FGCU Controls In State Rival Stetson in Friday Night Action

Friday, January 25, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Behind a dominating performance on both ends of the court that featured a 59 percent shooting performance and 31 points off turnovers, the FGCU men’s basketball team led from start to finish in a convincing 96-65 win over Stetson in the A-Sun/CSS Friday Night Game of the Week in front of 3,002 fans at Alico Arena.

The 31-point win is the Green and Blue’s second-largest in conference play since joining the league in 2007, as the Eagles (14-8, 6-3 A-Sun) sit a half-game out of first place in the A-Sun standings at the halfway point of conference action. FGCU and Stetson (9-11, 6-3 A-Sun) are now tied for second in the standings behind Jacksonville (6-2) who plays Saturday at 5 p.m. at USC Upstate on ESPN3.

All five starters reached double figures for the second time this season, led by senior Sherwood Brown’s (Orlando, Fla./Olympic HS) third consecutive 20-point outing. The starting five all shot above 50 percent to ignite a 37-of-63 performance from the field for the Eagles. FGCU’s season-high night from the field featured 44 points in the paint and 31 points off of 21 Stetson turnovers.

In the midst of his 7-of-14 night from the field en route to 21 points, Brown became the third player in the 11-year program history to surpass 1,000 points, while moved seven rebounds closer to becoming the first player to add 500 rebounds. Junior Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) was a human highlight-reel with a pair of crowd-pleasing dunks and a pair of blocks, but also added 19 points on 8-of-10 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from long range.

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