Casey Wohlleb led FGCU with 19 points in a 72-69 win over USC Upstate. Dennis Snyder Photo
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Eagles shot 54.5% from the field including 65% in the second half to erase a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Atlantic Sun Conference foe USC-Upstate 72-69 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory the Eagles move to 9-15 and 5-6 in the A-Sun, while the Spartans fall to 6-19 and 4-7 in the A-Sun.
Senior Casey Wohlleb (Boca Raton, Fla.) had 19 points while shooting 6-8 from the line. Junior Landon Adler (Decatur, Ind.) tallied 16 points and seven boards. Senior Rob Quaintance (Glendale, Ariz.) had six points and dished out eight assists, while senior Terike Barrowes (Pompano Beach, Fla.) had 10 points and six boards.
Luke Payne led the way for the Spartans recording 15 points on 7-12 shooting, while Jeremy Byrd and Josh Chavis had 12 points each.
The Spartans would go on a 10-2 run in the last 4:29 of the half, keeping the Eagles with only two points through the remainder of the half to build a 36-24 halftime advantage.
The Eagles would come out firing in the second half, working to erase a 12-point deficit. Wohlleb would hit two 3-pointers and a free throw to cap a 10-2 run for the Eagles that cut the lead to 38-34 with 16:16 to go. Eight minutes later the Eagles took a 53-52 lead, their first since early in the game, on a Yavney Neptune (Port Charlotte, Fla.) free throw. FGCU took the lead for good when Delvin Franklin (Houston, Texas) drilled a 3-pointer to put FGCU up 60-58. The Eagles shot a blistering 72.7% from outside in the second half and outscored USC Upstate 48-33 in the second half to fuel the rally.
FGCU hits the road for three straight games away from Alico Arena and will be back home February 28th against Jacksonville at 7:15 P.M.