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FGCU claims spot in Wednesday’s Gulf Coast Showcase Title Game against Kansas City ” Kansas

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ESTERO, Fla. — The FGCU men’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase, where they will face Kansas City for the title Wednesday night. Tip-Off is scheduled for 7:30pm ET at Hertz Arena and the game is available on FloHoops.


FGCU (4-2) defeated Drexel 67-59 on Tuesday night, showing attitude and effort on back-to-back nights to earn a finals berth. The Green-Blues held Drexel on just 35 percent of shots from the ground while hitting 45.9 percent from the field. FGCU capitalized on its inside goal chances with a 32-20 point lead in the suit, doubling the Dragons bench’s offensive production at 20-9.


Kansas City defeated Indiana State 63-61 in Tuesday’s early semifinals. The two teams have only met once before, with the Roos claiming a rare win on November 26, 2008 at Alico Arena by a score of 73-69.


Senior Guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Indiana/Zionsville HS/Purdue) shone against Drexel to post a career-high 27 points in 10-of-21 shooting. junior guard Track Johnston (Boca Raton, Fla./Westminster Academy/Stetson) dropped 18 points against the Dragons and the Center as a sophomore Andre Weir (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna College Prep/Richmond) tied his career in rebounds (11) for the game’s best total and scored nine points.


Kansas City is led by Shemarri Allen, who has 16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Allen played to within a minute of the game with a game-high 22 points in 39 minutes against Indiana State.


FGCU is looking to level its record for 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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CUSTOM TICKETS, MINI PLANS AVAILABLE
Tickets for the 2022-23 FGCU basketball season are available 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 – an unforgettable evening for families, companies or other organizations.


EAGLE CAMPAIGN
IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our latest goal – a $10 million campaign to address student and athlete needs for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, and strength and conditioning, and departmental needs in expanding and improving facilities Mentoring and leadership training for trainers and staff. The name embodies our mission and purpose of the EAGLE campaign – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence. Join our team and pledge your gift today to help the eagles of tomorrow!


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 194 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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