Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (1- 0) won their home opener Tuesday night defeating FNU 94-57 at Alico Arena.
FGCU shot 52.3% (34/65) from the field, and 39.4% (13/33) from beyond the arc. FGCU outrebounded FNU 50-29. The Eagles dished out 24 assists, had 8 steals, and 4 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 15 Conquistadors team turnovers, and had 14 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FNU):
Nicolas Girondin 12 pts
Stephane Manzi 7 pts
Kobbie Perez 7 pts
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Victor Rosa 20 pts (Career high)
Cyrus Largie 11 pts
Austin Ritchie 11 pts
The Eagles struggled out of the gate vs the Conquistadors, but found their groove en route to a nice season opening win. The Eagles were without transfers Matt Halvorsen, Tavian Dunn-Martin, and Kevin Samuel for the game, so expect even more offensively from this team when everyone is healthy.
Victor Rosa had a career high 20 points and this breakout game could earn more minutes and confidence for the Sophomore. Cyrus Largie and Austin Richie both had 11 points for FGCU also in the game. Ritchie played 25 minutes with Samuel out, and looked really good in his time in the game, giving the Eagles another solid player in the post. Andre Weir also showed some promise, and played well grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. When the Eagles play NAIA or NCAA D2 teams, you hope to see the whole team get minutes, and see a perspective of what we have for now, and for the future, and we were able to see that Tuesday night.
FGCU heads to Chicago, Illinois to face Loyola University (1- 0), Saturday afternoon at 2 PM. Loyola beat Coppin State 103-45 Tuesday.