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FGCU Returns to Conference Play at Stetson
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team will look for its fifth straight victory as they travel to DeLand, Fla. to face Stetson on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 8:00 p.m. FGCU is 1-3 all-time against Stetson, the two teams split the two-game series last season with each team winning on their home court.
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Series Information: Stetson Leads 3-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 85, Stetson 76, 01/08/09 at Alico Arena
2009-10 Record: 4-6
Head Coach: Dave Balza
Alma Mater: Michigan ‘91
Career: 174-134 (11th year)
At FGCU: 139-86 (8th year)
2009-10 Record: 2-7
Head Coach: Derek Waugh (10th year)
Alma Mater: Furman ‘93
Career Record: 107-154 (10th year)
At Stetson: 107-154 (10th year)
• FGCU looks to extend their win streak to five games on Tuesday night.
• The Eagles are 39-18 in the month of December.
• Three Eagles are responsible for half of FGCU’s scoring on the season.
• Five players have recorded 10 or more assist on the year.
• Chambers racking up the hardware with A-Sun Player of the Week honors.
• FGCU travels to Nashville, Tenn. to start the New Year against Belmont and Lipscomb.
Looking For Number Five
• Coming fresh off a win against DePaul, FGCU looks to extended their longest winning streak since becoming a member of Division I to five games on Tuesday night at Stetson.
• In Division II, the Eagles had two 14-game win streaks in the 2003-04 and 2006-07 seasons.
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 21-41 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 4-6 2-1 2-5 1-0
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 139-86 97-25 34-56 14-22
FGCU in December
• FGCU has an all-time record of 39-18 in games played in the month of December.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 10-10 record in the month of December which includes key wins over DePaul, FIU, Penn, FAU and Army.
FGCU vs. A-Sun Foes
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 14-22 record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Freshman Anthony Banks (12.3 ppg), sophomore Reggie Chambers (12.5 ppg) and junior Reed Baker (12.2 ppg) are responsible for 55 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in each of the Eagles 10 games 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 Chambers, he has 125 total points on the season with Banks trailing by two points and Baker behind by three.
• Baker has added double figures in each of his last four games, including two 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09).
• Chambers has also added double-figures in each of his last four games, he put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in the Eagles last meeting against DePaul (12/22/09).
• Banks has reached double-figures in six of the Eagles last seven 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 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.
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 38 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has scored nearly half of the points for the newcomers, scoring 123 of the 256 (48 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 2.9 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 4.7 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 42 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• True freshman Hunter Miller is second on the team with 19 assists, he recorded a season-best six assists at SMU (11/21/09).
• Senior forward Derrick O’Neil has recorded at least two assists in five of the Eagles 10 games, and is currently third on the team with 17.
• Baker and Banks also get into the mix with 14 and 10 assists respectively.
• Three 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 and Chambers are the other two Eagles with 20 plus free throws. Banks is shooting 62.8 percent (27-43) from the charity stripe, and Chambers has hit 25-of-37 (67.6 percent) of his free throws.
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.
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.
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 second on the team with eight blocks.
• Banks leads the team with nine blocks as the Eagles have thrown 32 of their opponents shot attempts on the season.
• The Eagles snapped a 24-game winless road streak this season with a win at USC Upstate (12/14/09). That win aided FGCU’s current four-game win streak.
• Since the 2007-08 season, FGCU has a 7-32 record away from the friendly confines of Alico Arena.
Three Is the Key
• Five of the Eagles six losses occurred when the opponent collected more three’s than FGCU.
• Opponents are shooting 34.3 percent (83-242) from behind the arc, including 13 three-point performances by Miami and USC Upstate.
• FGCU is shooting 30.6 percent (45-147) from behind the arc. In the Eagles four wins, FGCU hit five of their seven three-pointers in the first half.
• 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 92 steals. Chambers leads the team with 20 as Banks and O’Neil are second on the team with 13 steals.
• In the Eagles last four games, FGCU has forced 71 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.
• 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 team earned its first win over a Big East opponent, defeating DePaul 64-61 in front of 3,125 fans at Alico Arena. With the win, FGCU extended their winning streak to four games, their longest winning streak since becoming a member of Division I.
• Back-to-back A-Sun Player of the Week Reggie Chambers had a career day for the Eagles (4-6). Chambers tied his career-high in points (20), rebounds (7), and also set a career-high with five steals. Chambers also added a game-high five assists.
• FGCU took a 30-25 lead into the halftime break after holding the Blue Demons (7-5) to just 28-percent shooting from the field. The Eagles led by as many as 13 points in the second half before DePaul began to chip away at the lead. The Blue Demons cut the lead to one point with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Chambers then made what was described by Balza as “the play of the game” when he stole an errant pass and drove it the other way for a layup with 1:18 remaining that gave FGCU a three point lead (62-59).
• DePaul again cut the lead to one (62-61) with 59 seconds on the clock. This time it was O’Neil who made a key layup to put the Eagles back up three with under 30 seconds to play (64-61). DePaul had one 3-point opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but the Eagles defended the play well to win by a final score of 64-61.
• Baker scored 12 points for FGCU while Banks scored 11 points and grabbed a career high 10 rebounds. O’Neil finished with nine points and Marks added six points on 3-for-3 shooting.
• The win was also memorable for nine year old PJ Chester, who was granted his wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. PJ’s wish to become a basketball star came true as he served as the honorary team captain for FGCU’s game against DePaul. The Eagles presented PJ with an authentic FGCU home uniform, and his teammates completed the night with an historic win.
Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles ring in the New Year in Nashville, Tenn. as they face cross-town rivals Belmont (1/2/09) and Lipscomb (1/4/09).
• FGCU is 0-3 against Belmont and 1-2 against Lipscomb all-time.
• Stetson University heads into the contest on a four-game losing streak. In their last four games, opponents have outscored the Hatters by a 284-199 margin. Stetson has failed to eclipse the 50 point mark in each of their last three games.
• Stetson holds a 2-7 overall record (0-1 A-Sun) and is 2-1 in home contests on the season. The losses have come by the hands of Florida (74-46), Florida State (80-38), Charleston Southern (80-64), USC Upstate (78-56), No. 18 Louisville (80-48), Miami (69-49) and Savannah State (57-46).
• The Hatters are led by senior guard A.J. Smith and freshman forward Ridge Graham. Smith leads the team in points (13.4 ppg), assists (2 apg) and has led Stetson in scoring in four games on the season. Graham leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game, and has led the Hatters in rebounding in five games on the season.
The FGCU-Stetson Series
• FGCU is 1-3 in the all-time series against Stetson.
• In their last meeting on Jan. 8, 2009, Baker's 23 points led the Eagles to their first win ever against Stetson. The Eagles had lost each of the first three games played between the two schools, including a heartbreaking loss earlier last season that saw the Hatters score the game's final 18 points.
• In the second half, FGCU got started early building on their six-point halftime lead. After a Marks jumper with 17:29 remaining, the Eagles held a 39-25 advantage. FGCU continued to add on to the lead, extending it to as much as 22 points, holding a 54-32 lead with 12:44 to play. The Hatters would mount a bit of a comeback, pulling to within 10 points with 1:40 to play, and even getting as close as eight points with 1:19 to play. The Eagles were able to handle the Stetson press as well as hit clutch free throws down the stretch, as they were able to hang on for an 85-76 victory.
FGCU 1-3 – Home: 1-1; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0
01-08-09 vs Stetson (Alico Arena) W 85-76
12-04-08 at Stetson (Edmunds Center) L 76-71
02-23-08 at Stetson (Edmunds Center) L 69-66
01-11-08 vs Stetson (Alico Arena) L 70-62