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FGCU Men’s Basketball Drills Record 17 Threes in 105-61 Victory in Chambers’ Alico Arena Debut

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team enjoyed another successful home opener Sunday night, swamping Ave Maria, 105-61, at Alico Arena in coach Pat Chambers’ Southwest Florida debut. The Eagles began the 2022-23 home slate with a high-powered offense that flirted with the program’s single-game scoring record.

Zach Anderson #10 scored 22 points for the FGCU Eagles (2-1), at Alico Arena, Fort Meyers, Florida, Sunday, November 13, 2022. (Roman Garay / Florida National News)

Junior forward Zach Anderson (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) scored a game-high 22 points and senior guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Ind./Purdue) dropped in 21 to lead FGCU (2-1), which is now 19-2 overall in home openers and includes a streak of 11 straight wins from 2008-2018. The Eagles have now won three straight home openers after winning their first-ever home opener on a Sunday.

FGCU men’s basketball head coach Pat Chambers debut, at Alico Arena, Fort Meyers, Florida, Sunday, November 13, 2022. (Roman Garay / Florida National News)

“It has been a long week, and we were all about just trying to get better,” said FGCU head men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers. “We were trying to work on the foundation of defending and rebounding, creating that identity. We took major steps last week in California, and I was proud of the way we competed and gave ourselves a chance on the road. Then to come back here in front of our home crowd, I am just excited by what these kids tried to do on the defensive side of the ball.”

FGCU poured in a school-record 17 3-pointers in 40 attempts en route to reaching the 100-point plateau for the first time since defeating Webber International 112-39 on Dec. 18, 2020. Senior guard Dahmir Bishop (Philadelphia, Pa./Xavier/St. Joseph’s) scored 12 points for FGCU, and junior guard Chase Johnston (Boca Raton, Fla./Stetson) stretched his streak of double-figure scoring games to three with 11 points. Ave Maria got 13 points from Jonathan Effertz and 12 from Miles Monchecourt.

Chambers is 10-2 in home openers in his 12th season as a head coach. Sunday’s win at “The Nest” extends his current streak of victories in home openers to four.
FGCU’s single-game scoring record was 123 points, set Dec. 19, 2003, against Illinois Institute of Technology. Not far behind was the 120 points the Eagles hung on Ave Maria on Nov. 29, 2016. And at several parts Sunday night, both marks seemed destined to fall. The Eagles scored 62 points in the first half alone, as Thompson tallied 17 points and Anderson dropped 16 in the first 20 minutes.

With a 35-point halftime lead in his jacket pocket, Chambers was able to cycle in several reserves during the second half – as 15 Eagles saw playing time while still eclipsing the 100-point mark.

“I am grateful for Ave Maria for taking the game and playing hard, and those kids played hard and competed even though they played last night, too,” Chambers said. “I felt like we stuck to being who we are, defending and rebounding and sharing the basketball and creating good habits. It easily could have turned into a bit of a circus, and it didn’t. We both were working on things to get better – I know I was, and I know they were, because they have a really good team for their league.”

FGCU improved to 7-0 against Ave Maria, renewing what was an annual matchup that went dormant in 2016. FGCU averaged 84 points per game against the Gyrenes coming into Sunday and allowed just 50.3 points per outing.

The Eagles return to action on the road Wednesday, playing No. 11 Tennessee at 7 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Sunday’s home opener was FGCU’s only game at home in the month of November. FGCU returns to Southwest Florida for the Gulf Coast Classic at Hertz Arena on Nov. 21-23, playing Northern Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. FGCU next plays at Alico Arena on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. against FIU.

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Jaguars Upset Ravens 28-27

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) beat the Baltimore Ravens (7-4) 28-27 on their first visit to TIAA Bank Field since 2016. This was an exciting game with multiple lead changes before the Jaguars closed it out with seconds to spare. 

Today’s game started 25 minutes later than the 1:00 p.m. planned kickoff, due to heavy rains. Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the weather was perfect for the whole game. Ravens K Justin Tucker put up a 27 yard field goal to cap off Baltimore’s first drive. He added a 29 yard three pointer later in the first quarter, to put the Ravens up 6-0 heading into the second.

