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Men's Basketball Hits the Road for a Pair of A-Sun Games
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team looks to get back on track as they begin a two-game road trip Thursday night in Buies Creek, N.C. to battle conference foe Campbell before heading to Johnson City, Tenn. to take on ETSU on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles will be back home as they begin a stretch of three straight at Alico Arena starting January 22nd as they play host to Kennesaw State at 7:05 p.m. The Green and Blue then host Mercer on the 24th and Stetson on the 27th.
FGCU-Campbell Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: http://www.gocamels.com/
Series: FGCU leads 2-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 62, Campbell 78, 1/28/09 at Buies Creek, N.C.
FGCU-ETSU Game Information
Radio/Streaming Audio: ESPN 770 AM – Dave Moulton
Streaming Video: A-Sun.TV
Live Stats: www.ETSUbucs.com
Series: ETSU leads 2-1
Last Meeting: FGCU 78, ETSU 102, 2/7/09 at Johnson City, Tenn.
2009-10 Record: 5-10
Head Coach: Dave Balza
Alma Mater: Michigan ‘91
Career: 175-138 (11th year)
At FGCU: 140-90 (8th year)
2009-10 Record: 9-5
Head Coach: Robbie Laing (5th year)
Alma Mater: Troy State, '82
Career: 62-125 (5th year)
At Campbell: 62-125 (5th year)
2009-10 Record: 8-8
Head Coach: Murry Bartow (7th year)
Alma Mater: Alabama-Birmingham, '85
Career: 229-163(13th year)
At ETSU: 116-81 (5th 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 27-53 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:
Year Record Home Away A-Sun
2009-10 5-10 2-3 3-8 2-4
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 140-90 97-27 35-59 15-26
• 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.
FGCU in January
• FGCU has an all-time record of 42-31 (.594) in games played in the month of January.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 10-16 (.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 15-26 record against conference opponents. • The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Junior guard Reed Baker (12.7 ppg), freshman forward Anthony Banks (12.1 ppg) and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (10.5 ppg) are responsible for 53.2 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 14 of the Eagles 15 games this season. Baker has led FGCU in scoring six times, including three of the past four contests. Banks and Chambers have led the way five and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack by a slim margin is Baker, his 190 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 nine 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 ten games, he put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09). Chambers also lead the Eagles in 3-point field goal percentage (.375).
• Banks has reached double-figures in 12 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. Last time out against Jacksonville (1/10/10) banks recorded his second double-double as he netted 14 points and added 12 rebounds.
• 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 35.7 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has scored just over half of the points for the newcomers, recording 182 of the 356 (51.1 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 2.4 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 4.1 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 seven 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 9.1 points, including a season-high 14 points at Stetson (12/27/09).
A Helping Hand
• Eight Eagles have already collected double-figures in the assists category.
• Chambers leads the team with 69 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 4.60 assists per game.
• Baker leads the A-Sun, shooting 83.6 percent (46-55) 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 57 points.
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last four games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a138-72 margin.
• At Lipscomb (1/4/10), 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
• Nine of the Eagles 10 losses occurred when the opponent collected more three’s than FGCU.
• In the Eagles last two games, they have failed to connect on a 3-point attempt, going 0-for-18.
• Opponents are shooting 35.8 percent (132-368) from behind the arc, including 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 29.4 percent (60-204) 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 129 steals. Chambers leads the team with 25 as O’Neil and Banks are second and third on the team with 178 and 16 steals respectively.
• In the Eagles last five games, FGCU has forced 83 turnovers, including 37 steals.
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 leads the team with 18 blocks.
• Banks is second on the team with 16 blocks as the Eagles have thrown 57 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
Sunday, Jan. 10 – 82-58 loss vs Jacksonville
• The FGCU men’s basketball team suffered its third straight loss, including two in-a-row at Alico Arena as Ben Smith and the hot shooting Dolphins knocked off the Eagles by a score of 82-58.
• Four Eagles scored in double figures but it was too much to overcome as Ben Smith led all scorers with 25 points to lead JU. Anthony Banks registered his second double-double of the season as he had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Marks added 12 points of 5-of-7 shooting while Reed Baker and Derrick O’Neil tallied 11 and 10 points respectively.
Friday, Jan. 8 – 62-56 loss vs North Florida
• Reed Baker led all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting but it wasn’t enough as UNF defeated the Eagles 62-56 at Alico Arena. Despite shooting 50 (12-of-24) in the second half, the eight point defict at halftime was too much to overcome.
