FGCU/STETSON RECAP

Deland, FL- FGCU (16-12, 6-9 ASUN) lost a close game to Stetson University (15-11, 10-5 ASUN), 75-72, Wednesday night from the Edmunds Center.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU shot 44.4% (24/54) from the field, 30.4% (7/23) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 33-28 by the Hatters. The Eagles dished out 14 assists, had 7 steals, and 1 block in the game. FGCU forced 12 Stetson team turnovers, while having 9 team turnovers of their own.

Stats (SU):

Stetson shot 47.3% (26/55) from the field, 31.8% (7/22) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded FGCU 33-28. The Hatters dished out 12 assists, had 5 steals, and 4 blocks in the game. Stetson forced 9 FGCU team turnovers, while having 12 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Isaiah Thompson 20 pts, 7 asts

Chase Johnston 17 pts, 4 reb

Dakota Rivers 15 pts, 3 reb

Outstanding Players (SU):

Stephan Swenson 23 pts, 6 reb

Jalen Blackmon 13 pts, 3 asts

Josh Smith 12 pts, 3 asts

Overview:

It was another instant classic Wednesday night from the Edmunds Center, between the Eagles, and the Hatters. The Eagles had their largest lead of the game at 9 points with 1:29 left in the first half, but Jalen Blackmon hit a three with five seconds left to cut the Eagles lead to 35-29, and both teams went into the break at that score. Coach Donnie Jones lit a fire under the Hatters as they opened the half on a 15-2 run. FGCU fought back, and almost tied the game up courtesy of a Chase Johnston 3 point attempt that was blocked by Blackmon with 2 seconds left in the game.

FGCU was led offensively by Isaiah Thompson, who finished 20 points. Chase Johnston (17 points), and Dakota Rivers (15 points) also scored in double figures in the game for the Eagles. Stetson was led offensively by Stephan Swenson, who scored a game high 23 points, and took over the game for the Hatters in the second half. Jalen Blackmon (13 points), and Josh Smith (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Hatters. Stetson is close to earning a home game for the upcoming ASUN Conference tournament, while the Eagles are trying to hold onto the 10th, and final spot to play in the tournament. FGCU now plays their final three games at home vs Stetson, Lipscomb, and Austin Peay, and the Eagles need to win out, to guarantee their season won’t be over on February 24th.

What’s Next:

FGCU (16-12, 6-9 ASUN) faces Stetson University (15-11, 10-5 ASUN) Saturday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.

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