown.

• Three of the Eagles four losses occurred when the opponent collected more three’s FGCU.   

• Opponents are shooting 31.1 percent (33-106) from behind the arc, including Miami’s 13 three-pointers against the Eagles last week.


New Eagles Finding Their Way

• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 42 percent of FGCU’s scoring.

• Leading the way is freshman Anthony Banks, Banks recorded double-figures against No. 2 Michigan State and Miami, and his 9.0 points per game puts him second on the team.  

• Freshman Hunter Miller leads the team in assists with 13. Miller is averaging 3.25 assists per game, and recorded a season-best six assists against SMU on Nov. 21, 2009.

 • Sherwood Brown and Charlie Lytle have combined for 38 total points. Brown scored a season-high eight points against Miami on Nov. 25, 2009. Lytle is averaging 4.5 points per game and has played in 99 minutes, more than any other newcomer. Lytle’s three blocks leads the team and his 11 defensive boards lands him third on the team.


It Takes a Thief

• FGCU’s 238 steals last season came in big part by senior forward Derrick 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 26 steals. Chambers and Chad Lutkenhaus lead the team with four apiece.

• This time last season, the Eagles had 24 steals.


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 thru three different states to start the 2009-10 season. The Eagles made non-conference road trips to Texas and Miami, and will travel to Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina in December.


About The Wildcats

• The B-CU Wildcats knocked off Texas Pan-American 67-64 to win their bracket championship at the 2009 South Padre Island Tournament. 

• C. J. Reed hit an 18 foot jumper with 4.7 seconds remaining, breaking a 64-64 deadlock. Tyrel Adams' steal on the next UTPA possession sealed the game, allowing the Wildcats to go a perfect  2-0 on the weekend.

• The Wildcats are off to a 3-3 record with wins over Edward Waters (74-55), Longwood (66-62), and Texas Pan-American (67-64). B-CU’s losses came by the hands of Virginia Commonwealth (77-51), Old Dominion (69-38) and Mississippi State (67-51).

• B-CU finished the 2008-09 season with a 17-16 overall record (9-7 MEAC, 1-1 MEAC Tournament).

• The Wildcats are led by sophomore point guard C.J. Reed, who led the team in scoring as a freshman and earned MEAC Rookie of the Year. Reed is averaging 19.7 ppg, and has recorded 25 assists through the first six games.

• Junior big man, Starling Alexander, is averaging 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for B-CU.

• Clifford Reed, Jr., is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Bethune-Cookman University men's basketball program. Reed has spent twelve years with the B-CU program, including four years as an assistant coach under former Bethune-Cookman head coach Horace Broadnax. The 2008-2009 season was a record-breaker for Reed's B-CU program, winning the most games-ever in the Division I ranks and the first winning season in Division I for the Wildcats. B-CU finished tied for the third in the MEAC.


The FGCU, B-CU Series

• FGCU owns a 1-0 record in the all-time series against Bethune-Cookman.

• FGCU held on for an exciting 60-57 win in their Division I opener back on Nov. 12, 2007. The Eagles built a 17 point lead and escaped Daytona, Fla. with a three point win.

• FGCU dominated the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Wildcats 25-13 including a 14-6 advantage on the offensive end. The Eagles shot 43.3% from the floor while limiting BCU to 35.0% from the field and 1-for-8 from behind the arc.

• FGCU was able to maintain a 10 point lead until just under the eight minute mark. Up 48-38, FGCU allowed the Wildcats to go on 14-3 run to take a brief 52-51 lead with 2:41 to play. FGCU hit a short jumper in the paint to give the Eagles a one point lead, and then sank a pair of free-throws to give them a three point advantage. FGCU went 5-of-6 from the line to ice the game and give the Eagles the win.


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

11-12-07  at Bethune-Cookman (Moore Gymnasium)  W  60-57.