The Jaguars scored with a 28 yard touchdown pass from QB Trevor Lawrence to RB JaMycal Hasty on their first drive of the quarter. K Riley Patterson added an extra point to put the Jags ahead 7-6. But Justin Tucker’s 55 yard field goal returned the lead to the Ravens, 9-7, until Patterson’s 22 yard field goal gave the lead back to the Jaguars, 10-9 heading into the half.

Justin Tucker added a 24 yard field goal to put the Ravens up 12-10 midway through the third, the only points scored that quarter.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards scored a 1 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, followed by Justin Tucker’s extra point, to extend the Ravens lead 19-10. But a 1 yard Trevor Lawrence touchdown pass to WR Jamal Agnew followed by Riley Patterson’s extra point narrowed the Jaguars’ deficit to two points. Soon after, a fumble by Ravens SS Andrew Wingard was recovered by Jaguars CB Tevaughn Campbell, which later set up a 29 yard Riley Patterson field goal, to put the Jaguars ahead 20-19. But QB Lamar Jackson’s first touchdown pass of the game, a 12 yarder to TE Josh Oliver, was followed by a Jackson to TE Mark Andrews two point conversion, to put the Ravens up 27-20. The Jaguars final drive ended with a 10 yard Trevor Lawrence to WR Marvin Jones Jr. touchdown pass, and they succeeded in scoring a Lawrence to Zay Jones two point conversion, which put the Jags up 28-27. Justin Tucker was unable to score a 67 yard field goal as time expired.

Today’s first DUUUVAL was delivered by actor Asher Grosman who stars in the CBS sitcom, Ghosts, and is a lifelong Jaguars fan.

Actor Asher Goodman on the field before delivering the First DUUUVAL. Photo credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida Sports Channel)

Trevor Lawrence finished with 321 yards and 3 touchdowns. JaMycal Hasty led the Jaguars rushing with 28 yards. Zay Jones was the leading receiver with 145 yards.

Today’s attendance was 59,560. The Jaguars travel to Detroit to face the Lions next Sunday, 12/4. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. at Ford Field. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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Orlando Magic Lag Far Behind Minnesota Timberwolves, 126-108

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Franz Wagner fights off the Minnesota Timberwolves defense as he attempts a layup during the Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves match at Amway Center Wednesday. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Franz Wagner fights off the Minnesota Timberwolves defense as he attempts a layup during the Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves match at Amway Center Wednesday. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Minnesota Timberwolves showed themselves to be true predators against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center Wednesday.

 

First Half

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards hit the ground running, scoring 19 points in the first quarter alone–more than anyone in the game up to that point. For the Magic, Bol Bol led in the scoring with eight points as well as three rebounds, which looks meager by comparison, but he did make some clutch plays. He shot 7 of 10 on field goals and 5 of 8 on three-pointers. The Orlando Magic were already 10 points behind with 5:57 left in the first quarter: 20-10.

The first quarter ended with the Magic 18 points behind, 42-24.

Karl Anthony Towns shot the ball with the hunger of a starved man, making more than anyone on either team in the second quarter–13 points.

The Timberwolves led 74-49 at halftime.

 

Second Half

With 4.9 seconds left in the third quarter, Taurean Prince got collared with a flagrant foul for his elbow to Jalen Suggs’ face as Suggs attempted a layup. Prince was ejected from the game while Suggs went to the free throw line for two and the Magic retained possession of the ball. The end of the third quarter found the Magic behind by 18 again, 98-80.

In the fourth quarter, Jalen Suggs landed some clutch shots that halved the Magic’s point deficit to nine with nine minutes left in the game. However, the Magic couldn’t keep up with the Timberwolves’ aggressive scoring. Despite the fans’ energy buoying them and Bol Bol and Jalen Suggs fighting like hell to sink shots, the Magic still fell to them, 126-108.

