FGCU men’s basketball wins 2022 Gulf Coast with dominant 73-59 performance over Kansas City – Update Kansas

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ESTERO, Fla. – Three days. Three wins. One trophy for the Alico Arena trophy case to start Pat Chambers era at FGCU.


FGCU men’s basketball team (5-2) gets double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds from junior forward Zach Anderson (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS) and 14 from the higher guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville HS/Purdue) in a 73-59 victory over Kansas City (3-5) on Wednesday night in the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase championship game at Alico Arena.


Thompson, who averaged 17.0 points per game, including a career-high 27 in the semifinals, was named the Gulf Coast Showcase Most Valuable Player. Anderson was named to the GCS All-Tournament Team along with East Carolina’s Jevon Small, Indiana State’s Xavier Bledson and Kansas City’s RayQuawndis Mitchell, who scored 29 points in the Finals.


Four Eagles scored in double figures with the senior guard Dahmir Bishop (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter/Xavier/St. Josefova) joins Anderson and Thompson with 12 points and the junior guard Chase Johnston (Boca Raton, Fla./Westminster Academy/Stetson) with 10. Redshirt 2nd Wed Andre Weir (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna College Prep/Richmond) tied his career high with a team-best 11 rebounds for the third straight night.


“I’m proud of these guys,” said the FGCU head basketball coach Pat Chambers. “It’s not easy with a new coach and some new players. We came in and they just wanted to please me, please our team and get better. That’s what we’re seeing. We won those games in July with our strength program and personnel.” From June and throughout the summer, I said “back to back” – prepare for it, have the mental toughness for it. We just went out and proved that it was. ”


FGCU’s defense has been stingy all season, holding opponents to 61 or fewer points in all five wins. That trend paid off early Wednesday night, with the Eagles holding the Roos to 23 first-half points and just nine field goals. The Eagles turned 11 Kansas City mistakes into 19 points and committed just three turnovers themselves.


On the offensive end, FGCU fired early. Anderson drained a 22-foot-3 just 15 seconds into the game, and Johnston added two more in FGCU’s 11-0 run that made it 18-7. That early lead allowed the Green & Blue to absorb 6-0 Kansas City. Consecutive cutting layups by the senior forward Dakota Rivers (Windermere, FL/Windermere HS) and graduate guard Caleb Catto (Cape Coral, Florida/Southwest Florida Christian Academy) restored their 11-point lead with 4:16 left in the half. The Eagles led by as many as 15 points late in the first half and took a 36-23 lead into halftime.


The Eagles extended their lead to 18 before their Kansas City threes cut the deficit to nine at the 11:00 mark of the second half. Rivers answered with a trey from the wing, Anderson put back an offensive rebound and Bishop turned a steal into a slam to make it 63-48.


The Thanksgiving week march to the GCS title marked the second season the Eagles won games on three consecutive days. FGCU won its post-Thanksgiving tournament with a 3-0 record at the Hilton Garden FGCU Invitational – defeating Western Michigan (77-67), Southeastern Louisiana (90-71) and Purdue Fort Wayne (85-78).


FGCU advanced to the 2022 championship game with wins over Northern Kentucky, 82-61, on Monday and Drexel, 67-59, on Tuesday. Kansas City won over Toledo 83-71 and Indiana State 63-61.


FGCU will enjoy a week off from competition and return to action at Georgia Southern on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Statesboro, Georgia. The 7:30 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast on ESPN+. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s basketball, follow the Eagles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FGCU_MBB and online at www.FGCUAthletics.com. You can also sign up to receive news about FGCU men’s basketball and other programs directly to your inbox at www.fgcuathletics.com/email.


INDIVIDUAL TICKETS, MINI PLANS AVAILABLE
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 people – making for an unforgettable evening for families, businesses or other organisations.


EAGLE CAMPAIGN
To achieve our newest goal, IT TAKES IT, a $10 million campaign to address the needs of students and athletes in the areas of sustained academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as the department’s needs for facility expansion and improvement and also mentoring and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and purpose of the EAGLE campaign – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence. Join our team and pledge your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!


TRAINING CHAMBERS
Pat Chambers was officially introduced as FGCU’s fifth head men’s basketball coach in March 2022, bringing a wealth of college basketball experience highlighted by coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State program (2011-20) and two years as the head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 195 career wins in that span, including four 20+ win seasons. Part of his head coaching career was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20, tying the program’s all-time best finish in 1996. Prior to becoming head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova helping the Wildcats to the Final Four (2009), two Elite Eights and three Sweet Sixteens during his tenure.


#FEEDFGCU
FGCU Athletics is sponsoring events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics charities. For more information, including how to donate, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to raise awareness.


About FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win a whopping 93 regular season and tournament conference titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 46 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned top-25 national rankings 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 of football (2018) as the four most recent. In 2016-17, the Green & Blue placed a department-best sixth in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and ranked in the top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN top-seven team and Florida State earn the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester, outperforming the university’s general undergraduate population for 26 consecutive semesters. Another milestone was reached over the past six semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being honored as one of two finalists in NACDA’s inaugural Fiesta Bowl Community Service Award.


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