Knoxville, TN- FGCU (2-2) fell on the road to #22 Tennessee (2-1), 81-50, Wednesday night from Thompson-Boling Arena.
FGCU shot 30.4% (14/46) from the field, 20.8% (5/24) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 41-27 by the Volunteers. The Eagles dished out 8 assists, had 5 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 11 Tennessee team turnovers, while having 17 team turnovers of their own.
Stats (#22 UT):
#22 Tennessee shot 49.0% (24/49) from the field, 40% (8/20) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Eagles 41-27. The Volunteers dished out 16 assists, had 9 steals, and 2 blocks in the game. #22 Tennessee forced 17 FGCU team turnovers, while having 11 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Zach Anderson 11 pts, 5 reb
Dahmir Bishop 9 pts, reb
Dakota Rivers 7 pts, 4 reb
Outstanding Players (#22 UT):
Josiah-Jordan James 18 pts, 6 reb
Oliver Nkamhoua 18 pts, 2 asts
Julian Phillips 11 pts, 5 reb
The Eagles struggled mightily vs #22 Tennessee Wednesday night, and could not get their offense to flow at all. The Volunteers defense was ferocious, and the Eagles had no answer for Tennessee. Head Coach Rick Barnes had his team ready for the Eagles, and FGCU just could never shoot the ball during the game. Zach Anderson led the Eagles with 11 points, and continues his strong start to the season. #22 Tennessee was led offensively by Josiah-Jordan James, and Oliver Nkamhoua, who both scored 18 points. The Volunteers shot 40% from beyond the arc (8/20), and the Eagles only shot 20% (5/24), and that was one of the major factors in the game. #22 Tennessee dominated FGCU in every aspect of the game, so the Eagles should just take in the experience of playing an SEC team on the road in an hostile environment, reset, and get ready to come home, and play well in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena.
FGCU (2-2) heads home to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Eagles will face former ASUN rival Northern Kentucky (2-1), Monday night (11/21) at 7:30 PM from Hertz Arena.