FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men’s basketball team looks to get back on track as they host a pair of A-Sun games, beginning with a contest against Lipscomb on Thursday night (7:30 pm), followed by a Saturday (5:15 pm) tilt with Belmont.
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Series: Lipscomb Leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 01/4/10 Lipscomb 89, FGCU 79 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Series: Belmont Leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 01/2/10 FGCU 66, Belmont 63 in Nashville, Tenn.
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 28-60 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.
Year Record Home Away A-Sun
2009-10 7-19 4-6 3-13 4-13
2008-09 11-20 11-6 0-14 7-13
2007-08 10-21 4-7 5-13 6-10
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 142-99 99-30 35-64 17-36
• 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 in mid December.
Keepin’ It Close
• With their two nail-biters on Jan. 22 and 24, the Eagles became the first A-Sun team since Stetson last Feb 7 and 9 to play in back-to-back one-point games
02/07/2009 Stetson at USC Upstate L 53-54
02/09/2009 Steson at ETSU W 64-63
• FGCU is 4-2 in games decided by 5 points or less.
12/14/2009 at USC Upstate W 86-82
12/22/2009 DePaul W 64-61
01/02/2010 at Belmont W 66-63
01/22/2010 Kennesaw State L 69-68
01/24/2010 Mercer W 71-70
02/13/2010 at UNF L 68-65
FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 38-26 (.613) in games played in the month of February.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 4-17 (.190) record in the last month of the regular season with key wins over Lipscomb and Kennesaw State. FGCU vs. The A-Sun
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 17-36 (.321) record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks (13.3 ppg), junior guard Reed Baker (11.0 ppg), and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.3 ppg) are responsible for 52.5 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 23 of the Eagles 26 games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring 11 times, including six of the last 10 contests. Baker and Chambers have led the way nine and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack are Banks and Baker with 345 and 286 points, respectively. Banks ranks 11th and Baker ranks 22nd in the A-Sun conference. Banks also ranks fourth in the A-Sun in field goal percentage and seventh in rebounds. Chambers (25th) is also ranks in the top 25 in scoring in the A-Sun.
• Banks has reached double-figures in 19 games this season. Against DePaul, he added his first career double-double by collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds. Against Jacksonville (1/10/10) Banks recorded his second double-double as he netted 14 points and added 12 rebounds. At ETSU (1/16/10) Banks registered his third double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Banks added his fourth double-double of the season against Stetson (01/27/10), collecting 21 points and 10 rebounds. Banks recorded his fifth double-double of the season at Mercer (02/01/10), collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds.
• Baker has added double figures in 14 games, including back-to-back 20+ point performances against FIU (12/12/09) and USC Upstate (12/14/09). Baker is first on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.336).
• Chambers put up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals against DePaul (12/22/09). Chambers is second on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.320).
• In the Eagles seven wins, the three have combined for 298 of FGCU’s 508 points (58.7 percent).
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 39.3 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has more than half of the points for the newcomers, recording 345 of the 661 (52.2 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring (90 points) among the FGCU newcomers, averaging 3.8 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. At Mercer (02/01/10), Brown pulled down six boards for the Eagles and collected 10 points at Jacksonville (2/11/10).
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 3.2 points per game. Miller had a season-best 10 points at Longwood (12/5/09). At Kennesaw State (01/30/10), the Nashville, Tenn. native dished out a career-best 10 assists.
• Freshman Eddie Murray (3.1 ppg) has added 81 points for the newcomers; he scored a career-high 11 points at North Carolina Central (12/16/09) and registered 10 points at Jacksonville (2/11/10)
• Junior transfer Charlie Lytle and freshman Brett Williams have combined for 61 total points. In the Eagles last contest, Williams led all scorers with a career-best 19 points against Campbell (2/ 6/10). Going into the game against Campbell, Williams had 17 total points on the season. Lytle is fifth on the team with eight blocks.
A Helping Hand
• Eight Eagles have already collected 20 or more assists on the season.
