BUIES CREEK, N.C., - Roman Narmbaye (Chad, Africa) scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the year in FGCU’s 78-73 win in Carter Gym over Campbell on Thursday night. With the win FGCU improves to 7-13 overall and evens their A-Sun record to 3-3 while Campbell falls to 8-10 and 3-3 in the league.
Narmbaye set the tone early, scoring two of his 11 first half points on the first possession. The Camels were able to take a 10-6 lead, their largest of the half, at the 13:22 mark with a three by Jonathan Rodriguez. FGCU regained the lead at 12-10 on a triple by Landon Adler (Decatur, Ind.). FGCU was able to take a 23-14 lead with 5:19 to go after a pair of three’s by Delvin Franklin (Houston, Texas). Campbell closed the half on an 8-1 run to cut FGCU’s lead to 26-25 at the break.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw seven ties and the lead changed hands four times. The Camels took their largest lead of the game at the 5:20 mark after Jonathan Rodriguez drilled a pair of free-throw’s at 62-56. FGCU rallied, and overcame a deficit under the 5:00 mark for the first time this season, outscoring Campbell 11-5 over the next three minutes to regain the lead with the help of the three.
FGCU, which was ice-cold from the free-throw line early, drilled 5-of-6 over the final minute of the game to leave Buies Creek with their second A-Sun road win. In the second half, Casey Wohlleb (Boca Raton, Fla.) took over, scoring all 21 of his points in the second. FGCU was on fire from outside in the second half, going 8-of-13 from downtown and shooting 56.7% from the floor in the second period.
The Eagles recorded a season-high 11 blocks and shot 50.0% from the floor for the second straight A-Sun contest, both wins. The Eagles held Campbell to 35.9% from the floor and just 5-of-15 from the arc.
The A-Sun’s leading scorer Jonathan Rodriguez scored 24 points and added 11 rebounds for the Camels. Reggie Bishop added 13 while Preston Dodson added 11 for Campbell.
Wohlleb’s 21 led FGCU while Narmbaye’s added his 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting while picking up a game-high 11 points and also a career-high five blocks. Rob Quaintance (Glendale, Az.) added 16 points and nine assists.
FGCU now travels to Gardner-Webb on Saturday to complete a three-game road trip. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 pm.