Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
FGCU Athletics continues to epitomize what embodies a student-athlete as the Eagles – who won the ASUN All-Sports Championship for the third-straight year in 2016-17 – extended their outstanding performance in the classroom with an impressive near-record 3.27 cumulative GPA for the spring of 2017.
Eagle student-athletes exceeded the FGCU undergraduate semester mark (3.08) for the 16th-consecutive semester. Thirteen of the Green and Blue’s 15 teams earned term GPAs of 3.0 or higher, including 12 which reached that mark on a cumulative basis. Additionally, eight programs posted at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and six secured a mark of 3.4 or higher.
One of the preeminent mid-major teams in the nation is once again building a stalwart schedule as the FGCU men’s basketball team has added Wichita State to its already-stout 2017-18 non-conference ledger.
The Shockers and Eagles will play at WSU’s Charles Koch Arena on Friday, Dec. 22, at a time still to be announced.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source FGCU MBB
FGCU head men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley announced on Friday that Rayjon Tucker has been released from his scholarship and will not return to the team.
“After speaking with Rayjon, we are both in agreement that he needs a fresh start,” said Dooley. “We thank him for his two years with the team and wish him luck in his feature endeavors.”
A native of Charlotte, N.C., the 6-5 Tucker averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last year as a sophomore.
FGCU Men’s and Women’s Basketball conference games are in full swing and this is the best time to get individual game tickets.
Below are the links for the FGCU Men’s and Women’s Basketball Schedule. Get your tickets early and order today online at FGCUTickets.com. Tickets are going fast for the conference games and to ensure your seat, order your tickets NOW! Our next 3 home games are important on how the ASUN will shape up and a good indicator of our NCAA Tournament hopes.
We cannot get there without you and cannot wait to see you at the game, and as always… GO EAGLES!
Women’s Basketball: http://fgcuathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball
Men’s Basketball: http://fgcuathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
For the second consecutive season Fort Myers will not only host an MLS training camp but will also witness the FGCU men’s soccer program feature in a friendly match with the professional team. Alongside last month’s announcement of the Chicago Fire coming to the beach-lined FGCU campus, the Eagles and Fire will meet in a friendly Saturday Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by called the FGCU Ticket Office at 239-590-7145, or by visiting FGCUTickets.com. Admission for the event is $10 for adults and $7 for youth and military. Discounted group rates are also available and interested groups should call the ticket office for more information or to purchase at the group rate.
Last season, FGCU welcomed MLS member New York City FC to its campus for an 11-day period. To conclude the week, FGCU battled the professional side featuring international stars David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo to a 1-0 loss in front of a standing room only crowd and FGCU Soccer Complex record 3,000 fans.
The FGCU Athletics Department has named women’s basketball playerTaylor Gradinjan and men’s basketball player Demetris Morant as recipients of the FGCU Athletics Scholar-Athlete of the Month award for December.
Each month during the school year, the FGCU Athletics Communication Office and Athletic Academic staff will choose a pair of Eagles as the FGCU Athletics Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Those selected for the honor will have exhibited a combination of superior athletic and overall academic success.
By BILL LEVY
About the only suspense in the Florida Gulf CoastUniversity women’s basketball team’s 89-40 victory over Savannah State in front of 1,115 fans on Monday night at Alico Arena would be whether all active Eagles players scored. Like most things on this night, FGCU would not be denied asSydnel McCaskill’s 3-pointer late in the game ensured every player had at least one field goal. In addition, all Eagles players had at least one rebound.
FGCU (11-6), in its last non-conference game of the season, was led by Erica Nelson’s 12 points. Jessica Cattani and Nasrin Ulel each had 11. Tytionia Adderly led FGCU in rebounds with ten.
FGCU opened the game by going on a 25-10 run in the first quarter. The Eagles then outscored Savannah State (2-10) to go into halftime leading 39-21. They put the game away for good by outscoring the Tigers 13-1 to start the third quarter and go up 52-22.
By BILL LEVY
Robert Anderson has a goal. Anderson, the owner/publisher of the Lehigh Acres Gazette wants really make people in Lehigh Acres aware of Florida Gulf Coast University. (click here to see photos)
“FGCU has a large of alumni base that live in Lehigh Acres but a lot of people still don’t know that the college exists,” Anderson said. “We are one of a handful of companies in Lehigh Acres that try to enhance the marketing of the university through our paper.”
It was that attitude that led Anderson and the Lehigh Acres Gazette to develop a relationship with FGCU over the past three years. As part of his marketing plan, the paper sponsored the women’s basketball game vs. the the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga on Tuesday night at Alico Arena. It was the third year in a row the Gazette has sponsored such an event with this being their second year as the featured sponsor.
Anderson could not have picked a better game, as the crowd of 1,014, many of whom were from Lehigh Acres, saw the Eagles (6-6) jump out to an early 14-7 lead, then increasing it to 30-12 at the end of the first quarter, before cruising to a 68-55 victory over the Mocs (5-7).
In their 14-7 run to start the game, FGCU shot six for seven in field goal attempts and out-rebounded the Mocs 4-0. For the quarter, they shot 12 for 15, which gave them a sizzling 80% mark.
By BILL LEVY
FGCU men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley was not a happy man following his team’s 72-59 defeat against Georgia Southern before 3057 fans at Alico Arena on Tuesday night. The game saw the FGCU (7-4) shoot 20 for 51 in field goal attempts and commit 19 turnovers.
“They controlled the energy,” Dooley said. “They controlled the tempo. They were the aggressor the entire night. I am disappointed.”
It was, however, FGCU that took an early 4-0 lead to start the game. Georgia Southern, however, went on a 4-1 run of their own to go up 8-5.FGCU then outscored Georgia Southern (5-5) 5-0 to go back up 10-8. That would be the last lead that FGCU had all night, though. Despite later being able to tie the score at 15 and then again at 17, Georgia Southern went on a 17-8 run to go into halftime leading 34-25.
Written by Bill Levy
On paper, it appeared that Tuesday’s men’s basketball game between the NCAA Division I Eagles of FGCU and Ave Maria, a member of the NAIA ranks, would be a mismatch. It appeared that way on the court as well.
Behind six Eagles who had double digits in scoring, FGCU (4-3) easily defeated the Gyrenes 120-60 in front of 3,004 fans at the Alico Arena. Officially, Ave Maria will remain at 2-4 as this contest was classified as an exhibition game for them. Brandon Goodwin led the way with 19 points while Christian Terrell had 15. Also in double digits for the Eagles were Rayjon Tucker (14), Demetris Morant (14), Kevin Mickle (13) and RaySean Scott (11).
The tone was set early as FGCU built and early 16-0 lead. After Ave Maria’s Romello Bates connected on a 3-pointer, the Eagles outscored the Gyrenes 37-17 to take a commanding 53-20 lead into halftime, and also for all practical purposes eliminating any doubt of who the victor would be.
“We got off to a good start,” FGCU coach Joe Dooley said. “We did a good job sharing the ball. It was good to see balance.”
One Eagle who certainly shared the ball was Reggie Reid, who finished with a game high seven assists. In addition, sophomore guard added nine points.