• Chambers leads the team with 104 assists, including a career-high 11 assist against North Carolina Central (12/16/09).
• Chambers ranks fifth in the A-Sun with 4.0 assists per game.
• Miller sits second on the team with 57 assists on the season.
• Baker leads the A-Sun, shooting 83.8 percent (67-80) from the charity stripe.
• Last season, he led the Eagles and the A-Sun with a free-throw percentage of 84.4. Reserve Strength
• Brown, Miller and Murray 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 four of his shot attempts against NCCU, adding three free throws and three steals in 10 minutes played. At Stetson, the 6-foot-8 forward added six points and two boards in 12 minutes played.
• In the last 14 games, the FGCU bench has collected 350 points (25.0 ppg).
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last 14 games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a 442-364 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
• 14 of the Eagles 19 losses occurred when the opponent collected more threes than FGCU.
• Over a two-game stretch (1/8/10 vs. UNF, 1/10/10 vs. JU) the Eagles failed to connect on a 3-point attempt, going a combined 0-for-18.
• Opponents are shooting 36.1 percent (208-576) from behind the arc, including a 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 30.1 percent (108-359) from behind the arc.
• The Eagles are 2-3 when they drain more three-pointers than their opponent.
It Takes a Thief
• FGCU’s 238 steals last season came in big part because of O’Neil. O’Neil led 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 213 steals. Chambers leads the team with 41, while O’Neil’s 28 thefts are second on the team. Chambers is ninth in the A-Sun in this category.
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 26 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 94 shot attempts. Marks is currently ninth in the A-Sun.
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.
About The Lipscomb Bisons
• The Bisons (13-12 overall, 10-6 A-Sun) are led by Adnan Hozic , who leads the A-Sun in scoring with 21.7 ppg and ranks third in the conference with 8.5 rpg. Hozic’s 21.7 ppg place him 10th in the nation in scoring and first among centers. Josh Slater (17.1 ppg, fifth) and Jordan Burgason (12.6 ppg, 14th) are also in the top 15 in scoring in the conference.
• On their recent one-game road trip to South Carolina, the Bisons lost to USC Upstate 81-74 on Feb. 11. Hozic led Lipscomb with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Last Meeting: Lipscomb 89, FGCU 79, 1/4/10 at Nashville, Tenn.
• 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 junior guard Reed 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.
• Freshman Anthony Banks registered 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting (1-of-2 from the charity stripe).
• Senior’s Kyle Marks and Derrick O’Neil also added double-figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. O’Neil also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
• The Bisons placed five players in double-figures, three scoring 20 points or more. Jordan Burgason scored 22 points, Johnny Lee added a career-high 22 and Brandon Brown finished with 20.
• Junior center Adnan Hodzic finished with 10 points, extending his nation-leading double-figure streak to 40 games. Josh Slater also added 10.
• In the first half, FGCU dominated the paint, scoring 26 points and opened up a nine point lead midway through the first half.
• Chambers hit a 3-pointer to give FGCU the 32-23 lead with 10:25 left before the break.
• The Eagles offense connected on 17 of their first 20 shots with O’Neil scoring six of his 11 points in the first two minutes of the contest.
• From that point the Bisons went on a 20-7 run. They led for the first time at 2:09, 40-39. The run for the Bisons started with a free throw by Brown and ended with a 3-pointer by Burgason at 1:09. The Bisons went into the dressing room with a 46-41 lead.
• In the second half, the Bisons opened up a nine-point lead, 52-43 as Burgason sank his second 3-pointer of the second half at 18:26.
• The Eagles fought back and cut the Bisons lead down to three, 62-59, on a 3-point shot by Baker with 12:53 remaining. That would be the closest FGCU would get to the Bisons in the final 20 minutes.
• With 8:52 left to play Lee dropped in a pair of free throws to give the Bisons the 71-61 lead, the biggest advantage by the Bisons at that point.
• Slater scored inside at 3:32 to give the Bisons a 77-70 lead. Slater was fouled on the play and sank the free throw. His points ended a three-minute scoring drought by the Bisons.
