GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Three players scored in double figures as the Eagles fell to Florida, 94-60, at the O’Connell Center on Wednesday night.
Reed Baker (Naples, Fla.) led the Eagles with a team-high 15 points. Kyle Marks (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and Delvin Franklin (Houston, Texas) chipped in 12 points.
The Eagles falls to 2-6 overall, while Florida improves to 7-2.
FGCU went up 5-2 early in the first half, but the Gators responded with a 12-3 run with 13:47 left in the first half. The Eagles continued to fight back as they went on a quick 7-3 run to make the score 14-13 in favor of the Gators with 13 minutes remaining. The run was highlighted by a Franklin three-pointer and a pair of Marks dunks.
FGCU kept it close for the next nine minutes thanks to Baker’s three-point shooting, before the Gators went on a 12-3 run to close the half and take a 37-29 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Baker led the Eagles with 15 first half points on 5-of-6 shooting from the long-range, while Alex Tyus led the Gators with 11 first half points. Florida outscored the Eagles in points in the paint 20-6 and also won the first half battle of the boards 24-15.
In the second half the Gators came out and hit FGCU with a 12-4 run to push their lead to 16 points. The Gators would stay in control for the rest of the contest as their defense forced the Eagles into 11 second half turnovers (18 total) as the Gators won by the final score.
For the game, the Eagles shot 23-of-55 (41.8 percent) from the field and 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from behind the 3-point line, while Florida shot 50.7 percent (37-of-73) from the floor and 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from long range. The Gators won the battle of the boards and out-rebounded the Eagles 44-32.
FGCU will be back in action on Dec. 13 at 3:15 p.m. when they host an A-Sun matchup with the Campbell Camels in Alico Arena.