Florida Gulf Coast
(19-9, 11-4 A-Sun)
(10-15, 5-9 A-Sun)
2/16/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1754
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FGCU (19-8, 11-3 A-Sun) at Lipscomb (9-15, 4-9 A-Sun)
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 7:30 P.M. EST
City: Nashville, Tenn.
Site: Allen Arena (5,028)
Talent: Rudy Kalis (P-B-P) & Justin Seamon (Analyst)
Live Audio: www.LIPSCOMBSPORTS.com
Live Stats: www.LIPSCOMBSPORTS.com
Current Streak: W7
Last 5: 5-0
Last 10: 8-2
On The Road/A-Sun/Streak: 6-7/5-2/W3
Vs. Lipscomb/Away/Streak: 3-7/1-4/L1
Last Meeting: Lipscomb 87, FGCU 78 - OT - January 17, 2013 - Fort Myers, Fla.
AT A GLANCE
Riding a program Division I record seven-game win streak that includes three straight on the road, first place FGCU caps its two-game road trip at Lipscomb on Saturday on ESPN3 at 7:30 EST. Sitting at 19-8 overall and one win shy of their first-ever D1 20-win season, the Eagles have limited their last three opponents to 48.3 points per game and haven’t given up more than 30 points in a half over that span. FGCU (11-3) sits a half-game ahead of Mercer (10-3) for first place in the A-Sun standings and is 5-2 on the road in league action.
Head Coach: Andy Enfield (Johns Hopkins ‘91)
Record at FGCU: 34-25 (2nd Season)
Career Record: Same
A-Sun Record: 19-13 (2nd Season)
Head Coach: Scott Sanderson (South Carolina ‘84)
Record at Lipscomb: 217-194 (14th Season)
Career Record: 303-221 (17th Season)
A-Sun Record: 100-84 (10th Season)
STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#0 Brett Comer (G)
• A-Sun leader and 15th in the nation in assists per game (6.3)
• Second in the A-Sun in steals (1.6).
• A-Sun active leader with eight double figure assist games.
#2 Bernard Thompson (G)
• Tied for fourth in the nation total steals (74) & 9th per (2.74).
• Ranks 10th in the A-Sun in scoring (13.6).
• All four 20-point games this season have come on the road.
#25 Sherwood Brown (G)
• Averaging 19.0 points during seven-game win streak.
• First player in FGCU history with 1000 points and 500 rebounds.
• Three-time A-Sun Player of the Week.
#20 Chase Fieler (F)
• Team leader with 45 dunks out of 123 made field goals.
• Averaging career-bests of 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.
• Reached double figures in 11 of 14 A-Sun games.
#12 Eric McKnight (F)
• Second in the A-Sun in total blocks (36) and second per (1.3).
• Reached double figures in eight games.
• Second on the team with 28 dunks.
@FGCU_MBB FAST BREAK FACTS
• Currently in sole possession of first place in the A-Sun (11-3).
• Clinched an A-Sun Tournament berth with its win over ETSU.
• A-Sun leader with 19 wins; a program D1 record.
• A-Sun leader in scoring (73.4), scoring margin (+6.7), field goal percentage (.465), three-point percentage (.345), steals (8.9) and three-point def. (.306).
• Riding a program D1-best seven-game win streak in which its out-scored its opponents by 17.6 points per night.
• Seven-game win streak is the 10th longest streak in the nation.
• Have trailed for a total of 23:55 over 280 minutes of game action during seven-game win streak.
• Last three opponents are averaging 48.3 points per game.
• Haven’t allowed more than 30 points in six straight halves.
• Haven’t trialed in nine games on the year.
• Scored 70+ points in 11 of the last 13 games.
• Held a double figure lead in 12 of 14 A-Sun contests.
• A perfect 10-0 when holding opponents under 60 points and 8-0 when shooting 50 percent or better.
• As a team, FGCU has 111 dunks on the season.
• 13-1 at Alico Arena this season; started the season with a program record D1 record nine straight victories.
• Tabbed as the No. 14 seed in the West Region by Joe Lunardi in ESPN’S Bracketology released on Tuesday.
• 34 wins under head coach ANDY ENFIELD in the last two seasons compared to 39 in the previous four campaigns.
SUNSHINE STATE SUCCESS
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (19-8) trail only No. 7 Florida (20-3) and No. 3 Miami (20-3) for the most wins. FGCU is 7-0 against Division I teams from Florida, including one of Miami’s three losses.
