SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
Buzzer-beater lifts Florida Gulf Coast past JU, 68-67
Senior guard Regina Omoite
Senior guard Regina Omoite
Kelsey Jacobson’s 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left capped a nine-point Florida Gulf Coast rally in the final four minutes to lift the Eagles to a 68-67 win and at least a share of the Atlantic Sun Conference title.

The Dolphins (16-11, 12-6 A-Sun) never trailed in the game until the final second, watching the Eagles (23-4, 16-3) finish the game on a 13-3 run.

Jacobson’s heroic shot, her third 3-pointer of the game, gave her 10 points – one of our four Eagles in double figures.

The rally put a damper on what seemed to be an impressive Senior Day outing from the Dolphins, getting 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists from JU’s Regina Omoite – who moved into the 1,000-point club with her outing.

The Dolphins had turned a two-point halftime lead into 13 less than five minutes into the second half – with Lynsey Paschal’s putback capping a 13-2 run to give JU a 47-34 lead.

Despite trailing by 10 with nine minutes to go, the Eagles start slowly cutting into the lead, cutting the deficit to five before two straight baskets by JU pushed the lead back to nine, 64-55, with four minutes left in regulation.

The Eagles rally started with a layup by Adrianne McNally and after Ashanti Williams made 1-of-2 free throws for JU, Jacobson hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to five, 65-60, with 2:33 left in the game.

After the two teams traded baskets, McNally went to work – making a layup with 1:15 left to cut the deficit to three, 67-64.

Omiote came down and missed a 3-pointer and fouled on the rebound, with Brittany Brown hitting 1-of-2 to cut the JU lead to two, 67-65, with just 53 seconds left in the game.

Crystal Grable missed a jumper in the lane that could have iced the game and the Eagles worked the clock, using their final three timeouts, drawing up Jacobson’s catch-and-shoot 3-pointer that gave Florida Gulf Coast its first lead of the day.

Jacksonville called a timeout, but the Dolphins inbound pass was picked off and the Eagles held on for the win.

The Dolphins hit 15-of-33 in the second half, but went ice cold in the final four minutes – hitting just 1-of-5 from the floor.

McNally scored a game-high 19 points and pulled nine rebounds to lead the Eagles. Courtney Chihil and Lyles each had 13 for FGCU.

The Dolphins got 12 from Courtney Jackson and 11 from Richardson off the bench.

The Dolphins return to the hardwood on Thursday as they face Lipscomb in Nashville. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. (EST).