Lynchburg, VA- FGCU (19-10, 9-6 ASUN) earned a huge road win, beating Liberty University (20-10, 11-4 ASUN), 82-72 in overtime, Wednesday night from Liberty Arena.
FGCU shot 44.4% (28/63) from the field, 30.8% (8/26) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Flames 44-38. The Eagles dished out 11 assists, had 5 steals, and 4 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 10 Liberty team turnovers, and had 14 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Tavian Dunn-Martin 43 pts, 5 reb, 6 asts
Cyrus Largie 14 pts, 7 reb
Austin Richie 8 pts
Outstanding Players (LU):
Darius McGhee 28 pts, 10 reb
Blake Preston 18 pts, 10 reb
Kyle Rode 15 pts, 4 reb
What an instant classic from Liberty Arena Wednesday night. Tavian Dunn-Martin and Darius McGhee, put on a shot for all in attendance, and the public watching on ESPN+. Tavian Dunn-Martin scored an FGCU program record, and game high 43 points, to lead the Eagles. Tavian carried FGCU, and did all he could to keep the Eagles in the game, and soar past the Flames, when FGCU put the game away. Liberty was led offensively by Darius McGhee who finished with a double double, scoring 28 points, and grabbing 10 rebounds. Blake Preston, had a career high 18 points, and 10 rebounds and was everywhere for the Flames tonight. Cyrus Largie had a big game also for FGCU, finishing with 14 points. Liberty took a 31-29 lead into the half, and then came out on fire to begin the 2nd half. After a Blake Preston dunk, the Flames increased their lead to 56-50, but Tavian hit two key 3 pointers, to tie the game up for FGCU. The Eagles outscored the Flames 16-6 in overtime, and FGCU secured their first ever win vs the Flames.
The Eagles have to play consistent basketball, and play the same way they did tonight vs Jacksonville University Saturday afternoon. Coach Fly got this team to respond after a bad road loss to UNF, who got embarrassed tonight, losing 71-39 to Jacksonville University, in the River City Rumble. With a win over JU, that would be 20 regular season wins for the Eagles, a great feat, and they would have momentum heading into the ASUN Tournament.
FGCU (19-10, 9-6 ASUN) heads home to face Jacksonville University (19-8, 11-4 ASUN), Saturday afternoon at 1 PM from Alico Arena.