Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (13-8. 3-4 ASUN) gets a real test in ASUN Conference play, when they face Bellarmine University (12-9, 6-1 ASUN) Saturday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.
Bellarmine averages 70.4 ppg, shoots 48.4% (569/1175) from the field, and 32.6% (152/466) from beyond the arc. The Knights average 31.0 team rebounds per game. Bellarmine dishes out 15.0 assists, 5.7 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game. The Knights average 10.6 team turnovers per game.
FGCU averages 76.6 ppg, shoots 45.1% (573/1271) from the field, and 35.5% (220/620) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.3 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 16.5 assists, 7.3 steals, and 4.7 blocks per game. The Eagles average 14.4 team turnovers per game.
Players To Watch For (BU):
6’3 SR G Dylan Penn 17.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
6’0 GR G CJ Fleming 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
6’8 FR F Curt Hopf 8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Players To Watch For (FGCU):
5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 18.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg
6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 11.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg
6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 11.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg
FGCU get a huge opportunity as they face a Bellarmine University team that has only lost to Jacksonville State University in ASUN Conference play (6-1). The Eagles struggled out of the gate losing road games to JU, and KSU, and sit at 3-4 overall in the ASUN.
Head Coach Scott Davenport has led the program since 2005, and is Bellarmine’s winningest coach in wins and winning percentage. The Knights are only in their 2nd season in NCAA Division I, and played in the CBI last year after finishing 14-8. You would never know this team is in the transition period from NCAA Division II the way they play the game. Dylan Penn leads the Knights averaging 17.4 ppg, and is their best player offensively and defensively. CJ Fleming is an old school type guard that is max effort, and gave the Eagles fits last season. The Knights played an elite non-conference schedule vs #7 Purdue, #1 Gonzaga, #2 UCLA, and West Virginia University.