11/15/2013 | Greenville, S.C. (Timmons Arena) | Attendance: 1657
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||FUR|
|3P FG Percentage||.188
FGCU (1-1) @ Furman (2-0)
Friday, Nov. 15 | 6 PM | Timmons Arena (3,500)
TV: CSS | ESPN3
Channel Locator: SWFL (486 HD) & (70 SD)
ESPN3.com (Subject to Blackout in Southeast)
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Game Notes: FGCU | Furman | Atlantic Sun
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Coming off an early-morning victory on Tuesday in which its lone senior set a program record and the offense started to find its flow, the FGCU men’s basketball team (1-1) takes its show on the road as the Eagles battle Furman (2-0) Friday night at 6 on CSS and ESPN3.
BACK ON THE NATIONAL STAGE
FGCU is coming off a 65-51 win over Hartford on Tuesday morning in a game that tipped at 7 a.m. as part of ESPN’s 24-Hour Tipoff Marathon. A standing-room only crowd of 4,525 – the second-largest in program history – witnessed a record-setting performance from the Eagles lone senior, Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS).
Fieler set the Division-I program record with 30 points and also set the record with 13 made field goals on just 17 attempts as the 6-8 forward threw down three dunks within a handful of minutes midway through the second half to open up an insurmountable lead.
Friday’s game will be the third consecutive contest on regional or national TV to start the year for the Eagles as it will air live on CSS. FGCU’s first game appeared nationally on the Big Ten Network before Tuesday’s Breakfast at the Beach early-morning affair was broadcast live on ESPN2.
NEWS & NOTES
It took more than three halves, but once FGCU threw down its first dunk of the season early in the second half versus Hartford, they kept coming. Fieler had the first at the 15:32 mark and then added two more of his own in the next six minutes. A little later, Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) tossed up an alley-oop to Nate Hicks (Panama City Beach, Fla./J.R. Arnold HS/Georgia Tech), who slammed home FGCU’s fourth dunk in a little more than 10 minutes after having none through nearly the first 65 minutes of the campaign.
After being out-scored in the paint at Nebraska, 34-16, the Eagles bounced back Tuesday by out-scoring Hartford, 38-22. Last year, an average of 34 points per game were scored in the paint for FGCU. Not surprisingly, FGCU shot 51 percent from the floor versus Hartford compared with the 44 percent – including 36 percent in the first half – against Nebraska.
* The Paladins, members of the Southern Conference, have started the season 2-0 with home victories over Sewanee and Gardner-Webb.
* The 2013-2014 campaign marks the 100th season of intercollegiate basketball at Furman University.
* The Paladins welcome back four of their top six scorers from last year’s team which went 7-24 in 2012-13, led by point guard Stephen Croone.
* Furman features a pair of players with familiar names that have strong roots in sports. Junior guard Aaron O’Neill is the son of former Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees outfielder Paul O’Neill, while William Gates, Jr’s father, William Gates, was the focus of the well-known basketball documentary Hoop Dreams.
* With its victory over Sewanee in the season opener, Furman is 35-0 against non-NCAA Division I opposition since the beginning of the 1998-99 campaign.
PLAYER QUICK HITTERS
Comer: Posted eight assists against no turnovers versus Hartford after turning the ball over six times in the opener at Nebraska; second straight season he has had six turnovers in the opener and responded with eight assists and no turnovers in the next game.
Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS): Had a season-high seven rebounds against Hartford, but the nation’s leading returning steals leader – who is still slightly hobbled by an ankle injury suffered a few days before the season opener – does not have a theft yet through the first two games of the year after recording 102 last year. He only had one regular-season game last year in which he did not record a steal.
Jamail Jones (Atlanta, Ga./Montverde Academy): Has logged 34 minutes and grabbed eight rebounds in each of his first two games as a member of the Green and Blue after transferring from Marquette.
Filip Cvjeticanin (Zagreb, Croatia/American School of Madrid): Played a career-high 29 minutes in the home opener versus Hartford.
Marcus Blake (Miami, Fla./American Heritage HS): Tied his career high with seven minutes played off the bench opposite Hartford.
Dajuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy): Scored a season-high nine points off the bench against Hartford on a career-best four made field goals.
FGCU lands back at The Nest on Monday, Nov. 18, as it will face Eckerd at 7 p.m.
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2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. New this year are mini-plan packages for all games, with the exception of “Breakfast at the Beach,” and individual-game tickets are now on sale. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.