Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (14-7, 4-4 ASUN) suffered a heart breaking loss to KSU (15-6, 7-1 ASUN), Saturday night, 65-63, from Alico Arena.
KSU shot 49.1% (26/53) from the field, 25.0% (4/16) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded FGCU 35-29. The Owls dished out 10 assists, had 4 steals, and 2 blocks in the game. KSU forced 7 FGCU team turnovers, while 11 having team turnovers of their own.
FGCU shot 40.0% (22/55) from the field, 33.3% (10/30) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 35-29 by KSU. The Eagles dished out 11 assists, had 7 steals, and 1 block in the game. FGCU forced 11 KSU team turnovers, while having 7 team turnovers of their own.
Outstanding Players (KSU):
Brandon Stroud 15 pts, 4 reb
Terrell Burden 12 pts, 4 asts
Chris Youngblood 11 pts, 3 reb
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Isaiah Thompson 16 pts, 4 asts
Chase Johnston 15 pts
Zach Anderson 12 pts, 5 reb
FGCU almost overcome being down double digits to come back and beat KSU, until Terrell Burden hit two go ahead free throws, with 32 seconds left, to seal the game for the first place Owls.
FGCU was led offensively by Isaiah Thompson, who scored a game high 16 points. Chase Johnston (15 points), and Zach Anderson (12 points), also scored in double figures in the game for the Eagles. KSU was led offensively by Brandon Stroud, who scored a team high 15 points. Terrell Burden (12 points) and Chris Youngblood (11 points), also scored in double figures for KSU. FGCU showed the fight that Head Coach Pat Chambers was looking for, and offensively hit 10 three point field goals, and were able to limit the Owls offensively to twenty-nine 2nd half points. FGCU will be heading back on the road, hungry for wins, as they will spend Thursday vs Queens University of Charlotte, and Saturday vs Liberty University.
FGCU (14-7, 4-4 ASUN) heads on the road to face Queens University of Charlotte (13-8, 3-5 ASUN), on 1/26 at 7 PM.