@ FG C U _ M B B Infographic Game Notes
TALE OF THE TAPE 68.5 67.3 36.0 12.8 12.4 4.5
71.2 65.3 34.9 12.7 14.1 9.3
POINTS PER GAME SCORING DEFENSE REBOUNDS PER GAME ASSISTS PER GAME TURNOVERS PER GAME STEALS PER GAME
FGCU is coming off a 68-66 double-overtime loss at USF, which has been talked about nationally for the past two days because of the manner in which it ended. The game concluded on a full-court heave by Jamail Jones and basket by Chase Fieler with .3 seconds remaining, but officials ruled that Fieler’s shot was not a tip-in. With a 7-3 defender guarding Jones on the in-bounds play, the Marquette transfer heaved a pass nearly 100 feet with his right hand perfectly onto a cutting Fieler along the baseline. FGCU’s lone senior leapt in the air, turned his body to face the basket, received the ball and tossed up an effort which hit the side of the rim and bounced through the net.
• Mississippi State is coming off a 78-65 win at home Tuesday against Florida A&M as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. • This is the first-ever meeting between FGCU and Mississippi State. FGCU is 0-1 all-time against the SEC, losing last year’s game in the Sweet Sixteen to Florida. • MSU is 1-0 this year against the Atlantic Sun Conference, having beaten Kennesaw State, 78-55.
Officials immediately ruled the basket no good, but then looked at the replay to see if – in their judgment – Fieler had caught the ball and then shot it, something not allowed with .3 seconds or less remaining. Using the replay, officials upheld their original call. Fieler’s shot left his fingertips before the light on the backboard came on; however, NCAA rules dictate that a player cannot catch and shoot a ball with .3 seconds or less on the clock – it can only be a tip-in. If the clock had .4 on it, Fieler’s shot would have counted, forcing what would have been FGCU’s second triple-overtime game in history. YOUTUBE SEARCH: FGCU Men’s Basketball Final Play vs. USF
LAS VEGAS CLASSIC
The game against Mississippi State is the second of the Con• Both of the Bulldogs losses this year have been by double tinental Tire Las Vegas Classic, digits – at Utah State and home against TCU. an eight-team invitational that • MSU leads the SEC and began the week ranked 21st in the will conclude in Las Vegas on nation in steals per game at 9.3. Sunday and Monday. FGCU will play Florida A&M on Sunday and either Radford or Sacred • The Bulldogs entered the week ranked 331 out of 345 teams Heart on Monday in Orleans Arena. in the country in free-throw percentage at 63.5. • MSU doesn’t take a lot nor make a lot of 3-pointers as it ranks 326th in the nation in total 3-pointers made (41), and 319th in the country in 3-pointers attempted (138).
The Eagles have been without redshirt junior Eric McKnight all year as the Iowa State transfer remains suspended for at least the next two games for a violation of team rules. True freshman Logan Hovey (Orlando, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty HS) has not played all year, but continues to rehab following surgery to help with a leg injury.
• Current teammates Craig Sword and Roquez Johnson were teammates at Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala., where they won a state championship together. Now, the two are in the top-4 at MSU in scoring as Sword is averaging 15.3 points and Johnson 9.2. Second is Gavin Ware at 10.8 and Colin Borchert chips in with 9.3 an outing.
64 % Scoring Returning
64 % Rebounding Returning
84 % ASSISTS Returning
4 of FGCU’s 5 top scorers from last year are back, led by 14.3 per game from Bernard Thompson.
4 of FGCU’s 5 top rebounders from last year are also back, led by 5.4 per game from Chase Fieler.
Brett Comer accounted for 46 percent of all FGCU assists last year (244) to lead the A-Sun for the second-straight year.
*Does not include team/deadball.
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Against Ave Maria on Nov. 23, FGCU set an Alico Arena attendance record with a sellout, standing-room only crowd of 4,633. That number surpassed last year’s record of 4,552 in the season opener against Miami. FGCU had 4,000 or more spectators in three straight games for the first time in program history, with three of the four largest crowds ever already occurring in the first three home games of the season. # Du n k C it y