FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU men’s basketball team fell in their home opener 77-58 to Drexel. The Eagles fall to 1-1 while Drexel moves to 3-0 on the year.
Tramayne Hawthorne of Drexel put Drexel on the board with his first of five threes on the evening. The Eagles were able to even the score at four all after a dunk by Landon Adler (Decatur, Ind.). After exchanging short jumpers, the Dragons went on an 11-3 run to take a 17-9 lead. They increased their lead to 25-12 with 9:38 to play in the first, but that was as large as the lead would get in the first.
FGCU began to climb back into the game and trimmed the lead to 36-32 with just under a minute to play after an Adler jumper. Gerald Colds hit a three at the buzzer to give the Dragons a 41-34 advantage at the half. Drexel shot 46.7% from the floor in the first half and was 7-of-19 from the three-point line. Hawthorne scored 12 points in the opening half.
Terike Barrowes (Pompano Beach, Fla.) put back a miss, cutting the lead to five. Casey Wohlleb (Boca Raton, Fla.) followed with a three to pull FGCU to within a bucket. Drexel’s Frank Elgar hit a short jumper before Wohlleb drilled another three, trimming the Dragons lead to 43-42 with 18:53 to play. Terieke Barrows put FGCU up 44-43 with a steal and a lay in. It marked the first time this season that Drexel had given up the lead.
The score was 47 all at the 14:24 mark before Drexel pulled away. Hawthorne hit a pair of threes and a lay-up to spark an 18-0 Drexel run that lasted nearly five minutes. Scott Rogers buried a three with 9:57 to play that put the Dragons up 65-47. FGCU would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way, as Drexel pulled away for the 77-58 win.
Hawthorne scored a career-high 22 points on 5-of-12 shooting from long range. Gerald Colds added 12 points off the bench for Drexel while Scott Rogers added 11. The Dragons shot 55.8% from the floor and buried 12-of-26 threes on the evening.
Landon Adler scored 14 for the Eagles and pulled down a game-high nine boards. Casey Wohlleb and Terike Barrowes added 12 and 10 respectively. Rob Quaintance picked up four more steals on the evening and dished out five assists.
The Eagles are in action again when they travel to Iowa for a 2:00 pm tip-off against the Hawkeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.