FORT MYERS, Fla. – Junior guard Beau Bauer and senior forward Leon Woodstock combined for 29 points as Florida Gulf Coast University knocked off Barry University 58-40 Wednesday night in NCAA Division II South Region men’s basketball action at Alico Arena.
It was the second consecutive win for the Eagles (10-7, 7-6 South Region). The Bucs have dropped three straight to fall to 9-6.
Bauer hit 6-of-15 from the field, including two three-pointers and his only free throw attempt to score a game-high 15 points. He also added four rebounds and three assists. Woodstock connected on 6-of-9 from the floor and both of his free throws for 14 points, while also pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season. Senior forward Marcus Watts added seven points and six rebounds for FGCU.
Junior center Amadou Fall led Barry with 10 points and 11 rebounds, his third double-double of the season.
After a sluggish start saw the teams tied at 12-12 nearly nine minutes into the game, the Eagles went on a 13-2 run, capped off by nine straight points from Bauer and Woodstock, to take a 25-12 lead. Barry then closed the half on a 9-3 run for a 28-21 FGCU lead at the break.
FGCU held Barry to just six points in the first 5:38 of the second half and eventually built a 17-point lead at 50-33 with 8:24 to play. The Bucs scored five straight points to cut the lead to 12 at 50-38 but Bauer answered with a long three-pointer and Woodstock followed with jumper in the lane to put the game out of reach.
The Eagles held Barry to just 20% from the field (11-of-55), forced 17 turnovers, had eight blocked shots and five steals. The Eagles shot 45.3% from the field (24-of-53) and held a 46-32 advantage on the boards. It was only the third time this season FGCU has scored less than 70 points.
FGCU begins a five-game road trip with a pair of upcoming games in Hawaii. They face Hawaii-Pacific on Saturday and BYU-Hawaii, one of the top ranked teams in the West Region, on Monday night.