 

Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference

Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley, Jalen Suggs and Bol Bol talk with the media postgame.

Tonight’s game ends the Magic’s homestand. They go on the road to face the Chicago Bulls Friday. They’ll return home to host the Philadelphia 76ers in back-to-back matchups Friday, November 25th at 7pm and Sunday, November 27th at 6pm.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic Turnovers Cost Them Against Charlotte Hornets, 112-105

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Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball makes a shot during the Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets match at Amway Center Monday, November 14, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball makes a shot during the Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets match at Amway Center Monday, November 14, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Charlotte Hornets came into Monday night’s match against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center with their darling LaMelo Ball back and ready to do damage. And they did.

For their part, the Magic came into the game with the wind at their back after Friday’s 114-97 win against the Phoenix Suns. However, their defense–or perhaps Charlotte’s more aggressive offense–caused them to play from behind.

 

First Half

The numbers showed that the Magic defense needed a bit of help. They had six turnovers to Charlotte’s two.

While LaMelo Ball contributed five points, one assist and one rebound, Kelly Oubre Jr. was the additional thorn in the Magic’s side throughout the game. Oubre actually led for Charlotte in the first quarter with six points and two rebounds. P.J. Washington also put up six points in the first quarter with three rebounds.

Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba (off the bench) did the heavy lifting for Orlando in the first quarter, each contributing eight points. Bamba also offered three rebounds and was sharp on his shots, going 3 for 3 on all field goals (including his one three-pointer) and 1 for 2 on free throws.

The Magic lagged behind 31-23 by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Magic turned the ball over seven times to Charlotte’s three. To their credit, Wendell Carter, Jr. posted eight points and two rebounds while Bamba put up six points with four rebounds.

The Magic made a good rescue play with three minutes left in the first half. The Magic had possession of the ball and twice turned over the moment they got in the paint. Jalen Suggs redeemed his team on the second turnover, stealing the ball and bringing it back to the Magic’s paint. His layup attempt got blocked, but Bol Bol came in clutch with the offensive rebound and dunked it in.

While LaMelo was scoreless in the second quarter, he contributed five assists, while Mason Plumlee and Terry Rozier did the scoring with six points each and Plumlee clocking three rebounds.

The Hornets outscored the Magic by five–27-22 points, making the halftime score 58-45. They were 11 for 21 on their field goals and were 5 for 6 on free throws while Orlando was only 9 for 20 on field goals and 3 for 6 on free throws.

 

Second Half

Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley switched things up a little bit in the third quarter, bringing his bench in. Terrence Ross, Caleb Houstan, Kevon Harris and RJ Hampton all got touches. Hampton led in scoring in the third with 10 points while Caleb Houston followed with six points.

The two teams tied each other in assists and even turnovers with four, and the Magic even beat the Hornets in rebounds–16 to their 10–but the Hornets still outscored the Magic by two points by the end of the third. The difference lied in their field goals. The Hornets were 9 for 19 (47.4 percent) on field goals compared to the Magic’s 8 for 27 (29.6 percent). Additionally, the Hornets did fewer three pointers, but they did damage there too, going 2 for 7 on threes compared to Orlando’s 5 for 15. Both teams were 100 percent on free throws (6 of 6 for Charlotte and 3 of 3 for Orlando).

The score landed at 84-69 by the end of the third.

The narrative continued through the fourth quarter. The score reached 104-92 with 2.5 minutes left in the game.

Wendell Carter Jr.’s two free throws finally put the Magic over 100 points with just one minute left. The Hornets scored again, making the score 110-101, and Ball went to the line, missing both. His mistake, though, was diving for the rebound, fouling Bol Bol, who went to the line and sank both free throws, bringing the score to 110-103.

The Hornets defeated the Magic 112-105.

Charlotte’s Mason Plumlee was the team high scorer with a double double on the night, 18 points and 11 rebounds. Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball followed with 17 points each. Ball contributed nine assists and four rebounds.

 

Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference

Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley, Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba speak with the press postgame.

 

 

The Magic end their seven-game homestand Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7pm ET.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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