FORT MYERS, Fla. – In front of a nearly sold-out crowd of 4,509 fans at Alico Arena, No. 25 USC withdrew in the second half for a 78-61 win over the FGCU men’s basketball team Tuesday night in the City Reunion Game. Dunk Street. The event featured the return of Trojans head coach Andy Enfield, who led the Eagles to the NCAA Sweet 16 round of 16 as the first 15th seed to do so. It also follows Monday inducting the 2012-13 team into the FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class.
The loss drops the Eagles to 1-2 of the year as they look to return Sunday at home to Eckerd (6pm/ESPN+), while Trojan, the first top 25 team play against FGCU in Alico Arena improved to 3-0.
“I think it’s a competitive game tonight and don’t think the final scoreline is an indication of how close it was,” the head coach said. Michael Fly. “The three to four minutes right before half-time really hurt us as the game was very intense and then USC played very little before half-time. We played against each other. against the teams now in Sweet 16 and Elite Eight and anyone who watched those games thinks this team can win those games.We don’t win morally, but when our team has played together as much as USC and Loyola, I think we have a chance to be a very good team – right now we’re very good at stretching.”
Small Cyrus Largie (Miramar Academy, Fla./Mater Lakes) lead the Eagles with 20 points upon graduation Tavian Dunn-Martin (Huntington, W. Va / Huntington HS / Akron / Duquesne) and high end Caleb Catto (Cape Coral, Fla./ Southwest Florida Christian Institute) each chipped in nine points.
High level Kevin Samuel (Codrington Village, Barbuda / Redemption Christian (Texas) / TCU) showed glimpses of why he was selected as ASUN’s Pre-Season Defensive Player as he made the highest 4 saves in the game while also collecting 8 rebounds and scoring 8 points. Sophomore Luis Rolon (Ponce, Puerto Rico / Central Pointe Christian Academy) had six highest assists teammates.
The Troys were led by Chevez Goodwin, who matched Largie’s 20 points while adding six rebounds. Boogie Ellis added 18 points and 8 rebounds, followed by 13 from Isaiah Mobley. Max Agbonkpolo rounded off the title of Top Scorer with 10 points.
Green and Blue took the lead 12 to 8, forcing USC to call a timeout when the game was less than eight minutes. A three-pointer from Catto pushed the Eagles’ lead to 15-10, their biggest of the night. Southern Cal responded with an 8-for-2 run to regain the lead before going on to run 7 to 0 a few minutes later to take the lead after finishing the half with a 35-27 lead.
In the second half, the Trojans pushed the score to 11 with 15:04 remaining, but the Eagles fought back and won within five with a score of 51-46 with just over 10 minutes remaining. However, that was close to when FGCU got the rest of the game as USC took a 12-2 lead to lead 63-48, putting the game out of reach.
USC used their size advantage on the low side to overtake the Eagles, 44-26, in paint, including nine second-chance points, compared with FGCU’s only four.
Overall, USC shot 49% (32 out of 65) for the game compared to 37% (22 in 60) for the Eagles. FGCU committed 12 sales, which USC turned into 10, while Trjoans committed only six overnight.
After Sunday night’s game against Eckerd, the FGCU will get a quick makeover when Rhode Island also visits next Tuesday night. Tickets are currently on sale for all games and can be purchased by calling 866-FGCU-TIX, logging in www.FGCUTickets.com, or visit the Alico Arena Box Office during business hours.
NOTE: Tuesday’s crowd was the largest since 4,711 school-record fans gathered at Alico Arena to watch FGCU beat North Florida to claim the 2017 ASUN Championship title.
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Michael Fly was inducted as head coach of the fourth FGCU men’s basketball team on April 5, 2018. He had previously served seven years as assistant coach with the Eagles. During his time with the Eagles, he helped FGCU reach a 190-136 (0.583 win rate) record, including six ASUN Tournament Finals appearances, three NCAA Tournament championships, three titles. ASUN Tournament and three ASUN Championships Regular Season, two NIT entries, CIT appearances and a run to the Sweet 16. He coached 13 all-conference selections while with Green and Blue, including two ASUN Player of the Year honors in Sherwood Brown and Brandon Goodwin, two ASUN Defensive Player of the Year picks in Bernard Thompson and Demetris Morant and an ASUN Newcomer of the Year in Schadrac Casimir. Of the top 10 players in career points at FGCU, Fly has helped develop eight of them, including All-Time Top Scorer Thompson (1,835). Additionally, the Kentucky alum has coached both ASUN’s all-time support frontman Brett Comer (845; 24th in NCAA history) and FGCU’s all-time leading starter player Chase Fielder (714) .
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FGCU teams have combined to win an astounding 85 league and regular league championships in just over 13 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of post-season DI qualifying , the Eagles have had a total of 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned the top 25 national rankings in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (21st, 2020-21), beach volleyball (20th, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) are three of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue finished in the series’ best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Director’s Cup and the top 100 was screened nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS organizations. In 2018-19, the Eagles had one ASUN and seven of Florida’s best teams winning the NCAA’s Recognition Award for Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also achieved a record GPA of 3.50 in the classroom during the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the overall undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. Each of the Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters saw another major milestone achieved as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0 or higher cluster GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – recognized as one of two runners-up for the first ever NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.
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