Delvin Franklin scored 14 points in the victory
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men's basketball team rebounded after back-to-back losses at Butler and Michigan to knock off Army by a score of 70-61 in front of 2,234 fans at Alico Arena. Reed Baker (26 points, 9 rebounds) and Delvin Franklin (14 points) led the way for the Eagles.
The Eagles started out shooting well, opening up a 21-5 lead 7:14 into the game. Delvin Franklin shot especially well in the early going, knocking down 3 of his 4 3-point attempts during that stretch. FGCU worked hard on the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Black Knights 22-13. Three pointers were a big story as well, as the Black Knights made just 1-11 from behind the arc, while the Eagles shot 6-11 from three-point range. That 15-point differential was nearly identical to the advantage that FGCU held at the break, leading 40-23.
In the second half, the Eagles started well, extending the lead to as much as 25 points after a Derrick O’Neil layup made the score 57-32 with 11:42 to play. But the Black Knights would fight back, closing the gap to 20 points with 7:03 to play. From that point, Army went on a 17-2 run to bring the lead down to just 5 points, 64-59, with 1:46 left in the game. But Army’s Josh Miller missed a jumper and then missed a three-pointer on their next possession, allowing the Eagles to maintain their lead into the closing seconds. Reed Baker pulled down a couple key rebounds down the stretch and connected on all four of his free throw attempts to close out the game for the Eagles, as they went on to win by a score of 70-61.
For the Black Knights (3-9), Kenny Brewer led the way with 16 points on 6-6 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, as well as registering a team-high 4 assists. Jeremy Hence also chipped in 11 points and a team-high 4 rebounds, while John Moonshower added 9 points and a team-high 4 rebounds. Marcus Nelson dished out a team-high 4 assists along with scoring 5 points.
For the Eagles (5-8), Reed Baker led all scorers with 26 points, along with a game-high 9 rebounds. Kyle Marks also had a game-high 9 rebounds to go along with 9 points. Reggie Chambers handed out a game-high 5 assists as well as scoring 9 points.
The Eagles will hit the road for their next two contests, both in Nashville, Tennessee. The first comes on Saturday, January 3rd, when the Eagles will take on Lipscomb at 5:15 PM. Then, on Monday, January 5th, the Eagles will visit Belmont at 8:15 PM. The Eagles land back at home on Thursday, January 8th, as part of another Eagle Hoops doubleheader. The women will take the court first, taking on East Tennessee State at 5:00 PM. Then the men will take the floor, as they will do battle with Stetson at approximately 7:15 PM.