FGCU/JSU PREVIEW

Jacksonville, AL- FGCU (12-7, 2-3 ASUN) heads on the road to face ASUN Conference newcomer: Jacksonville State University (11-6, 5-1 ASUN), Saturday at 5 PM from the Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 76.9 ppg, shoots 44.9% (516/1148) from the field, and 35.6% (201/565) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.1 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 16.4 assists, 7.4 steals, and 4.6 blocks per game. FGCU averages 14.3 team turnovers per game.

Stats (JSU):

JSU averages 76.6 ppg, shoots 47.1% (457/970) from the field, and 41.5% (170/410) from beyond the arc. The Gamecocks average 38.6 team rebounds per game. JSU dishes out 14.7 assists, 6.9 steals, and 2.8 blocks per game. The Gamecocks average 14.9 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg

6’3 JR C Cyrus Largie 10.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 10.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg

Players To Watch For (JSU):

6’3 SR G Darian Adams 14.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg

6’3 SR G Jalen Gibbs 12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg

6’10 SR F/C Brandon Huffman 9.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg

Overview:

Jacksonville State may be a newcomer to the ASUN Conference, but they sure are off to a strong start overall, and in conference play (5-1). The Gamecocks played a non-conference slate that included road games vs Wichita State, #6 Alabama, and VCU. JSU played Alabama tough losing 65-59 in a highly contested game in Tuscaloosa. The Gamecocks have won six games in a row headed into this matchup with FGCU. Head Coach Ray Harper, is in his 6th season leading the Gamecocks. JSU came to the ASUN Conference, after playing in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).

Jacksonville State is led in scoring by 6’3 SR G Darian Adams, who averages 14.8 ppg. Expect solid guard play between both teams, as we see Tavian Dunn-Martin (19.7 ppg) vs Darian Adams (14.8 ppg), Cyrus Largie (10.9 ppg) vs Jalen Gibbs (12.1 ppg), among other matchups. 6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel (10.8 ppg) faces 6’10 SR F/C Brandon Huffman (9.8 ppg) in the post, and we expect fireworks between the two big men.

The four wins in ASUN play for JSU came on the road against EKU, UNA, and Central Arkansas, and at home vs Lipscomb University. It’s an exciting matchup between the Eagles and Gamecocks, and one FGCU needs to win to get back on track in conference play. The Eagles head home after this game and will face EKU, and Bellarmine, and can’t afford to be 2-4 headed into those home games.

#21 FGCU/STETSON RECAP

Deland, FL- #21 FGCU (16-1, 5-0 ASUN) won their 9th game in a row, defeating Stetson University (8-10, 1-4 ASUN), 78-41, Wednesday night from the Edmunds Center.

Stats:

FGCU shot 39.7% (29/73) from the field, 30.6% (15/49) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Hatters 43-40. The Eagles dished out 19 assists, had 8 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 19 Hatters team turnovers, while having 8 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (#21 FGCU):

Kerstie Phills 23 pts, 9 reb

Kendall Spray 12 pts, 3 reb

TK Morehouse 8 pts, 6 reb

Outstanding Players (SU):

Tatiana Streun 12 pts, 7 reb

Kiya Turner 10 pts, 2 reb

Jamiya Turner 8 pts, 3 reb

Overview:

The Eagles dominated the Hatters, and continued their strong season, staying undefeated in ASUN Conference play. FGCU was led by Kerstie Phills, who finished with a game high 23 pts. Kierstan Bell was injured early in the 1st half, but returned back into the game in the 2nd half, so we imagine she was rested since the game was a blowout. The Hatters were led by Tatiana Streun, who finished with 12 pts. Yazz Wazeerud-Din continues to struggle for Stetson, and finished with only 2 points in the game. FGCU hit 15 three point field goals in the game, while only shooting 11 free throws overall (5/11).

What’s Next:

FGCU (16-1, 5-0 ASUN) faces Jacksonville State University (13-3, 4-0 ASUN) Saturday at 2:45 PM from the Pete Mathews Colliseum in Jacksonville, AL.

FGCU/STETSON RECAP

Deland, FL- FGCU (12-7, 2-3 ASUN) snapped a 3 game losing streak, defeating Stetson University (7-11, 1-4 ASUN) 93-91, in overtime Tuesday night from the Edmunds Center.

Stats:

FGCU shot 47.0% (31/66) from the field, 44.1% (15/34) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 43-32 by the Hatters. The Eagles dished out 20 assists, had 9 steals, and 3 blocks in the game. FGCU forced 17 Hatters team turnovers while having 13 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Tavian Dunn-Martin 30 pts, 7 asts

Matt Halvorsen 13 pts, 3 reb

Zach Anderson 9 pts, 5 reb

Outstanding Players (SU):

Alvin Tumblin 22 pts, 9 reb

Josh Smith 18 pts, 7 reb

Stephan Swanson 16 pts, 4 asts

Overview:

The Eagles played another horrendous 2nd half Tuesday night, blowing a 15 point halftime lead to a Stetson team that was without leading scorer Rob Perry (15.9 ppg), and Mahamadou Diawara (6.2 ppg). All five of Stetson’s starters finished in double figures in scoring in the game. FGCU was led by Tavian Dunn-Martin (30 pts), who paced the Eagles and carried them to victory.

It’s still getting difficult to not see this team game plan to contain players that are giving them problems. Josh Smith was having his way at times with Kevin Samuel outside of the key as Smith just missed a double double (18 pts, 7 reb). Christiaan Jones (14 pts, 14 reb) had a huge 2nd half offensively, scoring the first six points as part of an 8-0 run to begin the 2nd half, as the Hatters climbed back into this game. The Hatters had their largest lead of the game with 41 seconds left, 82-78, but Kevin Samuel had 4 points to force overtime for the Eagles. Congrats to Kevin, who also set an FGCU single season blocked shots record (52) Tuesday night.

In the overtime period, the Eagles free throw shooting won them the game, as FGCU shot 9/10 (90%) vs the Hatters. Caleb Catto scored 4 of his 6 points in the game from the free throw line in overtime, and was vital in the victory. You hate to see this team continue to blow halftime leads but you take the road victory, and head to Jacksonville State looking to defeat an ASUN newcomer who is undefeated in ASUN play (4-0).

What’s Next:

FGCU (12-7, 2-3 ASUN) stays on the road to face Jacksonville State University (11-6, 4-0 ASUN), Saturday at 5 PM from the Pete Matthews Colliseum in Jacksonville, AL.

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