Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (7-2) won their fifth game in a row, defeating FIU (4-4), 74-65, Sunday night from Alico Arena.
FIU shot 41.3% (26/63) from the field, 18.2% (4/22) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 37-36 by FGCU. The Golden Panthers dished out 9 assists, had 8 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FIU forced 15 FGCU team turnovers, while having 13 team turnovers of their own.
FGCU shot 44.6% (25/56) from the field, 37.0% (10/27) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded FIU 37-36. The Eagles dished out 15 assists, had 8 steals, and 6 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 13 FIU team turnovers, while having 15 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (FIU):
Mohamed Sanogo 23 pts, 8 reb
Dashon Gittens 12 pts, 2 reb
Arturo Dean 8 pts, 3 reb
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Zach Anderson 18 pts, 13 reb
Caleb Catto 14 pts, 5 asts
Chase Johnston 11 pts, 2 reb
FGCU beat a tough and gritty FIU team, that had been averaging 81.7 ppg leading into this game. Cold shooting in the 1st half led to a 32-31 Eagles lead at the half. FGCU opened up their largest lead of the game at 68-52 in the 2nd half, and were able to win the game at the charity stripe, finishing off the Golden Panthers. The Eagles hit 10 3 point field goals, shooting 37% from beyond the arc, which has been their bread and butter all season. Zach Anderson led the Eagles offensively, with a double-double, finishing with 18 points, and 13 rebounds. Caleb Catto (14 points), and Chase Johnston (11 points) also finished in double figures for FGCU.
FIU was led offensively by Mohamed Sanogo, who finished with a game high 23 points, and he was a force in the post for the Golden Panthers. Dashon Gittens (12 points) also finished in double figures in scoring for FIU. It was a great team win for the Eagles, as their impressive start to the season continues.
FGCU (7-2) heads on the road to face FAU (7-1), Wednesday night at 7 PM from FAU Arena.
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