FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team will close out the 2009-10 season with a home game against USC Upstate on Thursday night. Prior to the game, seniors George Erkvania, Derrick O’Neil, and Kyle Marks will be honored. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Alico Arena.
FGCU-USC Upstate Information
Live Stats: www.FGCUathletics.com
Series: FGCU Leads 3-1 (Home: 2-0; Away: 1-1; Neutral: 0-0)
Last Meeting: 12/14/09 FGCU 86, USC Upstate 82 at Spartansburg, S.C
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 29-61 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 8-20 5-7 3-13 5-15
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 143-100 100-31 35-64 18-37
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 5-2 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
2/20/2010 Belmont W 85-80
FGCU in February
• FGCU has an all-time record of 39-27 (.591) in games played in the month of February.
• Since their move to Division I in 2007-08, FGCU has a 5-18 (.217) record in the last month of the regular season with key wins over Lipscomb, Kennesaw State, and Belmont.
FGCU vs. The A-Sun
• Since becoming a member of the Atlantic Sun in the Fall of 2007, FGCU has a 18-37 (.327) record against conference opponents.
• The Eagles had a season-best seven conference wins last season.
The Three Amigos
• Freshman forward Anthony Banks (13.2 ppg), junior guard Reed Baker (11.4 ppg), and sophomore guard Reggie Chambers (9.1 ppg) are responsible for 51.7 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• One of the “Three Amigos” has led FGCU in scoring in 25 of the Eagles 28 games this season. Banks has led FGCU in scoring 11 times, including six of the last 12 contests. Baker and Chambers have led the way 11 and three times respectively.
• Leading the Eagles attack are Banks and Baker with 369 and 320 points, respectively. Banks ranks 11th and Baker ranks 21st in the A-Sun conference. Banks also ranks third in the A-Sun in field goal percentage and eighth in rebounds. Chambers (25th) also ranks in the top 25 in scoring in the A-Sun.
• Banks has reached double-figures in 21 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 16 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 (.310).
• In the Eagles eight wins, the three have combined for 337 of FGCU’s 593 points (56.8 percent).
New Kids on the Block
• The Eagles six newcomers are responsible for 40.9 percent of FGCU’s scoring.
• Banks has just under half of the points for the newcomers, recording 369 of the 746 (49.5 percent) points scored by the six new guys.
• Freshman Sherwood Brown is second in scoring (121 points) 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. At Mercer (02/01/10), Brown pulled down six boards for the Eagles and collected 10 points at Jacksonville (2/11/10). The walk on added 15 points and 6 rebounds vs. Lipscomb (2/18/10) and followed that with a 16 point, 7 rebound outing against Belmont (2/20/10).
• Freshman Hunter Miller is averaging 3.4 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 88 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 72 total points. 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 109 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 66 assists on the season.
• Baker leads the A-Sun, shooting 84.5 percent (71-84) from the charity stripe.
• Last season, he led the Eagles and the A-Sun with a free-throw percentage of 84.4.
• 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 16 games, the FGCU bench has collected 413 points (25.8 ppg).
Dominating the Paint
• In the Eagles last 16 games, FGCU has dominated the paint, outscoring their opponents by a 506-420 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
• 15 of the Eagles 20 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 36.4 percent (229-629) from behind the arc, including a 15 three-point performance by Lipscomb (1/4/10).
• FGCU is shooting 30.6 percent (121-396) 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 225 steals. Chambers leads the team with 43, while O’Neil’s 29 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 27 blocks; as a team the Eagles have sent back 99 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 USC Upstate Spartans
• The Spartans (5-22 Overall, 5-13 A-Sun) are led by senior center Nick Schneiders’ 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. Schneiders became Upstate's all-time blocked shots leader against FGCU in the their last meeting, and currently has 86 blocks on the year.
• Eddie Payne is a veteran of the coaching sideline, having spent 24 years as a head coach, and is in his eighth year at the helm of the Upstate men's basketball program. After 24 years, three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Coach of the Year honors and two Peach Belt Conference championships, Payne has taken another challenging step in his coaching career, having led Upstate into NCAA Division I competition in 2007-08.
Last Meeting: FGCU 86, USC Upstate 82, 12/14/09 at Spartansburg, S.C.
• The FGCU men's basketball team took an 86-82 victory at USC Upstate, giving the Eagles their second consecutive win.
• This marks the second time in three years that the Eagles have won their conference opener.
• The Eagles used a 13-2 run midway through the first half to take the 20-12 lead with 8:47 remaining in the half. Junior Reed Baker and sophomore Reggie Chambers combined for 14 of the FGCU’s first 20 points.
• After the Eagles built a 14 point advantage on a layout by senior Derrick O’Neil at the 3:05 mark, the Spartans’ Josh Chavis nailed three three-pointers and converted a pair of free throws in the final three minutes to push USC Upstate on a 17-5 run as they fought back to come within two, 41-39, at the half.
• In the second half, Chavis' three-pointer at the 18:48 mark gave Upstate a 42-41 lead, its first since the 12:23 mark of the first half. There were seven more lead changes the rest of the game as the teams countered each other's shots
• Upstate opened a four-point lead, 49-45, on a Chavis 3-pointer with 16:34 to play in the game for the Spartans' biggest lead of the contest.
• Freshman Anthony Banks converted a layup and Baker nailed a three-pointer to spark a 7-0 run as FGCU took a three-point lead with 15:06 to play.
• The Eagles' lead grew to four points with 12:24 to play, but Upstate fought back to tie the game at 61-61 with 8:40 remaining on Chavis' eighth three-pointer of the night. • Chavis hit his record-tying ninth three-pointer to give Upstate a 64-61 lead with 7:47 to play. FGCU again answered with a 6-0 spurt with Baker converting four free throws and Banks hitting a short jumper.
• Banks converted a three-point play with a bucket and a free throw to start a 6-0 run that propelled the Eagles to a 74-66 lead with 2:54 to play.
• With FGCU up by eight with 1:28 to play, Upstate used two three-pointers and a layup from Carter Cook to cut the deficit to three with 44 seconds to play.
• Chavis nailed his 10th three-pointer of the game to pull the Spartans within two, 82-80, with 24 seconds to play, but Chambers made two free throws with 22 seconds remaining and Banks converted a dunk with five seconds left as FGCU held off Upstate for the win.
• Baker scored a career-high 27 points while Banks added 21 points for the Eagles. Reigning A-Sun Player of the Week Reggie Chambers scored 16 points in 19 minutes.
• Josh Chavis scored a game-high 34 points for the Spartans (1-7, 1-1), including 10 three-pointers that set an Upstate record.
• Both teams shot well, with FGCU shooting 46.2% for the game and USC Upstate shooting 43.8%. Three-point shooting was even better, with the Eagles connecting on 9-of-17 (52.9%) three-point shots, and the Spartans making 13-of-25 (52.0%).