Jacksonville, FL- #6 FGCU (10-7) behind a dominant second half, upset #3 Lipscomb University (15-12), 72-60, Thursday night from Historic Swisher Gymnasium.
FGCU shot 45.5% (30/66) from the field, 33.3% (7/21) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 40-34 by the Bisons. The Eagles dished out 17 assists, had 6 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 18 Lipscomb team turnovers and had 15 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Cyrus Largie 19 pts
Jalen Warren 13 pts
Caleb Catto 13 pts
Outstanding Players (LU):
KJ Johnson 18 pts
Ahsan Asadullah 14 pts, 11 reb
Will Pruitt 8 pts
It was a tale of two halves for the Eagles, as FGCU poured on 41 2nd half points to run away from the Bisons and advance to the ASUN Semifinals. The Eagles held Ahsan Asadullah to 14 pts in the game and Lipscomb looked outclassed and outcoached in the 2nd half of this game. At one point Lipscomb had a 17 point lead and looked to be running away with this game in the 1st half but FGCU remained resilient and were led by Cyrus Largie (19 pts), Caleb Catto (13 pts), and Jalen Warren (13 pts) in scoring.
Lipscomb only shot 37% (24/64) from the field, 23% (6/26) from beyond the arc, and struggled mightily in the 2nd half as the Eagles found their mojo.
#6 FGCU takes on #5 UNA Friday night in the ASUN Semifinals at 7 PM from UNF Arena. UNA defeated #4 UNF 68-60 Thursday afternoon. The winner will play the winner of the #7 Stetson University/ #1 Liberty University game Sunday afternoon.