INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The FGCU men’s basketball team concluded its nine game road trip with an 82-64 loss at IUPUI on Monday night. The Eagles are now 3-8 on the year while the Jaguars improve to 8-2 with their seventh straight win.
“We talked about IUPUI being a great second half team before the game,” said Head Coach Dave Balza. “I thought we did a great job defensively for the first 16 minutes, but they closed the half scoring on eight of their last 10 possessions to turn the game around. We went from up eight to down one at the break.”
FGCU came out on fire, hitting 12 of their first 16 shots form the floor, doing it from both inside and outside. Four deep threes including a pair from Landon Adler (Decatur, Ind.) who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor in the first half to lead all scorers with 14 points. Adam Liddell (Auburn, Ind.) got to the rim for a pair of dunks in the first half to score six for the Eagles. FGCU took their largest lead of the half 30-22 with 5:43 on a dunk from Adler, who was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after the play. That sparked a 10-0 IUPUI run that put the hosts back in front 32-30. Adler responded with a deep three to regain the lead for the Eagles. IUPUI would hit a pair of free-throws and a layup to take a narrow 36-35 lead into the break.
The Jaguars Austin Montgomery came out on fire to open the second half. Montgomery scored the first 11 points of the half for IUPUI to help the team take a 54-40 lead with 13:06 to go in the game. FGCU was able to trim the lead to 60-50 with just over nine minutes to play, but could never get any closer in a foul plagued second half. 29 fouls were called in the second half.
IUPUI’s George Hill, the preseason player of the year in the Summit League, led a balanced attack with 12 before fouling out, and also grabbed nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Montgomery was 7-for-10 from the floor and finished with a game-high 21 points. Billy Pettiford, LeRoy Nobles and Jon Avery each scored in double figures for the Jaguars.
Rob Quaintance and Landon Adler each scored 16 apiece for the Eagles. Quaintance added four assists while Adler added five rebounds.
The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday when they host Butler at 7:00 pm in Alico Arena. Butler, ranked 16th, is the highest-ranked team to ever visit an Atlantic Sun school. The game is also the A-Sun game-of-the week and can be seen live on ASun.TV, tickets are still available. For more information on tickets, call (239) 590-7145.