(Records through Feb. 14)
Nine schools: 13 wins or fewer
FGCU’s current seven-game win streak is its longest since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08. Over the seven-game win streak, FGCU is averaging 77.1 points, out-scoring its opponents by 17.6 points and shooting 48.5 percent. Out of 280 minutes of game action, the Eagles have trailed for just 23:55, leading from start to finish in three of the contests, and haven’t been down by more than two possessions in any of the games. Four players are averaging double figures, led by senior SHERWOOD BROWN’S 19.0 ppg followed by three players at 10.6 ppg or better.
NO SOUP FOR YOU
The Eagles have won the last three games on the defensive end, holding all three opponents to less than 53 points, including back-to-back games of less than 50 for the first time in the program’s D1 history. Over the last three games, the Eagles are giving up 48.3 points per game, while opponents are shooting 32 percent (53-167), including 14-of-61 from three. Even more impressive, all three opponents have been held to 30 points or less in all six halves.
Breakdown of FGCU’s individual dunk leaders ... the Eagles have 111 dunks.
45 - Chase Fieler
28 - Eric McKnight
14 - Eddie Murray
10 - Sherwood Brown
7 - Bernard Thompson
6 - Leonard Livingston
1 - Brett Comer
Currently ninth in the A-Sun standings at 4-9, Lipscomb has dropped four of its last five heading into Saturday’s tilt. The Bisons are 6-5 at Allen Arena this season and were the last team to beat FGCU on Jan. 17 behind 29 points from senior Deonte Alexander, highlighted by 27 in the second and overtime. The 29-point night jump-started a string of eight games in which Alexander has hit the 20-point plateau five times to bring his season average up to 13.3 per night. Lipscomb combines Alexander’s outside game with the inside presence of A-Sun Freshman of the Year candidate Stephen Hurt, who is a big part of the Bisons’ +2.5 rebound margin on the glass. Hurt is second among all A-Sun freshmen with 11.6 points per game and is third in the league in rebounding (7.8). Lipscomb’s 69.3 points per game is spread out evenly, as four players’ average double figures.
ALL-TIME AGAINST LIPSCOMB
Two of the last three meetings in the series have gone into overtime, as Lipscomb took the latest installment on Jan. 17th at Alico Arena by a 87-78 margin. Prior to the Bisons’ win this season, FGCU had won two straight, including last year’s 84-80 overtime victory in Nashville, which was its first victory in four tries in the Music City. Over the last two seasons under head coach ANDY ENFIELD, FGCU is 2-1 against Lipscomb and is averaging 83.7 points per game.
MAKING HIS CASE
Senior SHERWOOD BROWN is putting together league MVP-type numbers while helping FGCU vault into first place.
• Averaging 19.0 points and 7.1 rebounds during win streak.
• Reached double figures in a team-best 23 contests, including seven 20-point outings.
• Scored 20 points in five of the last eight games.
• One of three players in the A-Sun in the top 10 in scoring (15.6/6th) and rebounding (6.2/8th).
• First player in program history and fourth current A-Sun player to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
• First FGCU player to record four consecutive double-doubles.
• Averaging 15.9 points on the road and has reached double-digits in 18 of last 19 true road games.
• FGCU is 10-3 when Brown leads in scoring.
• MVP of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament hosted by FGCU.
• Only player to win the A-Sun Player of the Week honor more than once - has done so three times.
• Four-time College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week.
IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF
Thanks to his last two seasons under head coach ANDY ENFIELD, senior SHERWOOD BROWN has become the first player in program history to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. There are three other active players in the A-Sun who have accomplished the feat: Torrey Craig (USC Upstate), Markeith Cummings (Kennesaw State) and Andy Diaz (UNF). He is currently second all-time in both points and rebounds, sitting 55 short of Adam Liddell’s record of 570.
FGCU leads the A-Sun in five statistical categories: scoring offense (73.4), scoring margin (+6.7), field goal percentage (.465), three-point percentage (.345), three-point defense (.306) and steals (9.1). Sophomore BRETT COMER leads the league in assists (6.3), while classmate BERNARD THOMPSON is tops in steals (2.74).
The fifth-highest scoring tandem in the A-Sun, senior SHERWOOD BROWN and sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON take their game up to another level on the road.
• Account for 44.8 percent (423 of 943) of the team’s scoring on the road, leading the team in points in eight of 13 contests.
• Both players have reached double figures in 11 of 13 road games, while six of their combined 10 20-point games are on the road.
• Combining for 32.5 points per game away from home and shooting 48.7 percent (151-310) from the floor.
• Scoring 18.3 points in the second half, highlighted by nine double figure efforts (Thompson-5, Brown-4) in the final 20 minutes.
• Brown has reached double figures in 18 of his last 19 road games dating back to 2011-12, while Thompson has done so in 23 of 29 career road contests.
