Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (7-5, ASUN 2-3) survived a tough test vs Stetson University (4-9, 2-5 ASUN), Friday night at home, 64-63.
FGCU shot 37.9% (22/58) from the field, 10% (2/19) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 43-41 by the Hatters. The Eagles dished out 8 assists, had 5 steals, and 6 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 12 Hatters team turnovers and had 11 team turnovers of their own.
The Eagles survived a super poor shooting night Friday night at home. Both teams struggled mightily but FGCU pulled off the victory which came down to Chase Johnston missing a great look from beyond the arc, at the buzzer.
FGCU was led by Jalen Warren who finished with 12 pts, Eli Abaev who had one of his best games of the season finishing with 11 pts, and Dakota Rivers (10 pts).
Stetson had four starters that finished in double figures, including Mahamadou Diawara (16 pts), Rob Perry (13 pts), Chase Johnston (12 pts), and Christiaan Jones (11 pts).
The front court had a huge game for FGCU with Justus Rainwater having his best game of the season with 8 pts and throwing down a nasty SC Top 10 dunk for the Eagles in the game. These are the games FGCU has to win and now they get the opportunity to sweep Stetson, Saturday night. You steal a game like tonight when Caleb Catto doesn’t have his best game and you still pull of the win.
Outstanding Players (SU):
Mahamadou Diawara 16 pts
Rob Perry 13 pts, 11 reb
Chase Johnston 12 pts
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Jalen Warren 12 pts
Eli Abaev 11 pts
Dakota Rivers 10 pts
The same two teams face each other Saturday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.