FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite a career night for freshman Brett Williams, the FGCU men’s basketball team came up short on Saturday night, falling to the Camels of Campbell University 64-52 at Alico Arena. The Eagles held a one-point lead at halftime, but an 11-0 run in the latter stages of the game helped Campbell pull away for the win.
With the loss, the Eagles drop to 7-17 overall and 4-11 in the A-Sun, while Campbell improves to 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the conference.
Campbell used a 10-0 run to take a 12-4 lead with 12:34 left in the first half. During that stretch, the Eagles shot 0-of-5 from the field.
FGCU’s shooting heated up as they connected on three of their next four shots, aiding in a 9-0 run that gave them their second lead of the game, 14-13 with 7:48 remaining in the first.
Both teams traded baskets late in the first half with FGCU going on a short 5-0 run and taking a 21-18 lead with 2:46 remaining. The Blue and Green would hold a one-point advantage (25-24) going into the halftime break.
Lorne Merthie connected with a trey 26 seconds into the second half to give Campbell a 27-25 advantage. The lead would change hands four times over the next five minutes, with the Camels ahead 36-35 at the 14:20 mark.
Anthony Banks (Lantana, Fla.) knocked down a free throw with 10:44 to play, pulling FGCU within two points (44-42). The Camels rattled off 11 straight points, putting Campbell ahead 55-42 with 5:29 remaining. The Camels would go on to win 64-52.
Brett Williams (Oviedo, Fla.) scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Williams scored the last 10 points of the game for FGCU and was the only Eagle to make a three-pointer.
Banks added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a team-high six rebounds. Reggie Chambers (Miramar, Fla.) dished out a team-high six assists in addition to scoring seven points.
Merthie led four Camels in double figures with 16 points and five assists. Taylor chipped in with 13 points, while Kyle Vejraska and Jonathan Rodriguez each tallied 11 points.
The Blue and Green hit the road for a pair of conference games next weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. FGCU will visit the Jacksonville Dolphins on Thursday, February 11, at 7:15 p.m., followed by a matchup with the Ospreys of North Florida on Saturday, February 13, at 7 p.m.
The Eagles land back at home in Alico Arena Thursday, February 18, for another Eagle hoops doubleheader. The women will take on Lipscomb at 5:15 p.m., with the men’s game set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s.