BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Turnovers once again proved to be the achillies heal for the FGCU men’s basketball team as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss at the hands of the Campbell Camels by a score of 61-45, Thursday night at the Pope Convocation Center.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 5-11 (2-5 A-Sun) as the Camels keep pace atop the A-Sun standing at 10-5 (5-1 A-Sun).
The Camels got back-to-back three-pointers from Jonathan Rodriquez and Lorne Merthie in the opening minute of the first half to build an early 6-0 lead before Kyle Marks (West Palm Beach, Fla.) got the Eagles on the board with a lay-up.
With 4:55 remaining in the first half, Reed Baker (Naples, Fla.) drained the first three-pointer for the Eagles in just over two and a half games, cutting the lead to 30-17. The Blue and Green shot just 8-28 (28.6-percent) from the field compared to the Camels who went 11-25 (44-percent), including four made three-pointers as the Eagles never got within four points of the Camels in the first half.
Hunter Miller (Nashville, Tenn.) and Baker led the Eagles with five points apiece in the opening frame as FGCU turned the ball over 13 times. For the Camels, Merthie led all scorers with eight points in the first half.
Though the Eagles were down by as many as 20 points in the second half, they continued to battle and cut the lead to 49-35 as Miller hit another three-pointer and senior Derrick O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) cleaned up a rebound for a dunk. But a dry spell from the field doomed the Eagles as they hit just two shots from the field over the final 10:55 of the second half.
Rodriquez led all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Merthie finished with 11 for Campbell. Baker and Miller led the way throughout for the Eagles with eight points apiece, as no Eagles scored in double figures for the first time all year.
For the game, FGCU shot just 27.1-percent from the field (13-of-48). Campbell shot 39 percent (16-of-41), and scored 20 points off the Eagles 23 turnovers.
The Eagles will be back in action this Saturday afternoon as they battle the ETSU Bucs in Johnson City, Tenn. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. E.T. FGCU returns home to battle Kennesaw State on January 22nd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Alico Arena.