Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (7-3) beat Dartmouth University (3-3) Saturday night, 78-68, in overtime from Alico Arena.
FGCU shot 40.4% (23/57) from the field, 24.0% (6/25) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded Dartmouth 48-38. The Eagles dished out 11 assists, had 9 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 13 Big Green tram turnovers, while having 15 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (DU):
Brendan Berry 26 pts, 5 reb
Aaryn Rai 18 pts, 7 reb
Taurus Samuels 12 pts, 5 reb
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Kevin Samuel 19 pts, 12 reb
Cyrus Largie 17 pts, 6 reb
Matt Halvorsen 13 pts
FGCU almost gave this game away in the final seconds with a 5 seconds call trying to inbound the ball. Dartmouth tied the game up off the turnover, courtesy of a Brendan Berry 3 ball, and the Big Green forced overtime. FGCU dominated overtime, outscoring Dartmouth 17-7. FGCU was led by Kevin Samuel, who dominated an undersized Big Green team in the post, scoring 19 points, and 12 rebounds in the game. Cyrus Largie once again led the FGCU guards offensively with 17 pts in the game. Dartmouth was led by Brendan Berry, who had a game high 26 points, and was the best player in Alico Arena Saturday night. FGCU needs to be able to closeout teams in the final seconds and we have seen them have trouble doing that in the past. ASUN Conference play will be here soon, and FGCU can’t make mistakes like the critical error they made Saturday night.
FGCU (7-3) heads back on the road to face FAMU (2-4) Tuesday night at 7 PM from the Al Lawson Center in Tallahassee, Florida.