HILTON GARDEN INN FGCU INVITATIONAL RECAP

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (6-2) won all three games in the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational this past weekend, defeating Western Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana. and Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne.

FGCU 77 WMU 67

Stats:

FGCU shot 47.3% (26/55) from the field, 47.6% (10/21) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded WMU 31-29. The Eagles dished out 14 assists, had 9 steals, and 6 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 19 Broncos team turnovers, while having 15 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (WMU):

Lamar Norman Jr 24 pts, 4 asts

Mack Smith 16 pts, 2 reb

Markeese Hastings 10 pts, 8 reb

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Tavian Dunn-Martin 29 pts, 5 asts, 3 reb

Zach Anderson 11 pts, 2 reb

Cyrus Largie 10 pts, 4 reb

FGCU 90 SLU 71

Stats:

FGCU shot 54.1% (33/61) from the field, 42.9% (15/35) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded SLU 43-32. The Eagles dished out 29 assists, had 9 steals, and 11 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 14 Lions team turnovers, while having 20 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (SLU):

Gus Okafor 23 pts, 5 reb

Jalyn Hinton 9 pts, 10 reb

Ryan Burkhardt 9 pts, 4 reb

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Kevin Samuel 18 pts, 4 reb

Cyrus Largie 17 pts, 3 reb

Austin Richie 12 pts, 5 reb

FGCU 85 IPFW 78

Stats:

FGCU shot 46.3% (25/54) from the field, 45.5% (10/22) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 31-29 by the Mastodons. The Eagles dished out 10 assists, had 11 steals, and 7 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 15 Mastodons team turnovers, while having 15 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (IPFW):

Jalon Pipkins 16 pts, 3 reb

Ra Kpedi 15 pts, 12 reb

Deonte Billups 14 pts, 6 reb

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Tavian Dunn-Martin 27 pts

Cyrus Largie 17 pts, 7 reb

Kevin Samuel 16 pts, 13 reb

Overview:

FGCU enjoyed a 5-0 week last week with wins over Eckerd, Rhode Island, Western Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana, and IPFW. It was super encouraging to see Tavian Dunn-Martin offensively continue to carry this team, and the ASUN’s top scorer (20.3 ppg) even contributed 13 assists Saturday vs SLU. Kevin Samuel has been dominating the glass, and offensively was in double figures in scoring 2 of the 3 Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational games. The double double Samuel had Sunday vs IPFW, was vital in winning a close game vs the Mastodons. The 3 ball carried the Eagles this wekeend, as FGCU shot 44.8% this weekend making 35 3 point field goals in the tournament. Cyrus Largie continues his strong Junior season, and was in double figures in scoring every game this weekend.

These games were all winnable games, but the Eagles still had to earn them, and the team has to be full of confidence as they head to FIU Wednesday night.

What’s Next:

FGCU (6-2) heads on the road to face FIU (6-1) Wednesday at 7 PM, from FIU Ocean Bank Convocation Center.

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