• Lipscomb hit a 3-point shot with 2:20 on the clock to give the Bisons an 82-72 lead and they never looked back.
• Both teams shot more than 50 percent from the field. FGCU hit 53 percent (32-60) and Lipscomb connected on 51 percent (25-49) of their shots.
• Despite FGCU outrebounding Lipscomb by a 34-26 margin, the Bison held the advantage in the 3-point category, draining 15 3-pointers to FGCU’s six.
About The Belmont Bruins
• The Bruins (16-10 overall, 11-5 A-Sun) are led by Ian Clark, the seventh-leading scorer in the A-Sun with 15.0 ppg. Mick Hedgepeth ranks 20th in the conference in scoring with 11.4 ppg and ninth in rebounding with 6.6 per game.
• On their recent one-game road trip to South Carolina, the Bruins defeated USC Upstate 70-57 on Feb. 13. Clark led Belmont with 22 points and Hedgepeth pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Last Meeting: FGCU 66, Belmont 63, 1/2/10 at Nashville, Tenn.
• 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 junior guard Reed Baker leading the way with 14 points. Baker shot 5-of-13, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc.
• Freshman Anthony Banks registered 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting (2-of-2 from the charity stripe).
• Sophomore Reggie Chambers also added double-figures with 12 points to go along with a game-high six assists.
• Kyle Marks dominated the boards, tying a career-high with 13 rebounds.
• Jordan Campbell and Ian Clark each had a game-high 15 points for Belmont. Clark was 5-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line.
• Campbell shot 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
• Four minutes into the first half, Baker hit a 3-pointer that sparked a 9-0 FGCU run that gave them a 15-9 lead with 10:34 remaining. Four different Eagles scored during that short spurt with Sherwood Brown capping off the run with a tip-in after a missed FGCU jumper.
• Belmont used a 10-3 run late in the first half to even the score at 26 with 35 seconds left. Clark collected five points for the Bruins during that stretch.
• FGCU quickly answered and regained the lead with 12 seconds left in the first half. Banks hit a layup to give the Eagles the 28-26 lead going in to the break.
• Baker and Chambers each entered the half with seven points apiece.
• The Eagles dominated the paint in the first half, taking a 16-6 advantage in that category.
• Both teams committed 11 turnovers in the first half, and missed a combined 43 shots.
• In the second half, the Eagles opened up with an 8-2 run to give them a 36-28 lead with 17:12 left in the game. Baker and Chambers each connected on 3-point attempts to extend the Eagles lead to eight points.
• The Bruins answered with a 10-0 run of their own to take their second lead of the contest, 38-36 with 14:19 remaining.
• The FGCU defense stepped up and came away with two Belmont turnovers on back-to-back Bruin possessions to regain the lead (42-41) at the 13:05 mark.
• After a Mick Hedgepeth’s layup put the Bruins up by one (43-42) with 12:46 on the clock, the Eagles went on a 12-3 run to give them an eight point advantage with 6:29 remaining in the game.
• Belmont inched within three, 57-54 at the 3:50 mark, on a 3-pointer by Clark, before Kyle Marks scored a key basket on an inbounds play to stretched the margin back to five with 3:18 remaining in the contest.
• The teams traded scores but Clark hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night to get Belmont within two, 65-63, with 39 seconds to go.
• Following a timeout and a stoppage to clarify the game and shot clock - underneath the FGCU basket - Baker attempted a risky inbounds pass by bouncing the ball off of Clark's back and stepping into the court to score, but the ball got deflected into the corner and went out of bounds with possession awarded to the Bruins.
• With FGCU holding on to a two-point lead with three-seconds left, Hedgepeth went to line after an FGCU foul. Hedgepeth missed the first free throw attempt and intentionally missed the second attempt but Marks grabbed the rebound and made one throw to provide the final margin.
• After shooting 32.4 percent from the field (11-of-34) and 37.5 percent (5-of-8) from behind the arc in the first half.