FGCU’s seven-game win-streak snapped by Lipscomb
After winter storm Jonas postponed the Atlantic Sun Conference matchup between FGCU men’s basketball team and Lipscomb from Saturday to Sunday, Lipscomb ended FGCU’s winning streak, defeating the Eagles 91-75.
Forward Demetris Morant missed his fourth consecutive game due to a muscle bruise in his right leg. Before his injury, Morant was averaging 6.2 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Although FGCU had four of its players end the night in double-figures, the Eagles just couldn’t overcome the Bisons’ 19-made three-pointers.
Leading the way for the Eagles and scoring for the ninth time this season was forward Marc-Eddy Norelia, ending the night with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Olympic gold medalist Julian Debose had a solid performance despite the loss, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds and one assist.
Although the Eagles winning streak didn’t make it to eight games, Zach Johnson was able to continue his offensive dominance, ending the night with 13 points, five rebounds and one assist. Johnson has now finished with ten plus points in the Eagles last 8 games.
After having a career high 19 point performance against Kennesaw State, FGCU’s highest rated recruit, Rayjon Tucker, ended with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist, shooting a perfect 8 for 8 from the free-throw line.
In the first half, FGCU shot the ball fairly well, shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. Defensively, the Eagles couldn’t handle the Bisons’ Garrison Matthews who led a good shooting half for Lipscomb, scoring 15 points with 9 of his 15 coming from long range.
The Bisons shot 62.1 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from the three going into the breakup 51-38.
It was much of the same for the Bisons in the second half, as their lights-out shooting from behind the arc continued making 8 of their 19 threes in the second half. Lipscomb shut down the Eagles offense holding them to 32 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from long range. Although the Bisons shooting percentages went down in the second half, J.C. Hampton’s 15 second half points where enough to push Lipscomb past FGCU 91-75.
After being handed its first loss in nearly a month, the Eagles will look to bounce back in conference play, as they host Jacksonville at home Wednesday, January 27.