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Dollar Night: FGCU Hosts UNF in A-Sun Game of the Week
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team looks to extend their two-game home winning streak as they host conference rival UNF on Friday, Jan.8 at 7:05 p.m.in the A-Sun Game of the Week on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS: Comcast channel 70) and ESPN360.com. General Admission is only $1.
Dollar Night (Friday, Jan.8 at 7:05 p.m.): General admission, sodas, hot dogs and popcorn are only $1.
FGCU will turn around and host A-Sun foe Jacksonville University on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2:05 p.m. The Eagles are 0-4 against the Dolphins all-time.
FGCU-UNF Game Information
Television: CSS: Comcast channel 70 - Matt Stewart (play-by-play)
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: ESPN360.com , A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: www.FGCUathletics.com
Series: FGCU leads 6-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 59, UNF 69, 2/19/09 at Jacksonville, Fla.
Tickets: $1-20 based on location and available at the Alico Arena Box Office, and online at
FGCU-JU Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: www.FGCUathletics.com
Series: FGCU leads 0-4
Last Meeting: FGCU 53, JU 71, 2/21/09 at Jacksonville, Fla.
Tickets: $3-20 based on location and available at the Alico Arena Box Office, and online at
2009-10 Record: 5-8
Head Coach: Dave Balza
Alma Mater: Michigan ‘91
Career: 175-136 (11th year)
At FGCU: 140-88 (8th year)
2009-10 Record: 6-8
Head Coach: Matthew Driscoll (1st year)
Alma Mater: Slippery Rock University, '92
Career: 32-85 (5th year)
At UNF: 6-8 (1st year)
2009-10 Record: 4-8
Head Coach: Cliff Warren (4th year)
Alma Mater: Mount St. Mary’s, '90
Career: 56-75 (4th year)
At JU: 56-75(4th year)
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 26-49 record since becoming a member in 2007-08.
• 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:
Home Sweet Home
• Alico Arena has served as the FGCU men’s basketball home arena since December of 2002. The Eagles played their first two home games at Germain Arena (formally known as Teco Arena) in their inaugural season.
• FGCU has a 97-25 (.795) 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.
• This season, FGCU has a 2-1 record in Alico Arena and has outshot (47.1% to 43.6) and outrebounded (114 to 93) their opponents at home.
FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 41-28(.594) in games played in the month of January.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 9-13 (.409) record to start the New Year which includes key wins over Belmont, ETSU and Kennesaw State.
FGCU vs. The A-Sun
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 15-24 record against conference opponents. • The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Junior guard Reed Baker (12.6 ppg), freshman forward Anthony Banks (11.8 ppg) and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (11.5 ppg) are responsible for 52.9 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 12 of the Eagles 13games this season. Baker has led FGCU in scoring five times, including the past two contests against Belmont and Lipscomb. Banks and Chambers have led the way four and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack by a slim margin is Baker, his 164 total points leads the team and lands him 13th in the A-Sun in scoring.
• Baker has added double figures in each of his last seven games, including two 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09).
• Chambers has added double-figures in five of his last seven games, he put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09).
• Banks has reached double-figures in nine games this season. 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, DePaul, Belmont and Lipscomb.
• In the Eagles five wins, the three have combined for 228 of FGCU’s 373 points (61.1 percent). Banks (16th) and Chambers (19th) are also in the top 20 in scoring in the A-Sun.
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 36.8 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has scored nearly half of the points for the newcomers, recording 154 of the 325 (47.4 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Hunter 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 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.
• Freshman Eddie Murray is third among scoring for the newcomers, he scored a career-high 11 points at North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Junior transfer Charlie Lytle and freshman Brett Williams have combined for 30 total points. Lytle is fourth on the team with six blocks.
• Senior Derrick O’Neil averaged just over five points in his first six games of the season, scoring 32 total points to start the first six contest of the 2009-10 season.
• In his last seven games, the 6-foot-5 forward has averaged 9.9 points, including a season-high 14 points at Stetson (12/27/09).
A Helping Hand
• Six Eagles have already collected double-figures in the assists category.
