Jacksonville, AL- FGCU (12-8, 2-4 ASUN) fell on the road to Jacksonville State University (12-6, 5-0 ASUN), 79-71, Saturday night from the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
FGCU shot 47.5% (29/61) from the field, 40.7% (11/27) from beyond the arc, and tied the Gamecocks with 35 team rebounds. The Eagles dished out 22 assists, 7 steals, and 5 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 11 JSU team turnovers while having 17 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Tavian Dunn-Martin 17 pts, 8 reb
Kevin Samuel 16 pts, 12 reb
Cyrus Largie 10 pts
Outstanding Players (JSU):
Demaree King 20 pts, 5 reb
Darian Adams 18 pts, 8 reb
Jalen Gibbs 12 pts, 2 asts
FGCU struggled in the 2nd half, and it’s the same story all season for the Eagles. It seems like this team plays a strong 1st half where they are leading, or down single digits, and the wheels come off in the 2nd half of games. The Eagles are 1-3 on the road in ASUN play this season, and that’s unacceptable when the road games have included JU and KSU of those three losses. The easy non-conference schedule helped pad wins, and this team is truly facing adversity with every loss, as the fans wonder when this team will make the coaching improvements and player improvements necessary, to make a run in the ASUN.
FGCU was led by Tavian Dunn-Martin, who scored 17 points. Kevin Samuel had another double double (16 pts, 11 reb), and continues his strong season for the Eagles. JSU was led by Demaree King, who finished with a game high 20 points. In the 2nd half, JSU held an 18 point lead vs FGCU before the Eagles came back in the game. FGCU has a huge homestand coming up vs EKU, and Bellarmine, and can’t afford to lose any more games.
FGCU (12-8, 2-4 ASUN) heads home to face Eastern Kentucky University (10-10, 2-4 ASUN) on 1/27 at 5 PM from Alico Arena.