Eagles Clip Opsreys on Senior Night
Saturday, March 01, 2008

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Casey Wohlleb scored a career high 29 points as the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team defeated Atlantic Sun Conference foe North Florida 74-71 in overtime on Senior Night at Alico Arena. With the win the Eagles are now 10-20 on the season and 6-10 in the Atlantic Sun while the Osprey’s fall to 3-25 and 1-15 in the A-Sun.

Casey Wohlleb (Boca Raton, Fla.) added eight rebounds, while going 8-9 from the line to go along with his career high 29 points. Senior Terike Barrowes (Pompano Beach, Fla.) chipped in nine points, including 7-9 from the charity strip and Delvin Franklin (Houston, Texas) came off the bench recording eight points and eight rebounds.

Junior Tom Hammons led the way for the Osprey’s with 18 points.

The Eagles would trail by as much as seven in the early parts of the first half, but with a Wohlleb layup, the score was tied at nine. The lead would change hands a few more times through the half before Adam Liddell (Auburn, Ind.) and Wohlleb would hit back-to-back 3-pointers to build a 31-24 lead at the half.

The Eagle lead would go as high as 10 in the second half as FGCU was able to fend off the Osprey attack for most of the period until UNF went on an 8-0 run to take a 56-55 lead with just under two minutes to left after a Hammonds 3-pointer. The Osprey lead would only go as high as three, and with two made free throws by Wohlleb with 21 seconds left in regulation, the score was tied at 59. The Eagles would get the ball back still tied with 2 seconds left, but a Franklin 3-point attempt from half court went wide.

The Eagles got ahead and never looked back as they took control of the overtime period. Wohlleb hit a jumper 13 seconds in to take a 61-59 lead. The Eagle lead would go as high as six following a Rob Quaintance (Glendale, Ariz.)free throw. The Osprey’s would hit a couple of late 3-pointers to keep it close, but the Eagles would hold on for a 74-71 overtime win on Senior Night.

The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Milwaukee, Wis. To battle Marquette at 8:30 P.M.