Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (5-3, 0-1 ASUN) lost their first ASUN Conference game of the season to Bellarmine University, (4-5, 1-2 ASUN) by 14 pts, 74-60, Friday night, at Alico Arena.
FGCU shot 36.8% (21/57) from the field, 25.9% (7/27) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 42-32 by the Knights. The Eagles dished out 10 assists, had 10 steals, and 5 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 16 Bellarmine team turnovers but had 17 turnovers of their own.
This was a game where FGCU was down 27 at one point. The two weeks away from games and practice completely showed in the first half of the game, as the Eagles tried to find themselves when shots weren’t falling and Bellarmine took a huge lead early, and advantage of having played college basketball games the last two weeks.
For Bellarmine, it was their first ASUN Conference win in their team history. The Knights were led by CJ Fleming who finished with 19 pts, Ethan Claycomb who had 15 pts, and Dylan Penn who finished with 12 pts.
Caleb Catto led the Eagles once again with 15 pts, Jalen Warren finished with 11 pts, and Dom London contributed 8 pts. Turnovers plagued the Eagles tonight as Jalen and Caleb combined for 9 team turnovers in the game.
FGCU needs to put this game behind them and work hard to earn the split Saturday night vs Bellarmine. Back to back games with Lipscomb are next after this weekend, and you have to beat Bellarmine tomorrow night, to at least have one ASUN win before traveling to Nashville.
Outstanding Players (BU):
CJ Fleming 19 pts
Ethan Claycomb 15 pts
Dylan Penn 12 pts
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Caleb Catto 15 pts
Jalen Warren 11 pts
Dom London 8 pts
The same two teams face each other Saturday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.