(13-9, 7-2 A-Sun)
(4-18, 1-8 A-Sun)
1/25/2014 | Kennesaw, Ga. (KSU Convocation Center) | Attendance: 1671
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||KSU|
|3P FG Percentage||.300
FGCU (12-9, 6-2 A-Sun)
@ Kennesaw State (4-17, 1-7 A-Sun)
Saturday, Jan. 25 | 12:00 PM
KSU Convocation Center (4,600)
Game Notes: FGCU | KSU | A-Sun (Printable)
KENNESAW, Ga. – Coming off a disappointing 68-55 loss to Mercer in a first-place battle on Thursday night, the FGCU men’s basketball team (12-9, 6-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) has a quick turnaround as it looks to bounce back Saturday with a 12 p.m. tipoff against Kennesaw State (4-17, 1-7 A-Sun) at the KSU Convocation Center.
SETTING THE STAGE
With the loss Thursday, FGCU dropped to second place in the A-Sun standings, one game behind Mercer (7-1) but still one game ahead of third-place UNF (5-3). Kennesaw State fell at home to Stetson, 68-65, for its fourth straight loss and 12th in the last 13 games. The Owls are alone in last place in the A-Sun ledger, with its lone win coming over USC Upstate, which battled FGCU last week before falling, 63-60.
HOW TO FOLLOW
The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and WatchESPN, and fans can access the production by following the link at the top of this release. Live in-game and behind-the-scenes updates will be available through Twitter @FGCU_MBB, and live stats can be accessed by following the link at the top of the release or by logging on to the men’s basketball schedule page on FGCUAthletics.com.
KEY STAT: 67
FGCU’s key number is 67. Kennesaw State has yet to win a game this year when scoring 67 points or fewer (0-15). The Eagles enter Saturday’s matinee allowing opponents to score just 66 points per game, the best defense in the A-Sun. FGCU is 9-2 on the campaign when holding its opponents to 67 points or less.
TWEETABLES (5 Things To Know In 140 Characters Or Less)
• FGCU held Mercer nearly 14 points below its 81.8 average on Thursday as the Bears scored in the 60s for just the second time in A-Sun play.
• The Eagles shot just 35 percent (second-lowest of the season) from the field at Mercer, including just a 1-17 performance from the 3-point line.
• Chase Fieler became FGCU’s first player with 1,000 career points and 600 career rebounds with 10 caroms at Mercer (1,095, 607).
• Brett Comer issued four assists against Mercer, moving him into 8th place on the A-Sun’s all-time career assist list (528).
• FGCU has not lost consecutive games since Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 at USF and Mississippi State, respectively.
SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE
• Kennesaw State is ranked 300th or worse in the nation (345 schools) in nine key statistical categories: scoring offense (63.9), scoring margin (-10.0), field-goal percentage defense (46.7), rebound margin (-4.7), assist/turnover ratio (0.7), turnovers per game (16.2), turnover margin (-2.4), personal fouls (454) and most turnovers 341.
• Two of KSU’s four wins have come over non-Division I opponents.
• Delbert Love leads KSU in scoring at 11 per game and needs just 17 points to become the eighth A-Sun player this year to crack the 1,000-point milestone.
• Head coach Lewis Preston is 9-68 in three years at Kennesaw State.
• The Owls brought in eight new players this year, making more than half the roster newcomers.
• Kennesaw State is 2-0 when scoring 70-79 points this year and are also 2-0 when holding opponents to 50-59 points.
• The Owls have 10 players averaging at least 13 minutes per game, but only have two players averaging in double digits in points; in addition to Love, Orlando Coleman averages 10.8 points per game.
• KSU is last in five A-Sun statistical categories and second-to-last in five others.
The all-time series between FGCU and Kennesaw State is tied at 6-6, but FGCU has won the last four meetings by a combined 52 points. The Eagles are 4-2 at home in the series and 2-4 on the road.
Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) led FGCU in scoring for the sixth time this year, tallying 14 of his game-high 21 points in the first half and 11 in the opening 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) added a double-double with 13 points and grabbed exactly 10 boards for the sixth time this season, including back-to-back games and three of the last four outings. Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) added 10 points and five rebounds.
Trailing 34-28 at the half, the Eagles trimmed their deficit to only two points, 34-32, early in the second half. However, over the next 12 minutes, the Bears – who have now won 41 of their last 45 games at home – went on a 25-7 run to take a 59-39 lead with 6:30 to play. The Green and Blue fought back to make it a single-digit game on two occasions, but ultimately dropped to 0-7 against the Bears on the road in the regular season.
PLAYER QUICK HITTERS
Eric McKnight (Raleigh, N.C./Princeton Day Academy/Iowa State): has recorded at least one block in seven of his nine games since returning from a suspension, including five multi-block performances; he played a season-high 30 minutes against Mercer and grabbed nine rebounds – one shy of tying his career high.
Fieler: The double-double at Mercer was the fifth of the senior’s season and seventh of his career; seven of his 10 career double-figure rebounding games have come this year as he ranks third in the A-Sun in rebounding at 7.3 per contest.
Thompson: Has scored exactly 21 points in consecutive games; went a season-best 9-10 from the free-throw line opposite the Bears Thursday night.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
10.3: The difference in FGCU’s rebound margin in its 12 wins (+5.9) and eight losses (-4.4).
2: For only the second time in the last 14 games FGCU had single-digit points off turnovers as the Eagles finished with nine at Mercer.
1-3: FGCU’s record when it does not score double-figure points off turnovers, with the lone win coming when it tallied just six at Stetson on Jan. 5.
7: The Eagles also scored just seven second-chance points versus Mercer on Thursday, breaking a streak of seven consecutive games in which they tallied double-digit points in that category.
14: FGCU had a season-high 14 fastbreak points at Mercer, and has now posted double-figure points in that category in back-to-back games for the first time all year.
FGCU returns to The Nest to start its longest homestand of the year with three straight contests at Alico Arena. Stetson comes to town on Friday, Jan. 31, for a 7 p.m. meeting which will be broadcast on CSS. After the contest with the Hatters, FGCU hosts Jacksonville (Feb. 6) and UNF (Feb. 8).
All 2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.
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