(13-13, 7-6 A-Sun)
(16-9, 10-2 A-Sun)
2/8/2014 | Alico Arena (Fory Myers, Fla.) | Attendance: 4633
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||FGCU|
|3P FG Percentage||.211
UNF (13-12, 7-5 A-Sun)
@ FGCU (15-9, 9-2 A-Sun)
Saturday, Feb. 8 | 7:03 PM | Alico Arena (4,633)
PxP: David Moulton | Analyst: J. Webb Horton
PxP: Mark Miller
Game Notes: FGCU | UNF | A-Sun (Printable)
DUNK CITY, Fla. – Coming off one of the best offensive performances in program history, the FGCU men’s basketball team (15-9, 9-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) concludes a mini three-game homestand at Alico Arena Saturday night at 7 as part of Alumni Weekend with a contest against the University of North Florida (13-12, 7-5 A-Sun).
WHAT TO KNOW
• As of Friday night, only standing-room-only tickets remain for the game. Those limited tickets are expected to be completely sold out before the start of the game, and fans – especially students – are encouraged to arrive early.
• There will be an alumni game featuring former FGCU players which begins at 4 p.m. in Alico and is open to the public.
• Naples Flatbread is the presenting game sponsor.
• Fans are encouraged to wear green to create a ‘Greenout’ atmosphere in Alico.
• At halftime the winners of the Mr. and Ms. FGCU competitions will be announced.
• Boxes will be available in the lobby as donations to the on-campus Harry Chapin Food Bank continue to be accepted.
HOW TO FOLLOW
The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, and fans can access the production free of charge by following the link at the top of this release or logging on to WatchESPN.com. David Moulton will handle the play-by-play duties with J. Webb Horton serving as the analyst.
ESPN Radio 99.3 FM will also carry the game locally with Mark Miller on the call. Fans outside the area can access the broadcast online by clicking the link at the top of the 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.
SETTING THE STAGE
With a win, FGCU will move back to the top of the A-Sun standings and into a first-place tie with Mercer at 10-2. The Bears overcame a late deficit against last-place Kennesaw State Friday to claim a 75-68 win. FGCU won the first meeting of the year against UNF, 79-75, in a game which at the time was for first place in the league standings. The Ospreys enter the contest alone in third place in the A-Sun having defeated Stetson Thursday evening, 54-52.
TWEETABLES (5 Things To Know In 140 Characters Or Less)
• Filip Cvjeticanin will serve the final game of his three-game suspension for a violation of team rules.
• Brett Comer scored a career-high 30 points – 20 of which came in the second half – while also issuing eight assists against Jacksonville Thursday.
• Eric McKnight had a career-best 22 points on a program-record 11-11 from the field, the most makes in the nation this year against a D-I opponent without a miss.
• FGCU’s 100 points against the Dolphins were the most in a regulation Atlantic Sun Conference game in program history.
• The Eagles’ 65.6 percent from the field (40-61) was the best performance in the Division-I era (2007-08), second all-time to 67.7 in 2003.
INSIDE THE RECORDS
Below is a look further inside all the team and individual records FGCU set as part of its 29-point win over Jacksonville on Thursday night:
4,416: FGCU’s 7th sellout of the season (4,333 sellout; 4,633 standing-room-only sellout) … prior to this year the Eagles only had one sellout in their history, and that came last year against Miami.
100: The most points in any game by FGCU since Jan. 24, 2012 against Longwood (101-58) … also represents the most points ever scored in an A-Sun game at Alico Arena.
65.6: It marked just the fifth time in program history that FGCU has shot 60 percent or better from the floor, and three of those occasions have been against A-Sun opponents (Stetson, Kennesaw State).
58: FGCU set a D-I program record with 58 points in the paint, just the second time it has eclipsed the 50-point plateau in the paint (51 vs. FIU last year).
30: Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) became the third different FGCU player to score at least 30 points in a game this year: Chase Fieler vs. Hartford (30), Bernard Thompson at USF (32) … it marks the first time in the D-I era that three different players have scored at least 30 points in a game in a single season.
11: McKnight (Raleigh, N.C./Princeton Day Academy/Iowa State) now has three games this year already (he’s played in 12 total after serving a 12-game suspension for a violation of team rules) with at least five makes from the field without a miss … prior to this year FGCU had never had a player accomplish that in a game even once … Louisiana-Lafayette’s Shawn Long has the national mark for made field goals without a miss this year as he went 12-12 against D-III Centenary (La.) on Dec. 17.
