FORT MYERS, Fla. With the special intro Monday night for the Dunk City 2012-13 team into the FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame, attention will be on the courthouse Tuesday night as FGCU plays 25 USC and No. Andy Enfield. The Dunk City Reunion game will feature Enfield’s first return to Alico Arena and will also mark the Top 25 team’s first visit to The Nest.
The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Mike Corey (play-by-play) and Corey Williams calling to action. It will also be available to stream through ESPN.com or the ESPN app.
This will be only the second meeting between FGCU and USC on hardwoods. The teams played in the 2019-20 campaign, where the Trojans used a late run to overtake the Eagles 71-58 after FGCU took a two-possession lead midway through the second half.
FGCU was suffering defeat at Loyola Chicago, where the Eagles cut their 18-point deficit to just four in the second half before the Ramblers left the field late. Tavian Dunn-Martin scored a career-high 34 points, the highest of any Eagle on their Green & Blue debut.
Over two games this season, the Eagles are averaging 85.5 points with 46.8 percent of the shot overall and 43.3 percent from outside the arc. Along with Dunn-Martin’s 34 points against Loyola, Matt Halvorsen 14 more points on his debut. Cyrus Largie and Franco Miller, Jr., which is also a double average of 10.5 and 10.0 points per night, respectively.
USC has four players averaging double that, led by Boogie Ellis at 15.5 points. Chevez Goodwin averaged 13.5 points, followed by Isaiah Mobley and Drew Peterson with 12.0 points a night. Trojan is scoring an average of 82.5 points per game while holding the opponent to 60.0 points per night.
The Trjoans are on a two-match road trip on the East Coast after beating Temple on Saturday night, 76-71, to coach Enfield’s 200 slot.NS winning career.
Dunn-Martin was Hot when it debuted
• Guard Tavian Dunn-Martin certainly made headlines during his FGCU debut on Saturday at Loyola Chicago. The 5-foot-8-tall keeper scored a career-high 34 points, the fourth-most scored by any player in the country in a single game.
• The effort also ranks as the sixth-highest score for an overall game in FGCU history and marks the second-highest score in the program’s Division I era. It is also considered the most points scored for a player on their Eagle debut.
• Dunn-Martin’s nine-three pointers have tied the show’s Division I era record. Early in the 2nd half, he hit three goals in a row, helping FGCU cut 18 halftime points to just four in the second half before the Ramblers were able to hold off the Eagles to win the game. Overall, he shot 55% of the game (64.3% from outside the arc) involving 11/20 scoring attempts.
Rosa, Halvorsen Also Show Range
• In a season-opening win over Florida National, Victor Rosa scored a career-high 20, rising to 5/8 from the depth.
• At Loyola Chicago, Matt Halvorsen also made his FGCU debut where he scored 14 points in three third place finishes. Now, he’s had 300 triples during his stints at Western Carolina and FGCU.
Welcome back to Dunk City
• On Tuesday night, at halftime, FGCU will honor the 2012-13 Dunk City basketball team that became the first 15th seed to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament.
• This Eagles group is considered one of the most nationally iconic shows in the history of March Madness, as FGCU has captured the country’s attention. Three games in March 2013 catapulted FGCU to celebrity status with the program even earning the ESPY for Best Performance of the Year, marking the NCAA’s victory over second seed Georgetown. FGCU ended the year with 25th place in the final USA Today Co Coach poll, and the Dunk City moniker has become a household name in the basketball world.
• On Monday night, Enfield and the entire 2012-13 men’s basketball team were officially inducted into the newly created FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame. The team was announced as part of the first class along with Ben Hill Griffin III, Dr. William “Bill” Merwin, Chris Sale, Duane Swanson, Sr., and Brooke Youngquist Sweat. The other members of the class will be formally introduced in a January ceremony.
One of ASUN’s best defenses
• Last season, FGCU led ASUN in eight team stats categories including saves per game (4.3), defensive bounces (27.33), saves per game (7, 4) and the total number of interceptions (77). The Eagles are also second in defense goal ratio (42.1) and forced-to-pass efficiency (14.44), while third in defense scoring (69 ppg).
• When Kevin Samuel expected to strengthen the FGCU’s defence with a TCU record of 206 saves in his career, making him one of the 10 most active players of his career in the NCAA this season, FGCU also Return to last season’s top shot-stopper in Dakota Rivers.
