Nashville, TN- FGCU (8-20, 5-8) wasn’t able to take advantage of the opportunity in front of them on the road and lost to Lipscomb University (12-14, 7-6) 64-54, Saturday afternoon.
FGCU played extremely flat in this game and while they were able to limit Asadullah early in the game, were beat by Sophomore guard Greg Jones who had a career high of 24 points, carrying the Bisons to victory and keeping the team at 4th place in the ASUN Conference. There once again was no flow to the offense, shots were being forced and there was no real urgency for a team about to lose their 20th game in a row.
Coach Fly has to look at this season and this team and wonder what went wrong? Losing 20+ games in a season seemed unheard of and this team is stuck looking up at almost the entire conference. You look at Stetson University and how Donnie Jones has his entire team bought into his game plan and it shows on the court. Playing ASUN Tournament games at home were the norm for FGCU and it’s heartbreaking to look at this team, their struggles, and try to piece together who stays next season after this embarrassment of a season. Alico Arena has a different feeling to it this season and it’s for the worse. We are seeing less fans at the games and social media fired up after every game with Coach Fly. It’s a process, we get it, but we need to see improvements, not the same broken record every game. Separating from Coach Fly would truly be the best approach for FGCU but with his 3rd year still under contract, would Ken Kavanagh buyout the contract or fire him? We don’t think so. This frustrating season continues and the Eagles stock continues to plummet.
FGCU shot 37.7% from the field (20/53), 34.6% from beyond the arc (9/26), and outrebounded the Bisons 35-34. The Eagles dished out 10 assists and on the defensive end of the ball had 2 steals and 4 blocks. FGCU forced 12 Lipscomb turnovers but had 19 team turnovers of their own in the game.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Zach Scott 12 pts
Jalen Warren 10 pts
Outstanding Players (LU):
Greg Jones 24 pts, 7 rebounds
Ahsan Asadullah 17 pts, 11 rebounds
FGCU stays on the road and faces NJIT (7-17, 4-7) on 2/22 at 4 PM from the Wellness and Events Center.