MONDAY, JANUARY 09, 2012
Late run lead FGCU past JU, 77-66
Florida Gulf Coast used a late spurt to end any hopes of a Jacksonville comeback to take home a 77-66 win on Monday night at Alico Arena.
FGCU (7-9, 3-3 A-Sun) got a game-high 16 points from Bernard Thompson, hitting 6-of-8 at the free throw line including 5-of-6 in the last two minutes, leading five Eagles in double figures.
Jacksonville (2-14, 0-5 A-Sun) was led by 16 points from Keith McDougald, who hit 7-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-7 from behind the arc.
“We played hard tonight and were in the game, we just made some mistakes late that cost us,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “You have to give FGCU credit. They made the plays they had to make.”
JU had battled back from what once was an eight-point deficit, cutting it to two, 68-66, with 4:02 left thanks to a McDougald 3-pointer.
From there, the Eagles scored the game’s final nine points but not without some JU opportunities.
Trailing by four, Aloys Cabell picked up a steal and turned the ball over on a fastbreak. Trailing by six, Russell Powell had a turnover on a drive in the lane and JU was unable to get back into the contest – missing its final four shots.
FGCU got 30 points from its bench, with Sherwood Brown adding 15 and Filip Cvjeticanin chipping in with 10. Chase Fieler had 10 and Brett Comer had 10 as well.
The first half saw JU get off to a fast, making a 3-point play on its opening possession, but trailed 40-36 at the half.
Jacksonville got 13 points from Delwan Graham off the bench, with Cabell adding 12 points and six assists.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday at home for the Sea Best Seafood FREE night against ETSU. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m.