Jacksonville, FL- FGCU (7-16, 4-4) gets back on track Thursday night with a 63-61 win over Jacksonville University (10-13, 3-5) from Historic Swisher Gymnasium.
The Eagles at one point gave up a 10 point lead in this game but were able to persevere in a close game and win their 2nd road game of the season on a Jalen Warren runner with 3 seconds left in the game. This was a came FGCU had complete control of in the 2nd half but Jacksonville kept answering in the final minutes of the game.
It was a different looking starting lineup tonight with Zach Scott returning back to the lineup taking Sam Gagliardi’s spot Thursday night. Sam provided a spark off the bench in a 6th man role, finally hit some 3’s and finishing with 6 points in the game. Brian Thomas looked healthier and finished playing 23 minutes in the game and spent more time in the game than Justus Rainwater did (16 minutes, 0 pts). The Eagles brought the 3 ball back into their arsenal by making 10 3’s which kept them in the game since the Dolphins hit 8 of their own. FGCU cut down on turnovers in this game too which is a huge deal for them and only had 7 team turnovers in the game.
Jalen Warren who you love and hate sometimes with his play in games proved to be the hero once again in a close game and had a solid scoring game while also hit some 3’s tonight (2/3 from beyond the arc) which usually isn’t his game.
FGCU shot 39% from the field (23/59), 35.7% from beyond the arc (10/28), and tied the Dolphins with 38 rebounds in the games. The Eagles dished out assists and on the defensive end of the ball had 4 steals and 4 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 9 JU turnovers while only having 7 team turnovers of their own tonight.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Caleb Catto 20 pts, 5 rebounds
Jalen Warren 18 pts
Zach Scott 11 pts
Outstanding Players (JU):
Destin Barnes 19 pts, 6 rebounds
David Bell 10 pts
FGCU heads to Lynchburg to face Liberty University (20-3, 6-2) Saturday night at 7 PM from the Vines Center. This will be the last regular season ASUN game the Eagles will play at there since Liberty will be playing in their brand new state of the art arena next season.