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Fort Myers, Florida – The FGCU men’s basketball team (13-4, 3-1 ASUN) wrapped up an enthusiastic four-game week on Saturday night with perhaps their best result of the entire season. North Florida 82-57 at the Ariko Arena. A 13-4 start to the 2022-23 season is Green & Blue’s best in Division 1 history.
sophomore center Andre Weir (Hollywood, FL/Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory/Richmond) recorded his first career double-double. He dropped his game-high 18 points and scored his career-high 15 rebounds. Weir’s rebounds in his nine offenses were two more than any player in Florida for the North.
The win was FGCU’s 12th With the home straight from last season, The Nest has won six in a row in the 2022-23 season. North Florida (7-9, 2-2) has slipped to 1-9 away this season, and Ariko is now 5-13 in his FGCU matches at his arena.
senior guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Indiana/Zionsville HS/Purdue) finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.senior guard Cyrus Largie (Miramar/Marter Lakes Academy, Florida) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in his first start of the season and was a junior guard. Chase Johnston (Boca Raton, FL/Westminster Academy/Stetson) added 11 points off the bench.
“I am very proud Andre WeirI took him out of the starting lineup for a bit, but he responded really well and played as hard as he could, so I brought him back – this is his reaction,” said the FGCU men’s basketball head coach. said. Pat Chambers“It has to be consistent, and he understands that. He’s really grown, he’s really matured, so we need to keep him moving in this direction.”
North Florida had 12 points and 7 rebounds from senior guard/forward Carter Hendricksen. Ospreay shot 34.4 percent from the field, and he made only 7 of 29 attempts from beyond the arc. FGCU had a 50.7% shooting percentage from the field, connecting for 10-of-25 tries, and Thompson hit his 4-of-10 triples.
FGCU landed an early knockout punch against North Florida in a 23-0 blowout that spanned 6:33 of game time, with Ospreay gasping for breath on multiple possessions. Thompson hit his two triples and both Johnston and Catto added his threes on the run. And the Eagles forced the UNF to miss his 11 shots and his four turnovers on defense. When it ended, what started as a 7-6 North Florida Edge at the 15:35 mark ended with a 29-7 FGCU advantage at the 8:18 mark.
The advantage was so great that the FGCU easily absorbed North Florida’s ensuing 7-0 scoring burst, reduced it to 34-19, and responded to the 43-19 cushion with a 9-0 run of its own. bottom. A Johnston layup with six seconds left in halftime secured a 47-23 lead at halftime.Ospreay’s 23 points equals a single half-flow by an FGCU opponent this season (Kansas City also scored 23 points in the first half on November 23, 2022) ).
The FGCU opened with an 18-point comeback win over Jacksonville and suffered a slump of fatigue in the second half despite a tough week-long stretch that included Tuesday’s OT win in Central Arkansas and Thursday’s 2-point loss in Austin Pea. The Eagles were up 30 points with a Thompson triple at the 17:44 mark and a 35-point lead on a Weir layup to end the 9-0 run with 7:06.
“This was our fourth game in a week, and just getting around was tough,” Chambers said. “We had just one day to prepare for North Florida using our airport layover. I’m really proud of you for helping me play the game.”
The Eagles rebounded the Ospreays 46-28, with Green & Blue scoring 16-second chance points. FGCU also beat North Florida 48-28 in the paint.junior forward Zach Anderson (Apopka, FL/Apopka HS), the defending ASUN Player of the Week added 8 points and 4 assists to the FGCU.
FGCU heads to Bluegrass State next week for two ASUN games away from The Nest. Eastern at 7:00 p.m. Thursday he will face Kentucky, and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Green & Blue’s next home game is against Jacksonville State on January 19 at 7:00 PM.
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Pat Chambers Officially introduced as the fifth head coach of FGCU men’s basketball in March 2022, brings extensive college basketball experience highlighted by serving as head coaches at Penn State and Boston College . Chambers taught the Pennsylvania State University program where he coached for nine years (2011-20) and was head coach for two years at Boston College (2009-11). He has 203 career victories in that period, including four 20+ winning seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to his ninth-place finish in 2019-20, tying the best rankings in program history set in 1996. rice field. During his tenure, part of the Villanova staff helping the Wildcats qualify for the Final Four (2009), two Elite Eights and three Sweet Sixteens.
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Together, the FGCU team has won a staggering 94 conference regular season and tournament titles in just over 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just over 11 seasons that qualified for the DI postseason, the Eagles combined have qualified 47 teams or individuals to the NCAA Championship. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn a general slot into the NCAA Tournament. Eight of his FGCU programs earned top 25 national rankings in their respective sports. This includes women’s basketball (2021-22 and 25th in 2022-23), beach volleyball (2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018). are four. In 2016-17, Green & Blue won the DI-AAA Rearfield Directors’ Cup with a division-best 6th place finish, beating out several Power-5 and FBS agencies into the top 100 nationally. In 2018-19, the Eagles won his ASUN and Florida’s Best 7 Team received the NCAA General Recognition Award for Percentage Improvement in Academic Performance in Sports. FGCU also collectively scored a record 3.66 GPA in the classroom in the Fall 2022 semester, outperforming the general college undergraduate population for the 27th consecutive semester. The last seven semesters (Fall 2019-Fall 2022) have reached another milestone as all 15 programs achieved his cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also put in a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017, and he was recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.