Kyle Marks scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the Eagles' loss
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU Men’s Basketball team wrapped up the O’Reilly Auto Parts College Basketball Experience Classic with a 73-69 loss to the Missouri – Kansas City Kangaroos, in front of a crowd of 1,143 at Alico Arena.
The Eagles came out and absolutely dominated the first 4 minutes of the game, scoring the first 12 points. UMKC didn’t get on the board until Reggie Hamilton hit a three at the 16:01 mark. The Kangaroos grabbed a little momentum at that point, closing the gap with an 8-2 run. A short time later Dane Brumagin drained a three to bring the ‘Roos within 5 at 18-13. A Reed Baker three and a lay-in from Christian Wolf extended the lead to 10 with 9:37 to play in the first half. UMKC answered back with an 8-0 run of their own, capped off by a Latreze Mushatt lay-in. Later, with just over a minute remaining, Ed Rolax swatted away a shot attempt from Trey McKinney-Jones, and Reed Baker immediately brought the ball down court and drilled a three, putting the Eagles in front 37-27. Led by Reed Baker’s 13 points, FGCU would take a 38-29 lead into the locker room.
The second half opened up as an offensive shootout, with both teams shooting lights out for the first 5 minutes. At the 14:37 mark the Eagles maintained their lead at 49-43. The Kangaroos continued to shoot well, drawing even with FGCU after a three from Hamilton at the 12:12 mark. From that point, the teams exchanged leads 3 times over a 3-minute span. With 7:30 left, Brumagin knocked down a three, giving the ‘Roos a 59-56 lead. Then, at the 3:00 mark Reggie Chambers penetrated and handed off to Kyle Marks for an easy two-handed dunk, giving the Eagles the lead, 65-64. The lead would be short-lived as Hamilton got free for a lay-up, grabbing the lead back for UMKC. After another basket by Hamilton, the Kangaroos held a 68-65 advantage with just 1:54 to play. UMKC’s Reggie Hamilton and FGCU’s Derrick O’Neil each hit a pair of free throws, advancing the score to 70-67 with 62 seconds left. FGCU’s Christian Wolf missed a lay-up attempt, but after UMKC’s Latreze Mushatt pulled down the rebound he was immediately called for a traveling violation, giving the Eagles another opportunity with xx seconds left. Delvin Franklin took the inbound pass and was fouled on his shot attempt, sending him to the free throw line. Delvin hit one of two, and UMKC’s Trey McKinney-Jones pulled down the rebound and was immediately fouled by Addison Smith. McKinney-Jones also hit one of two, keeping the lead at three, 71-68. Reggie Chambers missed a lay-up, but the Eagles’ Derrick O’Neil grabbed the board and was fouled. O’Neil made one of two free throws, and Addison Smith nearly came down with the rebound, but the ball glanced off his leg and out of bounds with 3.3 seconds to play. Reggie Hamilton took the inbound pass and was fouled, sending him back to the free throw line. Hamilton connected on both free throws, ending any hope of a comeback for the Eagles.
For UMKC, Reggie Hamilton led with 22 points, and also grabbed 6 boards and dished out 7 assists. Dane Brumagin turned in a solid performance, scoring 17, pulled down 4 rebounds, and added 3 steals. Latreze Mushatt added 14 points and 8 boards for the Kangaroos.
For the Eagles, Reed Baker was the high scorer, pouring in 17 points along with 4 boards and 5 assists. Derrick O’Neil added 12 points, 8 boards, and 4 steals. Kyle Marks contributed 12 points and 6 boards, and Delvin Franklin added 10 points and 5 assists.
FGCU will wrap up their 5-game homestand on Monday night against Florida Atlantic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.