HILTON GARDEN INN FGCU INVITATIONAL: SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (4-2) remains at home and faces Southeastern Louisiana (3-3) in game two of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational Saturday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats:

The Lions average 86.7 ppg, shoot 46.9% (186/397) from the field, and 35.4% (62/175) from beyond the arc. SLU grabs 40.3 team rebounds per game. The Lions dish out 18.7 assists, 9.8 steals, and 3.8 blocks per game. SLU averages team 13.3 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (SLU):

6’6 JR G/F Gus Okfaor 14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg

6’6 SR F Jalyn Hinton 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg

6’1 SR G Keon Cergleot 10.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 22.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 11.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg

6’5 SR G Caleb Catto 8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Overview:

The Eagles face Southeastern Louisiana University, who play out of the Southland Conference. The Lions are led by Head Coach David Kiefer, who is in his 3rd season with the team. SLU has losses to Tulane, SMU, and Indiana Port Wayne on the season, and have non NCAA D-1 wins over Southeastern Baptist College, Paul Quinn College, and Ecclesia College.

The Lions are led in scoring by 6’6 JR G/F Gus Okfaor (14.8 ppg), while a former JU transfer, Jalyn Hinton is their 2nd leading scorer (12.2 ppg), and is familiar with FGCU, after facing the Eagles in ASUN Conference play in his career. SLU lost their first game in the tournament losing to Indiana Port Wayne 74-66. The Lions were led by Gus Okfaor who finished with 20 pts in the game. The Eagles defeated Western Michigan 77-67, and Tavian Dunn-Martin finished with a game high 29 points in the game to lead the Eagles to victory.

Tavian Dunn-Martin is starting to emerge as “the guy” for FGCU, and is carrying the team. Dunn-Martin also is the ASUN’s leading scorer with 22.2 ppg, and is a major reason the Eagles are 4-2 overall. The guard rotation is deep and if the Eagles can get Caleb Catto, Cyrus Largie, and Dunn-Martin, in double figures this team will be tough to beat in the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational, non-conference play, and ASUN Conference play.

Prediction:

FGCU 77 SELA 63

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