8: FGCU threw down a season-high eight dunks which came from five different players and included three alley-oops started by Comer … the Eagles have 28 dunks in the last five games and 18 in the last three contests.
• North Florida and FGCU will be meeting for the 18th time, with the Eagles owning a 10-7 edge.
• FGCU won the first six meetings between the two teams, UNF the next seven and the Green and Blue has claimed the last four.
• Nine of the Ospreys’ 12 A-Sun games have been decided by six points or less, including the last three which have come down to the final possession (2-1).
• UNF is one of two teams to defeat Mercer, and the Ospreys had a 28-point lead at one point in that contest before the Bears scored 31 points in the final four minutes to make it an 89-83 final.
• The Ospreys are 10-0 when holding a better shooting percentage than their opponents and are 11-0 when leading with five minutes to play.
• In A-Sun action, UNF leads the league in blocked shots (53), is second in 3-point percentage (38.0) and is second is rebound margin (+5.5).
• Individually, Travis Wallace leads the A-Sun for the year in rebounding (7.6), Beau Beech paces the conference in free-throw percentage (87.7) and Dallas Moore leads a balanced UNF offensive attack at 12.8 per game.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
0: FGCU held a 49-31 halftime lead on Jacksonville despite having Fieler play just four minutes because of foul trouble and have zero points and zero rebounds.
5: Comer moved into sole possession of 5th place on the A-Sun career assist list with his eight helpers against JU and now has 545 for his career; the junior guard is now chasing Mercer senior Langston Hall for 4th place as he has 576.
7: McKnight has won the opening tip each of the last two games, and both times Comer assisted on a McKnight dunk to start the scoring not even seven seconds into the contest.
14: How many minutes it took McKnight to surpass his previous career high in points (15) against Jacksonville Thursday.
56: Jacksonville’s field-goal percentage (10-18) in the first 10 minutes of the game as the Dolphins had a 22-21 lead at that juncture.
31: JU’s field-goal percentage (17-55) in the final 30 minutes of the game after FGCU switched to a zone defense.
Last year, 10 of FGCU’s 11 losses came away from Alico Arena, and so far this season only one of the Eagles’ losses have occurred inside the friendly confines of The Nest where they are 10-1. Dating back to last year, FGCU has won 16 of its past 17 home games, and boasts a 25-2 record at Alico Arena since the start of the 2012-13 campaign. (Losses: Lipscomb, Iona).
FGCU is better in every key statistical category at home than on the road with the exception of free-throw shooting. The Eagles are connecting at a 69-percent clip (127-184) in their 11 road games (4-7) and 65.1 percent (140-215) at home.
LAST TIME VS. UNF
FGCU overcame first-half foul trouble, a momentarily scary injury to Comer and a hostile environment to claim a gritty 79-75 win on Jan. 9.
Comer went up for a shot at the 11:24 mark of the second half and slipped near the free-throw line, going down immediately and grabbing his left knee. He was subbed out and went back to the locker room – not placing much weight on his left leg – and was replaced by Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) who had four fouls of his own.
UNF held a four-point lead when Comer departed and extended to a five-point edge, 59-54, with 8:37 to play. However, that’s when FGCU commenced its comeback, started by a Nate Hicks (Panama City Beach, Fla./J.R. Arnold HS/Georgia Tech) tip-in. That keyed a quick 6-0 spurt by the Eagles as Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) and Thompson followed with buckets to put the Green and Blue back up one, 60-59.
The teams went back and forth for the next few minutes before Comer checked back in at the 6:49 mark. With Comer back on the court, FGCU went on a game-changing 11-1 run in a two-minute stretch to claim a 71-62 edge with 4:42 to play and never looked back.
FGCU leads the A-Sun in home attendance at 4,180 per game – 40 percent more than the next closest team (ETSU, 2,499). In its six A-Sun games, FGCU is averaging 4,356 fans per game – 31 percent more than the 2,982 Mercer is averaging over five games. Finally, in just 11 home games this year (45,982), FGCU has already surpassed its entire home attendance total from last year when it hosted 16 games (36,648).
FGCU heads on the road for its second-to-last roadtrip of the regular season when it travels to Tennessee and South Carolina next week. The Eagles will face off against ETSU on Thursday, Feb. 13, before concluding the trip at USC Upstate on Saturday, Feb. 15.
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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