By: Matt Rothman, Special to Naples Herald
In their final regular season home game of the year, the FGCU men’s basketball team was unable to overcome another huge deficit, as the Eagles fell 90-87 to Lipscomb on Saturday, for their second straight loss and spoiling Senior Night.
FGCU(20-10, 11-2 ASUN) trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but was able to erase that deficit and come almost all the way back in the closing minutes, using the full-court press and coming as close as 79-78 after a layup from Christian Terrell with 2:16 left. The Eagles again push back from down seven in the final minute to close to 88-87 with 15 seconds left on a pair of Brandon Goodwin free throws.
But after a pair of Eli Cooper free throws on the other end, Terrell had two chances to tie after he missed a three, got his own miss and then heaved one up from half court, but couldn’t get it to go.
Goodwin led the Eagles with 28 points, and Christian Terrell for the second straight game had at least 20 as he finished with 22. Zach Johnson added 19, but the Eagles only had 11 assists on 30 baskets.
“Its like what we talked about the other day,” Eagles coach Joe Dooley said. “When the first thing you talk about is the amount of points you give up, its not a good thing. We got ourselves in a whole and a lot of it had to do with our lack of offensive patience resulted in us playing defense. “
Before the game, Joshua Ko, Antravious Simmons, Brandon Goodwin and Christian Terrell were all honored in front of a standing room only crowd at Alico Arena.
This game felt a lot like Thursday’s game versus Kennesaw State, as the Eagles came out with a lot of energy with a dunk from Michael Gilmore on the first possession, but had no answer after the opening minutes, as Lipscomb shot 58 percent from the field to grab a 38-31 lead at halftime.
The Bisons(19-9, 9-4) turned the ball over 14 times compared to the Eagles at 11, but knocked down five threes in the first. The Eagles missed eight of nine from behind the arc. They did not have Goodwin for most of the first half after he picked up two quick fouls.
FGCU got it down to one, but continue to struggle from three, as they missed two more, and Lipscomb brought the lead back to what it was to start the half at seven nearly eight minutes in.
“We have been here before, but we need to stop putting ourselves in that situation,” Goodwin said. “I think its me, C.T., Trey’s job as seniors to make sure our teammates understand the game is never over until the buzzer sounds, so we are just trying to do our job of keeping our heads up and staying together.”
Even though the Eagles know they will be taking on USC-Upstate in the first round of the Atlantic Sun tournament on Feb. 26, they still have one game left in the regular season to get back on track when they visit Stetson on Thursday.
The Eagles beat the Hatters earlier this season by 38 in their first meeting on Jan. 6.
at Stetson, Thursday
USC-Upstate, Feb. 26(ASUN Quarterfinal)
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