• Rivers led last year’s ASUN with 1.94 blocks per game as well as total blocks (35). He goes into 2021-22 ranking fifth in shots blocked in his career (74) and first in shots blocked in his career (1.5).
Samuel is predicted to make an impact
• Transfer TCU Kevin Samuel was selected as ASUN’s pre-season Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the league’s pre-season squad.
• The 6-foot-11, 255-pounder is the third FGCU player to win the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year award pre-season and the first since Demetris Morant to do so in 2016-17 . Bernard Thompson won the title twice, in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
• At TCU, Samuel started all 95 games of his career and set the school record for shots saved with 206 in three years. For his career, he’s averaging 8.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while leading the Big 12 in block counts twice. Of the NCAA players active at the end of the 2020-21 season, his 206 career tackles are the ninth most.
• Last season, he averaged 8.8 points, the third best on the team, over 26 games. His 7.8 rebounds ranked third in the Big 12, while his 1.7 blocks per game led the convention. His on-field scoring rate of 62.5 is also the highest in the team.
Travel through the Portal
• With the change of transfer rules and an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19, FGCU has given higher recruitment priority to this season’s roster.
• In addition to Samuel, FGCU also added Tavian Dunn-Martin (Duquesne), Matt Halvorsen (West Carolina), Carlos Rosario (McNeese State), and Austin Richie (Tulsa).
• Dunn-Martin is the sixth Player of the 2018-19 season in the Atlantic and has played 116 career games, while Halvorsen hit 297 career triples to rank 9th all-time in Southern Conference history.
• Rosario and Richie, each bringing a lot of experience at Division I level and adding depth at strikers and defenders, respectively.
Eagles get back 63% of the score from 2020-21
• Marked by returning the top two scorers in Cyrus Largie (13.4 ppg) and Caleb Catto (13.3 ppg), FGCU returns 63% of its score compared to last season.
• Among transfers, three averaged double last year: Dunn-Martin (10.2 ppg), Halvorsen (12.1 ppg) and Rosario (12.0 ppg). Samuel averaged 8.8 points last season, but had his best stats season in the 2019-20 season, where he scored 10.0 points per game with 8.4 rebounds and a Big 12 leads 2.7 blocks per game.
Individual Tickets, Small Packages Available
• Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by going online at www.FGCUTickets.com or by calling 866-FGCU-TIX. You can also purchase group tickets for 10 or more people to make for a memorable evening for families, businesses or other institutions.
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Michael Fly was inducted as head coach of the fourth FGCU men’s basketball team on April 5, 2018. He had previously served seven years as assistant coach with the Eagles. During his time with the Eagles, he helped FGCU reach a record 190-135 (0.585 win rate), including six ASUN Tournament Finals appearances, three NCAA Tournament championships, three titles ASUN Tournament and three ASUN Championships Regular Season, two berths in NIT, showing up at CIT and running to Sweet 16. He coached 13 selections of all conferences while with Green and Blue, including two ASUN Player of the Year honors in Sherwood Brown and Brandon Goodwin, two ASUN Defensive Player of the Year picks in Bernard Thompson and Demetris Morant and one ASUN Newcomer of the Year in Schadrac Casimir. Of the top 10 players in career points at FGCU, Fly has helped develop eight of them, including All-Time Top Scorer Thompson (1,835). Additionally, the Kentucky alum has coached both ASUN’s all-time support frontman Brett Comer (845; 24th in NCAA history) and FGCU’s all-time leading starter player Chase Fielder (714) .
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FGCU teams have combined to win an astounding 85 league and regular league championships in just over 13 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of post-season DI qualifying , the Eagles have had a total of 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned the top 25 national rankings in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (21st, 2020-21), beach volleyball (20th, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) are three of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue finished in the series’ best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Director’s Cup and the top 100 showings nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS organizations. In 2018-19, the Eagles had one ASUN and seven of Florida’s best teams winning the NCAA’s Recognition Award for Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also achieved a record GPA of 3.50 in the classroom during the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the overall undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. Each of the Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters saw another major milestone achieved as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0 or higher cluster GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – recognized as one of two runners-up for the NACDA Community Service Awards presented by the Fiesta Bowl.
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