Kennesaw, GA- FGCU (8-19, 5-7) snapped a 3 game losing streak beating KSU (1-23, 0-11) 70-58, Thursday night, from the KSU Convocation Center.
FGCU ended a 3 game ASUN losing streak by beating the worst team in the conference. This was a game that was extremely sloppy for FGCU in the first half of this game. Zach Scott hit a prayer from way out and pulled the Eagles within one at halftime. A barrage of 3’s from Caleb Catto to begin the half began the separation in this game, but at one point the Owls had a 7 point lead. Caleb had a career high in points finishing with 26 points and did most of his damage in the 2nd half and took over this game for FGCU.
Sam Gagliardi hit two huge 3’s off the bench and is settling into his new role and finally getting some looks from beyond the arc. Jalen Warren had an off game only scoring 3 points in 34 minutes of playing time. Brian Thomas had some great moments in this game pulling down some huge rebounds, throwing down a nasty dunk and finishing with 6 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Justus Rainwater missed a double double by 1 point finishing with 9 pts, and 12 rebounds. All around many players contributed in a game FGCU had to win.
FGCU shot 50% from the field (28/56), 47% from beyond the arc (9/19) and outrebounded KSU 41-23. The Eagles dished out 13 assists and on the defensive end of the ball had 5 steals and 5 blocks. The Eagles forced 11 KSU team turnovers and had 14 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Caleb Catto 26 pts, 6 rebounds (Career high in pts)
Zach Scott 15 pts, 6 rebounds
Justus Rainwater 9 pts, 12 rebounds
Outstanding Player(s) (KSU):
Bryan Lockley 22 pts, 7 rebounds
FGCU heads to Allen Arena to face Lipscomb University (11-14, 6-6) Saturday afternoon. It’s a huge opportunity since a win for the Eagles would move them up in the ASUN standings to the point where they would be a 4 seed or knocking on the door. This season has looked so bad at times and their overall record is terrible, but with the exception of Liberty, UNF, and Stetson, the middle of the ASUN conference is wide open and a late season run could be huge if this team has it in them.