• Thompson’s top five scoring performances have been on the road this season.
FGCU swept the weekly A-Sun awards handed out on Tuesday, as senior SHERWOOD BROWN earned his third Player of the Week honor and redshirt sophomore ERIC MCKNIGHT took home his third Newcomer of the Week accolade. It marked the second time this season that the Green and Blue have swept the awards, as BERNARD THOMPSON and McKnight did so on Nov. 20th. No other A-Sun player has been named Player of the Week more than once, while Brown has taken the honor three times.
Senior SHERWOOD BROWN became the first player in program’s 11-year history to post four consecutive double-doubles from Jan. 10-19. Playing four A-Sun games at USC Upstate, at ETSU, vs. Lipscomb and vs. Northern Kentucky, Brown averaged 20.0 points and 10.5 rebounds over that span.
Sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON has already surpassed his steal total from last year, while his 74 steals are just four off the program record and 30 more than teammate BRETT COMER who is second in the A-Sun.
• Tied for fourth in the nation in total steals with 74.
• Leads the A-Sun and ranks ninth in the nation in steals per game (2.74).
• 74 steals are tied for the 22nd-most in A-Sun history.
• Career-high six steals vs. Stetson bested his five at then-No. 9 Duke, vs. Toledo, vs. Loyola-MD and vs. USC Upstate this season.
• Has four or more steals nine times this year.
• Has a steal in 54 of 59 career games, including 40 multi-steal performances.
• Reached 100 career steals in 46th game at Kennesaw State.
• His 74 steals have led directly to 98 FGCU points (3.6 per game), including 38 of his own.
STEALIN THE SHOW
Armed with length and athleticism - traits important to head coach ANDY ENFIELD’S defensive scheme - FGCU leads the A-Sun and ranks 20th in the nation at 8.9 steals per contest.
• The Eagles have posted double-digit steals in 12 games this season, going 10-2 in those outings winning five in a row.
• Led by sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON’S 74 steals that are fourth-most in the country, three FGCU players rank in the top 5 in the A-Sun in thefts per game.
• In 59 games under Enfield, FGCU has eclipsed 500 steals with 507.
THE GREAT CHASE
Forward CHASE FIELER has elevated his game in each of his three seasons and is having a breakout junior campaign. Fieler is posting career-high numbers across the board, ranking in the top three on the squad in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
• Team leader with 45 dunks out 123 made field goals.
• Has led the team in scoring nine times after leading the team in points just two times over his first two seasons.
• Third on the team in scoring (11.9) and second in rebounding (5.3) - figures that rank 17th and 14th in the A-Sun, respectively.
• Reached double figures 19 times after doing so just 15 times during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
• Scored in double figures in 11 of 14 A-Sun games.
• Third in the A-Sun in blocks at 1.3 per game.
• Team leader with 57 offensive rebounds.
• Named to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament team.
• Named the College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week on Dec. 17.
• Turned in the No. 3 highlight on the Jan. 25th Sports Center Top 10 Plays with a put-back dunk against Stetson.
After leading the A-Sun and finishing second among freshmen nationally in assists per game in 2011-12, sophomore BRETT COMER is out to defend his league assist crown.
• Tops in the A-Sun and 15th in the nation in assists (6.3).
• One of two A-Sun players (Will Wilson - UNF) this season with at least four games of 10 or more assists.
• Ranks fourth in the A-Sun in assist/turnover ratio (+1.8).
• Second all-time in FGCU history with 349 assists.
• Second in the A-Sun in steals per game (1.6).
• Scored in double figures 10 times.
• Has an assist on 44 of the team’s 111 dunks.
• Finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio in 16 of the last 18 contests.
Seven different players registered a block in FGCU’s 67-43 win over ETSU, helping the club set a program record with 13 blocks. The 13 blocks vaulted FGCU into second in the A-Sun (3.9), as it also leads the league in steals (8.9). Sophomore ERIC MCKNIGHT and junior CHASE FIELER rank second and third, respectively, in the A-Sun while their combined 70 blocks are more than five A-Sun teams.
A CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-American a year ago, sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON has a quartet of 20-point games on the road this season and was named the A-Sun Player of the Week on November 20.
• Tied for fourth in the nation with 74 steals.
• 10th in the A-Sun in scoring (13.6).
• Has led the team in scoring five times and rebounding in six games.
• Has four 20-point road games.
• Second on the team lead with 21 double figure outings.
• Averaging 16.6 points per game in 13 road games with 24 points at No. 9 Duke, 21 points at VCU, 21 points at Samford and 20 points at St. John’s.
• Scored double figures in the second half six times, including 15 points at No. 9 Duke, and three times in the first half.