Chicago, IL- FGCU (1-1) dropped their first game of the season, losing 89-77 to Loyola-Chicago (2-0) Saturday afternoon, from Joseph J Gentile Arena.
FGCU shot 41.0% (25/61) from the field, 47.1% (16/34) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 40-36 by the Ramblers. The Eagles dished out 23 assists, had 6 steals, and 4 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 10 Loyola team turnovers, while having 15 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Tavian Dunn-Martin 34 pts (career high), 5 asts
Matt Halvorsen 14 pts, 4 reb
Cyrus Largie 10 pts, 6 reb
Outstanding Players (Loyola):
Aher Uguak 18 pts, 4 reb
Tom Welch 15 pts, 4 reb
Chris Knight 14 pts, 2 reb
The Eagles played a better 2nd half in this game and really made it count from beyond the arc, shooting 47% from 3, making sixteen 3 pointers in the game. Tavian Dunn-Martin in his FGCU debut, made nine 3 pointers, and finished with a game high and career high 34 points. Matt Halvorsen finished with 14 pts in his debut, and had a strong game for FGCU. Loyola was led by Aher Uguak who finished with 18 pts to lead the Ramblers. The Ramblers had five players finish in double figures in scoring. The Eagles never held a lead in this game, and were down 51-33 at the half. Kevin Samuel made his FGCU debut, grabbing 5 rebounds in 18 minutes of play. All eyes are onto Tuesday’s game vs USC.
FGCU heads home for a Dunk City reunion with Head Coach Andy Enfield, as USC (1-0) invades Alico Arena Tuesday at 6 PM. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.