FGCU men’s basketball gears up for Northern Kentucky at the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Three games in the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena in nearby Estero, Fla. await the FGCU men’s basketball team this week, beginning with a tip Monday at 7:30 p.m. against Northern Kentucky. All games in the Gulf Coast Showcase are available via webcast on FloHoops.com. Monday’s decision will determine the Eagles’ next opponent.

The FGCU-Northern Kentucky match winner will meet the winner of Drexel vs. UT-Arlington in the Gulf Coast Showcase semi-finals Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Teams that do not advance to the finals will enter the consolation round for fifth place on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Now a Horizon League contender, Northern Kentucky is up 2-1 this season after a 64-51 home win over Cincinnati on Nov. 16. The Northmen defeated UC-Clermont 89-49 on Nov. 12, losing to Kent State at 79-57 on Nov. 7. Marques Warrick leads NKU with 18 points per game.

FGCU has dominated Northern Kentucky throughout history, winning against the Norse 6-0 all-time. The teams played home and away series for three years from 2013 to 2015 when Northern Kentucky was an ASUN member. The Green-Blues scored their biggest win against the Northerners on March 1, 2014 – 92-72.

FGCU competed in the Gulf Coast Showcases in 2014 and 2018, winning 2-1 against Marist and San Francisco in 2014 before losing to Green Bay in the finals. The Eagles went 0-3 in 2018, losing to Colorado State, Toledo and UTSA.

Junior forward Zach Anderson (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS) is level with Junior Guard Track Johnston (Boca Raton, Fla./Westminster Academy/Stetson) for the team lead in the rating with 13.5 points per game. Senior Guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Indiana/Zionsville HS/Purdue) is just behind with 11.5 points per game. Anderson leads all FGCU rebounders with 7.5 boards per outing and graduate guard Kaleb Catto (Cape Coral, Florida/Southwest Florida Christian Academy) gave out 15 assists as the team’s best.

Johnston was voted ASUN’s First Player of the Week of the Season for his performance in the first three games of FGCU. He averaged 18 points for the Eagles against USC, San Diego and Ave Maria and led the team with 20 points in the 74-61 season-opening win at USC. Johnston collected 23 points and finished with five triples in San Diego. Johnston ended the week with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals against Ave Maria with a win in the team’s home opener.

Last Wednesday night, the Eagles found themselves on the short side of an 81-50 road decision at No. 17 Tennessee and the suffocating defense of the Vols. Anderson led the Green & Blue by 11 points against the Vols, who held FGCU on 30.4 percent (14 of 46) shots from the field and 5 of 24 successful 3-point attempts (20.8 percent).

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COACHING CHAMBERS
Pat Chambers was officially unveiled as the fifth FGCU men’s basketball head coach in March 2022 and brings a wealth of college basketball experience highlighted by his stints as head coaches at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers led the Penn State program for nine years (2011-20) and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 192 career wins in that span, including four 20-plus seasons. Part of his head coaching career was highlighted by guiding the Nittany Lions to 9th place nationally in 2019-20, which equaled the program’s highest ranking in 1996. Before becoming head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova team, helping the Wildcats to a Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.

#FEEDFGCU

FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April benefiting the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ preferred charities. For more information, including how you can contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to raise awareness.

ABOUT FGCU
FGCU teams have won an incredible 93 conference season and tournament titles in just over 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, the Eagles have contested a total of 46 teams or individuals in NCAA championships in just over 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility. In 2022, the men’s golf team was the first program to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports — including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as four of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Green & Blue achieved a division-best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 26 consecutive semesters. In the past six semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022), another milestone was reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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