Miami, FL- FGCU (2-9) lost their fourth game in a row and fifth straight road game to FIU (6-3) Wednesday night 71-53. The Eagles were led in scoring by Zach Scott who had 13 pts and 8 rebounds. The Golden Panthers were paced by Sophomore Guard Cameron Corcoran who had 15 points (5/7 from 3) and was one of three FIU players in double figures. Osasumwen Osaghae, a player we highlighted during the FIU preview article had a double-double scoring 14 points, and grabbing 11 rebounds.
FGCU shot 27% (19/68) from the field, 15% from 3 (5/33), and outrebounded FIU 54-44. The Eagles committed 23 team turnovers and 11 of them were steals by FIU.
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This was another game that we have seen all year covering this team where in the 2nd half, FIU ran away with this game, and at one point had it’s largest lead of the game of 27 points. This was another completely sloppy game full of turnovers for the Eagles and now FGCU has turned the ball over 201 times in 11 games, averaging 18.3 turnovers a game. The team isn’t scoring either averaging only 59.7 points per game this season. Zach Scott is starting to score again for the team and led the team in points again which is a positive but Caleb and Zach both played under 30 minutes in the game. Jalen Warren was a fade once again playing only 16 minutes and scoring only 6 points.
FGCU was ranked 8th out of 9 teams in the A Sea Of Red (ASOR) ASUN Power Rankings being only ahead of Kennesaw State who is winless. It’s very frustrating and disappointing seeing the team continue to struggle like they have all season. The reality is that this team has four games left in the non conference schedule at home against Robert Morris and St Thomas while on the road vs South Dakota State and USC and if they struggle at home this weekend against Robert Morris could head into their ASUN conference home opener vs Liberty (10-0) with a 3-12 record which is pitiful with the difficulty of this non conference schedule. We are always looking for improvement in this young team and we can only hope for some home cooking this weekend vs another struggling team, the Robert Morris Colonials. Go Eagles.