• Chambers leads the team with 57 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 4.38 assists per game.
• Baker leads the A-Sun, shooting 84 percent (42-50) from the charity stripe.
• Last season, he led the Eagles and the A-Sun with a free-throw percentage of 84.4.
• Murray and Brown lead FGCU off the bench.
• Brown led the Eagles off the bench at Stetson (12/29/09), scoring eight points with seven rebounds in 21 minutes
• 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 117 points.
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last four games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a138-76 margin.
• At Lipscomb, FGCU outscored the Bisons 40-18 in the paint and held the leading A-Sun scorer Adnan Hodzic to only 10 points. Going into the contest with the Eagles, Hodzic was averaging 22.5 points per game.
Three Is the Key
• Seven of the Eagles eight losses occurred when the opponent collected more three’s than FGCU.
• Opponents are shooting 35.2 percent (117-332) from behind the arc, including 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb.
• FGCU is shooting 32.3 percent (60-186) 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 118 steals. Chambers leads the team with 24 as O’Neil and Banks are second and third on the team with 17 and 15 steals respectively.
• In the Eagles last five games, FGCU has forced 96 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.
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 12 blocks.
• Banks shares the team lead with 12 blocks as the Eagles have thrown 44 of their opponents shot attempts on the season.
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.
Last Time Out
Saturday, Jan. 2 – 66-63 win at Belmont
• The FGCU men’s basketball team handed Belmont its first conference loss of the season with a 66-63 victory at the Curb Event Center on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn. Three Eagles recorded double-figures with Baker leading the way with 14 points.
• Baker shot 5-of-13, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Banks registered 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting (2-of-2 from the charity stripe). Chambers also added double-figures with 12 points to go along with a game-high six assists. Marks dominated the boards, tying a career-high with 13 rebounds.
Monday, Jan. 4 – 89-79 loss at Lipscomb
• Despite connecting on 17 of their first 20 shots, the FGCU men’s basketball team fell to A-Sun foe Lipscomb, 89-79 on Monday night at the Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Lipscomb used a 12-2 run late in the first half to take a 46-41lead into the half, a lead they did not relinquish. A total of nine players recorded double-figures in the game.
• Four Eagles registered double-digit in points with Baker leading the way with 17. Baker shot 5-of-11, including 2-of-5 from behind the arc. Baker has led FGCU in scoring in five of their last seven games, and has put up double-figures in the Eagles last seven contests. Banks registered 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting (1-of-2 from the charity stripe). Marks and O’Neil also added double-figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. O’Neil also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles continue conference play on Sunday, Jan. 10 against Jacksonville at 2:05 p.m. at Alico Arena.
• The Eagles are 0-4 against the Dolphins all-time.
About The Ospreys
• In their last contest, North Florida lost a close home contest to Mercer. Mercer needed 32 made free throws, including a stretch of 22 in a row, to escape with a narrow 84-79 victory over the Ospreys in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Monday, Jan. 4. The win snapped a five-game winning streak for the Ospreys, their third longest streak in school history. Brad Haugabrook led UNF with 19 points, with freshman Jerron Granberry scoring 15, freshman Andy Diaz 11, and senior’s Stan Januska and Germaine Sparkes added 10 each.
• The recent loss to Mercer dropped North Florida’s record to 6-8 overall and 1-3 in A-Sun conference play. The Osprey’s went 1-4 in the month of November with the lone win coming over Savannah State (57-46) and losses to Notre Dame (86-65), Illinois State (71-55), Campbell (59-58)*, and East Tennessee State (82-56)*. UNF dropped the first three games in the month of December to Alabama (73-51), Northwestern (84-54), and Marquette (78-51) before going on a four game winning streak to end the month with a 3-4 record, with victories over Canisius (65-61), New Orleans (64-49), Southern Miss (53-46), and Palm Beach Atlantic (66-59). The Osprey’s extended their winning streak to five games by opening January with a conference victory over Kennesaw State (66-60)* only to have the streak come to an end with a loss to Mercer (84-79)*.
