Lehigh Acres Sports …Catch All the Action
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.
FSW Athletics announced the official name of their Buccaneer mascot, Captain Blackbeard, after a vote that allowed FSW students to be a part of the process.
The FSW mascot was unveiled at the FSW Buc Bash (Nov. 29) prior to the home-opening men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Captain Blackbeard will be a presence at numerous campus events, athletic contests and in the local community.
“I am excited to introduce Blackbeard as the new FSW mascot,” said Director of Athletics Carl McAloose. “It is my hope that Blackbeard will continue to help us strengthen our athletics identity while energizing student, campus and community pride.”
A small mascot committee, led by FSW Public Information Officer Teresa Araque, FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill and FSW Auxilary Services Marketing Coordinator Santiago Arenas, was charged with brainstorming and coming up with design concepts for the mascot. The Milwaukee, Wisc. based Olympus Group, who has produced over 15,000 mascots, manufactured the new FSW mascot costume.
Florida Southwestern State College will open the doors to the brand-new Suncoast Credit Union Arena Tuesday night.
After months of construction, a doubleheader men’s 8 pm and women’s 6 pm basketball game will tip off for the first time on the college’s court.
College students, faculty and fans will fill 3,300 seats..
The basketball teams will not be the only ones calling the new arena home. Volleyball matches, concerts and graduations will also help the college expand opportunities to get more people involved on campus with more seating available.
The college believes within the first year, businesses surrounding the area will see a $5 million impact.
Meanwhile, the men’s basketball coach is gearing up his team of players from across the country to win yet another game to continue their undefeated track record.
A pep rally for the doubleheader starts at 4 p.m. ahead of the games. And for the first time, the FSW mascot known as “black beard” will be revealed.