Men’s Basketball

Thompson Tames Bobcats, Shatters Records Along the Way

By Cameron Kaiser

FGCU v Ohio 11/19/2014

Photo Credit Linwood Ferguson

FGCU’s 79-62 victory over the Ohio Bobcats featured many strong performances from a multitude of players, but no one stood out more than the Atlantic Sun’s Preseason Player of the Year, Bernard Thompson.

 Thompson put on a show in front of the sold-out crowd at Alico Arena. Thompson, who struggled to find his footing in the first two games, went off for 34 points in what proved to be a rout over another mid major that’s been to the Sweet Sixteen recently.

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Attendance Ascension

By Michael Tolvo


FGCU v Mercer ASun Final 03/09/2014

FGCU men’s basketball’s run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 drew national attention. In 2014, the squad known across the country as Dunk City is ecstatic with the attention garnered locally. For years, the Green and Blue’s men’s team was often out-drawn by the women’s team also occupying Alico Arena. Those days are in the past.

While the women’s team still dominates the Atlantic Sun Conference, they now share the attention of the community and students with their male counterparts.

In 2011-12, the men welcomed 24,845 fans to the confines of Alico Arena. The next season, 36,648 fans filed in to watchSherwood Brown and company as they launched the program to new heights. This past season, a mind-boggling 73,780 fans cheered on the Eagles in just 17 games. That total exceeds the entire home attendance of the previous two years combined by more than 12,000!

You can add attendance to the numerous categories FGCU led in the A-Sun. With an average attendance of 4,340, the Eagles absolutely rocketed past every other team in the conference.

The next closest A-Sun team in home attendance? ETSU at 2,550. A difference of nearly 2,000 fans.

Proof that student and community attendance would be elevated to a new stratosphere came in the home opener against Hartford. As part of ESPN’s 24 hours of basketball, the Eagles took on the Hawks in a 7 a.m. weekday tilt that was aired on ESPN2. Students showed their support and school spirit by tailgating the twilight event and packing The Nest. Afterwards, many students headed straight to their Tuesday classes in full-on Green and Blue attire.

FGCU coach Joe Dooley has recognized the outstanding support his crew receives on a nightly basis. “The student section has been absolutely tremendous,” said Dooley, who just completed his first year at the helm after serving 10 years as the top assistant at Kansas. “The area has really come to support the university. They’ve done a great job getting behind our school and been very supportive of our team and our program.”

Not only did FGCU make headlines in the A-Sun, but the Eagles’ faithful are also being recognized nationally. The Green and Blue is one of merely five teams to increase their home attendance average by more than 2,000 from 2012-13 to 2013-14. Among the other names on the list include powerhouse programs such as Syracuse, Virginia and Nebraska (read the full story at http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/big-ten-breaks-own-record-men%E2%80%99s-basketball-attendance?division=d1).

Nebraska 5067
Syracuse 3813
Virginia 2281
SMU 2210
FGCU 2050

This upcoming season, the Eagles are poised to make a return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. With incoming high-profile recruits and a bevy of well-rounded transfers, this year’s squad looks to be one the deepest and most talented ever. And if attendance is any indication, FGCU is heading in the right direction.

2014-15 men’s basketball season tickets are already selling quickly. Fans can renew and reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets for more information.

 

ESPN Trick Shot Challenge

070311grandeurpoolESPN.com is scouring the nation to find the best trick shot artist around! Dunk City was all over ESPN during the magical run that saw the Eagles squad become the first 15 seed ever to reach the Sweet Sixteen!  Now all of you have the chance to represent the Green and Blue and get back on ESPN!  All you have to do is create the greatest trick shot video imaginable.

Rules: Entrants will create a video — maximum of 30 seconds — showing the most impressive basketball trick shot. To ensure fair competition, video must be new and cannot be altered or edited. Artists are welcome to preface/talk about their shot however they please, so long as it fits within the 30-second restriction.

Deadline: June 15, 11:59 PM

How to submit video: Please include artist’s name and title. Acceptable file formats include .mov (preferred), .mpg or .mp4. Since video files can be too large for a typical email, you can also submit them using the following method:

Go to https://www.relayit.net

To: sam.strong@espn.com

From: your email address

Subject: Trick shot video

Click button that says “Next: Go to Step 2”

Click button that says “Choose file” and browse to your video file.

Click button that says “Send File”

* If you are shooting video with a phone, please have the phone turned horizontally (landscape, rather than portrait).

The best videos will be chosen to compete in a fan vote to determine the ultimate trick shot champions.  This is your chance to show the world what Dunk City is made of!

A Look Back at the Mayor of Dunk City

FielerBy Michael Tolvo

Chase Fieler will compete at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 9 p.m. (ET) tonight, Thursday, April 3.  The annual event that showcases some of the best student-athletes in college basketball is being hosted at SMU’s Moody Coliseum.  While the senior known around Fort Myers as the Golden Boy will be representing his fellow Eagles and all of Dunk City later tonight, let’s take a look back at some of the FGCU record holder’s most memorable slams.
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FGCU Leads All-Sports Race Heading Into Spring

Courtesy of Atlanticsun.org

Contributions by Michael Tolvo

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Regular season championships in men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball have Florida Gulf Coast University in the lead for the 2013-14 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports championship.

The Eagles are looking for their second straight Bill Bibb Trophy, which is awarded to the combined all sports champion. FGCU currently has recorded 164 points out of a possible 207 (.792). With its four team titles, FGCU tallied 75.5 men’s points and 88.5 women’s points to emerge as the leader with the conference’s spring sports remaining.
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From Coast to Claws

By Michael Tolvo

Athletics

On the heels of carrying his dunk-happy team to the Sweet Sixteen and playing the most inspired basketball of his life, Sherwood Brown was flying high, to say the least.  A feature on the front page of ESPN and shaking hands with NBA legend Reggie Miller were a few of the perks that went along with being the face of the first-ever 15 seed to win multiple NCAA Tournament

The magical run for the newly-minted Dunk City squad led by the high-lobbing Brett Comer, thunderous-slamming Chase Fieler, and cold-blooded Sherwood Brown didn’t end completely after a heartbreaking loss to upstate rival University of Florida.  Brown and Co. were invited to walk the red carpet at the ESPY’s in Los Angeles en route to winning the award for “Best Upset.”
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Tip or Not to Tip

By Michael Tolvo

The notorious FGCU tip play has already made the rounds on the sports circuit.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it on ESPN, here it is:

Jamail Jones channeled his inner quarterback as he heaved the ball to the far baseline left of the hoop.  Chase Fieler, the lone senior on the current squad, caught the full-court bomb and released it in one fluid motion.  The sideline erupted as the seemingly impossible shot fell through the net.
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