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ESTERO, Fla. — The FGCU men’s basketball team has qualified for the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase Championship Game where they meet Kansas City for the title on Wednesday night. The tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Hertz Arena and the game is available on FloHoops.
FGCU (4-2) beat Drexel 67-59 on Tuesday night, showing attitude and effort on back-to-back nights to claim a spot in the final game. The Green & Blue kept Drexel just 35% shooting from the floor while connecting at 45.9% from the field. FGCU took advantage of their inside scoring opportunities with a 32-20 point margin in the paint and doubled the offensive output from the Dragons bench 20-9.
Kansas City crushed Indiana State 63-61 in Tuesday’s first semifinal. The two teams have only met once before, with the Roos picking up a rare 73-69 win at the Alico Arena on November 26, 2008.
senior guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Indiana/Zionsville HS/Purdue) shone against Drexel, scoring a career-high 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Junior guard Chase Johnson (Boca Raton, Florida/Westminster Academy/Stetson) lost 18 points to the Dragons, and sophomore center Andre Weir (Hollywood, FL/Chaminade-Madonna College Prep/Richmond) matched his career high in rebounds (11) for a game-high and scored nine points.
Kansas City is led by Shemarri Allen, who is scoring 16.7 points and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. Allen played all but one minute of the game, scoring a game-high 22 points in 39 minutes against Indiana State.
FGCU is looking to even its record in Gulf Coast Showcase appearances after improving to 3-4 with two wins so far in this year’s edition of the event.
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Tickets for the 2022-23 FGCU Basketball season are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.FGCUTickets.com or by calling 866-FGCU-TIX. Group tickets can also be purchased for 10 or more – making a memorable evening for families, businesses or other organizations.
IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our new goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as the department’s needs for facility expansion and improvements as well as mentorship and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and pledge your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!
Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the FGCU’s fifth men’s basketball head coach in March 2022, bringing a wealth of college basketball experience highlighted by head coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years as head of the Penn State program (2011-20) and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 194 career wins over that span, including four 20+ seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to 9th place nationally in 2019-20, which tied the program’s best ranking set in 1996. Prior to becoming a head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff helping the Wildcats to a Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU’s Charities of Choice Athletics. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.
ABOUT THE FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 93 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just over 11 seasons of playoff eligibility DI, the Eagles have had a total of 46 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues posted the department’s best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 in-class GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. Over the past six semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022), another milestone has been reached, with all 15 programs achieving a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.