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Senior G Dominique Buckley is leading UT with a 53.8 three-point field-goal percentage.

Rockets to Head to Sunshine State for Two-Game Tourney at FGCU

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 11/20/2012
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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012
Tip-Off: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Arena: Alico Arena (4,500)
Radio: Rocket Radio Network WSPD (1370 AM) in Toledo. Alex Perlman will call the play-by-play for the broadcast.

Series tied 1-1. 


  • Toledo (0-3) remains on the road when it travels to Fort Myers, FL for a two-game tournament at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Rockets will open play against Samford (1-3) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, while the host Eagles (2-2) will face Alcorn State (1-3) at 7:00 p.m. The winners will battle each other at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, while the losers will square off at 4:30 p.m.
  • UT dropped its first three games of the season on a seven-day roadtrip covering three states. The Rockets opened with a 62-50 setback at the Horizon League's Loyola (IL) on Nov. 9 before falling by an 82-56 margin at Big Ten foe Minnesota on Nov. 12. Toledo then put together its best performance of the season in an 84-81 (OT) loss at Missouri Valley Conference power Northern Iowa.
  • Toledo is the overwhelming favorite to win the Mid-American Conference's West Division after posting a 19-17 overall mark and 7-9 league ledger last year. The Rockets, who registered the second-largest turnaround in the nation last year with a +15-win improvement, return all five starters including preseason MAC West Division honorees Julius Brown and Rian Pearson.
  • Brown leads the Rockets with 15.7 ppg with Pearson right behind him with 14.7 ppg. Senior G Dominique Buckley and freshman C Nathan Boothe are just under double digits with 9.3 ppg and 9.0 ppg, respectively.
  • Brown produced one of the best outings of his career at FGCU's Alico Arena with a career-high tying 29 points and career-best seven treys in UT's 83-80 loss to the Eagles on Dec. 22, 2012.
  • Samford posted a 1-3 win-loss mark this season with two of their losses coming at nationally ranked foes Louisville and Memphis. Freshman F Tim Williams leads the Bulldogs with 18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 spg and 1.5 bpg.


After being on the road for its first five contests, Toledo will play its first home game on Wednesday, Nov. 28 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UT will then return to the road for games at Cleveland State (Dec. 1), Detroit (Dec. 5) and Eastern Illinois (Dec. 8).
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