Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (10-3) overcame a horrible shooting 1st half, to defeat Mercer University (7-5), 67-55, Sunday afternoon from Alico Arena
FGCU shot 44.3% (27/61) from the field, 30.8% from beyond the arc (8/26), and outrebounded the Bears 40-33. The Eagles dished out 21 assists, had 8 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 12 Mercer team turnovers, while having 10 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (MU):
James Glisson III 19 pts, 4 reb
Jalen Johnson 18 pts, 12 reb
Felipe Haase 11 pts, 3 reb
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Tavian Dunn-Martin 20 pts, 12 asts
Cyrus Largie 15 pts, 8 reb
Kevin Samuel 11 pts, 10 reb
After watching the first half of this game, especially the last two minutes of that half, it was easy to think, FGCU was going to let this game get away from them. The best part about college basketball is that there are two halves, and the Eagles sure brought it in the 2nd half vs Mercer.
After scoring 18 points in the first half, FGCU exploded for 49 2nd half points. Tavian Dunn-Martin continues to prove that he will be considered for the ASUN Player of the Year, if his non-conference numbers continue into ASUN Conference play. Tavian finished with 20 pts, 12 rebounds, and was one of two Eagles to finish with a double double in the game. Kevin Samuel was the other Eagle to finish with one, and scored 11 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. James Glisson III led the Bears with 19 points in the game. Other Eagles scoring in double figures included Cyrus Largie (15 pts), and Matt Halvorsen (11 pts). Mercer’s loss to the Eagles snapped the Bears five game winning streak. FGCU has the chance to enter ASUN Conference play as winners of their last five and 11-3 if they finish strong Wednesday night on the road.
FGCU (10-3) faces Canisius University (3-9) Wednesday night on the road in Buffalo, NY.