*denotes Atlantic Sun Conference game
• The Ospreys are led by two players who average just less than 10 points per game. Having started every game on the year, freshman forward Andy Diaz averages 9.7 points to go along with a team high 4.1 rebounds per game and senior guard Stan Januska is not far behind, with 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Additionally for North Florida, sophomore forward Matt Suey and freshman guard Jerron Granberry each record 8.6 points per game and junior guard Brad Haugabrook adds 7.9 per contest.
• As the fourth head coach in University of North Florida men’s basketball history, Matthew Driscoll will lead the Ospreys into uncharted waters in his first year the helm. The 2009-10 season will be the first in school history that North Florida is eligible for the Division I NCAA Tournament after finishing its four-year reclassification period from Division II.
The FGCU-UNF Series
• FGCU owns a 6-1 record in the all-time series between the two teams, FGCU is 3-0 against UNF at Alico Arena.
• For the second straight year, FGCU hosts UNF as part of the CSS/Atlantic Sun Game of the Week package. In last year’s meeting, FGCU rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to win 50-44. After ice-cold shooting in the opening 20 minutes, FGCU shot an even 50 percent and made 13 more free throws in the second half than UNF.
FGCU Leads 6-1 – Home: 3-0; Away: 3-1; Neutral: 0-0
02-19-09 at UNF (Jacksonville, Fla.) L 69-59
01-23-09 UNF (Alico Arena) W 50-44
03-01-08 UNF (Alico Arena) W 74-71 (OT)
01-03-08 at UNF (Jacksonville, Fla.) W 70-67
11-13-04 at UNF (Jacksonville, Fla.) W 103-95
01-02-04 UNF (Alico Arena) W 84-69
02-10-03 at UNF (Jacksonville, Fla.) W 78-60
About The Dolphins
• The Dolphins face Stetson (Jan. 8) before facing FGCU on Sunday (Jan. 10). JU defeated Kennesaw State 91-52 (Jan. 4). Jacksonville put up its second-highest scoring night of the season while holding the Owls to a season-low 51 points, hitting just 17-of-60 from the floor. JU dominated by hitting 54.9 percent of its shots – the second-best shooting night of the season. Jacksonville also dominated the Owls on the glass, holding a 55-32 advantage, with 26 second chance points on 21 offensive rebounds. Ben Smith led four Dolphins in double figures with 21 points and seven assists, his fifth straight game in double figures earning A-Sun Player of the Week honors.
• The victory over Kennesaw State improved JU’s record to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in A-Sun conference play. The Dolphins went 0-4 in the month of November with losses to Florida State (87-61), California (79-47), South Carolina (97-93), and Georgia State (64-54). JU split six games in the month of December, with victories over Bethune-Cookman (56-48), Buffalo (83-73), and UCF (61-51) and losses to Florida (85-67), Campbell (73-57)*, and ETSU (93-70)*. The Dolphin’s dropped the first game in January in a close match with Mercer (75-74)* before earning their first conference victory of the season over Kennesaw State (91-52)*.
*denotes Atlantic Sun Conference game.
• The Dolphins are led by two players who have scored in double digit through the first 12 games. Having started every game on the season, senior guard Ben Smith averages 18.8 points to go along with a team high 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Junior guard Travis Cohn is the only other player in double figures with 10.3 points per game.
• Since his arrival in 2005, Cliff Warren has rebuilt the program at Jacksonville University, and led JU to their first conference regular season title in the program’s history – winning at three-time defending champion Belmont on the last day of the regular season. Over the last three seasons, JU has produced three straight winning seasons – tying for the second-longest streak of winning seasons in program history.
The FGCU-JU Series
• JU owns a 4-0 record in the all-time series between the two teams.
• Three Eagles recorded double-figures in the teams last meeting, but the Dolphins were able to gain an 11-point lead into the half and go on to defeat FGCU 71-53 in the last game of the season for the blue and green.
JU Leads 4-0 – Home: 0-2; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0
02-21-09 at JU (Jacksonville, Fla.) L 71-53
01-25-09 JU (Alico Arena) L 75-65
02-28-08 JU (Alico Arena) L 89-80
01-05-08 at JU (Jacksonville, Fla.) L 74-55