Nashville, TN- #6 FGCU (10-22) lost to #3 Lipscomb University (15-15) 68-63 in the ASUN Quarterfinals ending their season.
It was the Ahsan Asadullah show once again in Nashville as he single handedly ended FGCU’s season with another double double. Ahsan scored 40 points, and brought down 14 rebounds vs the Eagles Tuesday night.
FGCU was led by Caleb Catto who scored 20 points and continued his consistent play for FGCU. Two other Eagles finished in double figures: Jalen Warren (16 pts) and Cyrus Largie (12 pts). Defensively, Brian Thomas blocked 8 shots, tying an FGCU record in 23 minutes of gametime.
This game is the epitome of the way this season went and will go down as one of the most frustrating seasons ever with the talent we thought we had in this class before the season started. We still are trying to understand the rotation of players during games and it’s everything from the use of Dakota Rivers and Cyrus Largie to the Sam Gagliardi/Zach Scott 6th man fiasco that cost this team very valuable games.
Coach Fly has one more year left on his contract and we don’t believe Ken Kavanagh would buy him out or release him from his contract so it’s a HUGE season for him and now the final question: Who stays on this team and who will transfer? Plenty to talk about this offseason when it comes to this team, stay tuned.
FGCU shot 42% from the field (26/61), 28% from beyond the arc (6/21), and were outrebounded 43-29 by the Bisons. The Eagles dished out 13 assists and defensively had 4 steals and 10 blocks. FGCU forced 11 Bisons team turnovers and had only 9 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Caleb Catto: 20 pts, 5 rebounds
Jalen Warren: 16 pts, 3 assists
Cyrus Largie: 12 pts, 7 rebounds
Outstanding Players (LU):
Ahsan Asadullah: 40 pts, 14 rebounds
Greg Jones: 11 pts, 5 rebounds
What’s Next for Lipscomb:
#3 Lipscomb faces #2 UNF, Thursday night at 7 PM from UNF Arena in the ASUN Semifinals. The winner of that game will face the winner of the #1 Liberty/#4 Stetson, ASUN semifinal game in the ASUN Championship game Sunday afternoon.