CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The FGCU men's basketball team fell to the University of Miami, 77-58, on Wednesday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Anthony Banks (Lantana, Fla.) led the Eagles with 15 points, but the Hurricanes barrage of three-point field goals was too much for FGCU.
FGCU falls to 0-4 on the season, and Miami remains perfect with a 6-0 record.
“We continue to get better,” said head coach Dave Balza.”I was pleased with way we ran our offense, we created some great looks but we weren’t able to capitalize.”
The Hurricanes scored the first eight points of the game – including a pair of threes by James Dews. A Malcolm Grant three-pointer extended Miami’s lead to 10 points, 19-9 with 9:45 to go in the first half.
FGCU decreased the deficit to eight after back-to-back baskets by Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla.) at the 7:19 mark. Brown scored all of his eight points in the first half.
Miami grabbed seven first-half steals and led by as many as 18 points before taking the 39-23 lead into the break.
Miami took the 20-point advantage, 43-23, just 47 seconds into the second half after back-to-back baskets from DeQuan Jones and Durand Scott.
FGCU could only get as close as 16 points and the Hurricanes led by as many as 26 with 6:57 remaining in the game.
The Eagles converted just 1-of-13 three-point attempts, and shot 41.1 percent (23-56) from the field. The Hurricanes finished the night shooting 40.0 percent (26-65) from the field and 36.1 percent (13-36) from behind the arc. Wednesday’s night game marked the second time this season that the Eagles have recorded 40 or more rebounds in a contest.
Banks and Brown scored career-highs, as Kyle Marks (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished with seven points and a team-best seven rebounds. Reggie Chambers (Miramar, Fla.) also added eight points to go along with his three assists.
FGCU returns to action on Dec. 1 for their 2009-10 home opener against Bethune-Cookman. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Alico Arena. For tickets, please contact the Alico Arena Box Office at (239) 590-7145.