• Two Eagles registered double-digit in points with Baker leading the way with 15. Baker has led FGCU in scoring in six of their last eight games, and has put up double-figures in the Eagles last seven contests. Banks registered 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (4-of-4 from the charity stripe), and led the Eagles with nine rebounds.
Up Next For FGCU
• The Eagles will be back home as they begin a three-game home stand at Alico Arena starting January 22nd as they play host to Kennesaw State at 7:05 p.m. The Green and Blue then host Mercer on the 24th and Stetson on the 27th.
• In their last contest, Campbell defeated Kennesaw State 63-53 to move into a four-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Campbell shot 50 percent from the floor (23-46) and hit 5-of-16 from long range, while converting 19 Kennesaw turnovers into 22 points. Kennesaw shot just 36 percent from the field and made only 6-of-26 from long range (.231). The Camels finished with a 30-26 edge on the glass. Senior forward Jonathan Rodriguez scored 25 points to lead all Campbell scorers, and sophomore guard Lorne Merthie added 13.
• With the win over Kennesaw State, Campbell improves to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The Camels are in a four-way tie for first place in the A-Sun conference with Belmont, ETSU, and Lipscomb. Campbell holds a 2-1 record to open the month of January, with triumphs over USC Upstate (82-69)* and Kennesaw State (63-53)* and their lone A-Sun conference loss to Mercer (82-73)*. *denotes A-Sun Conference game.
• The Camels are led by senior forward Jonathan Rodriguez who is averages close to a double-double with 19.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Rodriguez’s numbers improve slightly in conference matches where he is averaging 21.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing. The only other Campbell player in double figures is sophomore guard Lorne Merthie, averaging 10.0 points and 2.1 steals per game (10.2 points and 2.2 steals in A-Sun Conference contests).
• The Campbell University men’s basketball team is under the direction of seventh year head coach Robbie Laing. Laing's Fighting Camels have won more games over the last four years than in any previous four-year span at the school since 1996-99. The 2008-09 season marked Campbell's best performance in the Atlantic Sun Conference in more than a dozen years. Laing’s career head coaching record is 63-125, all of which were at Campbell University.
FGCU Leads 2-1 – Home: 1-0; Away: 1-1; Neutral: 0-0
01-28-09 at Campbell (Buies Creek, N.C. ) L 78-62
12-13-08 Campbell (Alico Arena) W 72-68
01-24-08 at Campbell (Buies Creek, N.C. ) W 78-73
• The ETSU men’s basketball team watched its 8-0 all-time record against Mercer finally suffer a loss as the Bears beat the Bucs 83-78. Freshman guard Sheldon Cooley finished with a game-high 29 points and three steals. Meanwhile, junior guards Micah Williams and Justin Tubbs finished with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
• With the loss to Mercer, ETSU moves to 8-8 overall and 4-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The Buccaneers are part of the four-way tie with Campbell, Belmont, and Lipscomb. ETSU opened the month of January on a two-game winning streak with victories over USC Upstate (63-62)* and Kennesaw State (63-46)* before losing in their recent outing to Mercer (83-78)*. The Buccaneers will host Stetson on Jan. 14 before taking on the Eagles on Jan. 16. *denotes A-Sun Conference game.
• East Tennessee State is led by a trio of guards averaging double-figures though the first 16 contests. Junior guard Tommy Hubbard leads all scorers with 14.9 points to go along with a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game followed by junior guard Justin Tubbs with 12.9 points and junior guard Micah Williams with 10.6 points per game.
• Murry Bartow became the 15th head coach in the 81-year history of the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball program. He eclipsed 100 wins at ETSU and 200 wins for his career during the 2008-09 season. During the 2008-09 season, Bartow guided the Buccaneers to another 20-win season, as ETSU posted a 23-11 record. The Bucs captured the A-Sun Tournament title and made the program’s eighth trip all-time to the NCAA Tournament and made an impressive showing in the first round as a No. 16 seed, taking No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh to the wire. Bartow’s career coaching record stands at 229-163 and he holds a 126-80 record at ETSU.
ETSU Leads 2-1 – Home: 1-1; Away: 0-1; Neutral: 0-0
02-07-09 at ETSU (Johnson City, Tenn.) L 102-78
01-12-09 ETSU (Alico Arena) W 64-61
02-08-08 ETSU (Alico Arena) L 95-71