Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (7-19, 4-7) lost their 3rd consecutive ASUN conference game in a row at home, 69-60 to UNF (16-10, 9-2) Saturday night.
FGCU continues to lose tough games at home and this was another game where they had a huge run in the 2nd half to take a 1 point lead but before you could even talk about it, the Ospreys turned that Eagle lead into a lead of their own by 5 points. UNF shot 35.7% from beyond the arc making 10 3’s and that was the story of this game. The question Eagles fans truly have, Is Coach Fly going to be able to steal a game this season vs a contending team? The middle of the ASUN is pretty much a puzzle with so many teams right there in contention. JU looks like a better team with some big wins lately but we are late enough in the season now to realize that the Eagles will be traveling most likely for their first game of the ASUN tournament. Seeding is going to be huge so they need to win some games down the stretch staring with Thursday night vs KSU.
Jalen Warren once again led the Eagles in scoring, finishing with 18 points and there were 3 other FGCU players finishing with 11 points in the game (Catto/Rainwater/Scott). It’s a tale of two completely different teams with all the upperclassmen on the 1st place UNF team and a rebuilding FGCU team who still aren’t sure of what they really have with this squad. Rainwater was having a lot of success in the post, and we were hoping they would feed him more and that could have made a huge difference in this game.
FGCU shot 42.9% from the field (27/63), and 11.8% from beyond the arc (2/17). The Eagles were outrebounded 35-34 by UNF in the game. The Eagles dished out 15 assists and on the defensive end of the ball had 4 steals and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 13 UNF team turnovers and had 11 team turnovers of their own in the game.
Outstanding Player(s) (UNF):
Ivan Gandia-Rosa 22 pts
Garrett Sams 20 pts
Jalen Warren 18 pts
FGCU heads on the road to face Kennesaw State (1-22, 0-10) Thursday night from the Convocation Center.