Estero, FL- FGCU (4-2) defeated Drexel University (3-2), 67-59, Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
FGCU shot 45.9% (28/61) from the field, 31.3% (5/16) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Dragons 39-37. The Eagles dished out 6 assists, had 5 steals, and 2 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 10 Drexel team turnovers, while having 12 team turnovers of their own.
Drexel shot 35.0% (21/60) from the field, 29.6% (8/27) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded the Eagles 39-37. The Dragons dished out 7 assists, had 8 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. Drexel forced 12 FGCU team turnovers, while having 10 team turnovers of their own
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Isaiah Thompson 27 pts, 4 reb
Chase Johnston 18 pts, 5 reb
Andre Weir 9 pts, 11 reb
Outstanding Players (DU):
Amari Williams 20 pts, 9 reb
Justin Moore 9 pts, 6 reb
Jamie Bergens 9 pts
Isaiah Thompson, carried FGCU Tuesday night with a career high, and game high 27 points Tuesday night. His 17 2nd half points were much needed, since Drexel had a late surge in the 2nd half to close in on FGCU but the Eagles persevered. Chase Johnston scored 18 points, and had many key baskets for the Eagles, in a highly contested game with Drexel University. Thompson hit all of the 3 point field goals the Eagles would score in the game (5/10), which is an odd stat, since FGCU had been hitting 10+ 3 point field goals a game, on the regular. Andre Weir also had a strong game, finishing with 9 points, and 11 rebounds, just missing a double double. Weir was tasked with defending Amari Williams, who was a beast in the post for the Dragons.
Drexel was led offensively by Amari Williams, who scored 20 points, and was a complete force in the post for the Dragons.
FGCU (4-2) faces Kansas City (3-4) for the Gulf Coast Showcase championship Wednesday night at 7:30 PM from Hertz Arena.