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Second half lead in men’s basketball in Rhode Island, 67-66

FORT MYERS, Fla. – In a game with 10 draws and nine changeovers, that’s a pair Tavian Dunn-Martin (Huntington, W.Va./Huntington HS/Akron/Duquesne) free throw with 3.7 seconds remaining as the FGCU men’s basketball team overcame Rhode Island on Tuesday night at Alico Arena. The Eagles improved to 3-2 after their second straight win, while the Rams fell 4-2 on aggregate.

Dunn-Martin finished a game-high 26 with four major points in the final 22 seconds as FGCU rebounded from an 11-point deficit at halftime with a sensational second half. The graduate transfer from Duquesne scored 18 points in the second half and finished the night 8-13 from the ring, a perfect 8 out of 8 from the charity strip, and two more assists. It marks his 10NS career games with 20 or more points including his season-high 34 earlier this season at Loyola Chicago.

Caleb Catto (Cape Coral, Fla./ Southwest Florida Christian Institute) 4-eat-4 from behind the arc as he added 14 points, including a pair late in the first half to keep the Eagles close. High level Kevin Samuel (Codrington Village, Barbuda / Redemption Christian / TCU) won five points and pulled down eight game-high eight rebounds.

Four Rams have scored with doubles, led by Makhel Mitchell, who has 16 points, and Antwan Walker, who has 13.

After the 11-hour break, the Eagles dashed out of the burning changing room, leading 48-46 on one Austin Richie (Glenwood, Ill./Bloom HS / Northern Illinois / Triton College / Tulsa) three pointers with 12 minutes left in the game with a culmination of 16-4. Eagles

FGCU extended the lead to 58-52 as the Eagles used a six-point possession to take the lead during the night. Small Cyrus Largie (Miramar Academy, Fla./Mater Lakes) hit a three and get fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Eagles grabbed the rebound of the attack, allowing the graduate Matt Halvorsen (Kingsport, Tenn./Christ School/Western Carolina) to take down three others. That has peaked from the deep as the Eagles hit 77.8 percent (7 of 9) up to that point.

The Rams fought back and eventually took a 64-63 lead on Makhel Mitchell’s trick with 33 seconds remaining. Dunn-Martin responded by driving with 22 seconds to go, but the Rams regained the lead with Malik Martin’s two free throws with seven seconds left.

Dunn-Martin wasted no time, going straight to the basket where he had fouled, taking his game-winning free throw. Rhode Island had one last chance to save, but three of Makhi Mitchell’s goals went wide of the post.

Rhode Island had a 42-18 lead, but the Eagles made up for it by taking an 11-26 lead from the distance while holding the Rams 3-15, including 0-4 in the second half.

The Eagles will return to Alico Arena this weekend to play three games during the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday as part of a Thanksgiving celebration party. Green and Blue will host Western Michigan Friday night (7pm), Southeast Louisiana Saturday (7pm) and Purdue Fort Wayne Sunday (6pm). Every day there will also be a non-FGCU early game at 4:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 1:30pm on Sundays.

Tickets are still available by calling 866-FGCU-TIX, stopping by the Alico Arena Box Office or visiting www.FGCUTickets.com. Additionally, the FGCU Box Office is offering a Special Fan Promotion where you can get a dedicated sideline seat for the December 1 women’s basketball game against Princeton (7 p.m. evening) or the men’s basketball game against Dartmouth on December 4 (7 PM). That offer expires at noon this Friday, November 26 and can only be availed by CLICK THIS LINK.

For full coverage of FGCU men’s basketball, follow the Eagles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FGCU_MBB and online at www.FGCUathletics.com. You can also sign up to receive news about FGCU men’s basketball and other programs delivered directly to your inbox by visiting www.fgcuathletics.com/email.

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COACH FLY
Michael Fly was inducted as the 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 record 192-136 (0.583 win percentage), including six ASUN Tournament Finals appearances, three NCAA Tournament championships, three ASUN Tournament title and three ASUN Regular Season championships, two berths in NIT, appearance at CIT and run to Sweet 16. He coached 13 selections of all conferences while with Green and Blue, including two ASUN Player of the Year titles 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) .

#FEEDFGCU
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), organizations from selected by FGCU Athletics. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

ABOUT FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win a staggering 86 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 NACDA Community Service Awards presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

–FGCUATHLETICS.COM–

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