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Comer Leads FGCU to 92-85 A-Sun Win at Stetson
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||STET|
|FG Percentage||.647 (33-51)||.397 (29-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.409 (9-22)||.286 (8-28)|
|FT Percentage||.773 (17-22)||.731 (19-26)|
HOLMES - 4
MURRAY - 4
COMER - 4
COMER - 2
VARIDEL - 2
BROWN - 1
DELALND, Fla. – Behind a season-high 24 points and seven assists from freshman Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) and four other players in double figures, the FGCU men’s basketball team came away with a 92-85 win at Stetson in the Atlantic Sun/CSS Friday Night Game of the Week at the Edmunds Center in front of 2,175 fans.
Comer scored 12 points in each half en route to the highest scoring effort by an Eagle this season, as the Green and Blue picked up their fourth consecutive win over the Hatters. FGCU (9-10) improved to 5-4 in the A-Sun with the win, moving a game ahead of Stetson (7-12, 4-5).
“Tonight was a full 40-minute effort from our guys,” said head coach Andy Enfield. “We played really well offensively and came together down the stretch at crucial points of the game. This was a great atmosphere for a college basketball game and I’m thankful that we had a lot of support from our fans that made the trip.”
Five players reached double figures for the third time in the last four games, as the Eagles passed out 18 assists on a 65 percent (33-51) shooting night from the field. FGCU’s season-best 92 points came on a season-high clip from the floor and 17-of-22 night from the free throw line that helped it overcome giving up 25 offensive rebounds that led 29 second chance points by Stetson.
Comer is the fourth player to reach the 20-point plateau this season for the Eagles, knocking down 8-of-10 from the field and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. Freshman Dante Holmes’ (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances/Oldsmar Christian) 14 points on 5-of-6 from the field were part of a 41-point night for the FGCU bench that shot a combined 14-of-21 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from three-point land.
Stetson was led by junior bigman and Delaware transfer Adam Pegg, who turned in his third straight 20-point game. Pegg scored 24 points on 19 shots from the field, but was dominant on the boards with nine offensive rebounds en route to a double-double. Sophomore Aaron Graham had 19 points in 21 minutes.
Trailing 49-42 early in the second half, FGCU turned the game around with a 24-6 run that started at the 16:40 mark and ended with under 10 minutes left in the half and the Eagles holding a 66-55 lead. The Eagles went a scorching 9-of-11 from the field over the game-changing run, while six players scored during that stretch.
The Hatters bounced right back, though, scoring 10 straight points to cut it to a 66-65 FGCU lead with 6:54 left in the game.
Coming out of a much-needed timeout, FGCU worked the ball to the middle of the paint to sophomore Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) who dropped a perfect pass to redshirt junior Eddie Murray (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) for an easy layup, igniting a 7-0 FGCU run that was capped by Comer’s second of three old-fashioned three-point plays on the night that made it a 73-65 count with 5:01 to play.
Stetson cut it to a one-possession game one time over the final four minutes, but FGCU was able to hold on by knocking down 9-of-12 from the free throw line for its third A-Sun road win of the season.
Sophomore Christophe Varidel (Versoix, Switzerland/Worcester Academy) chipped in 12 points off the bench, while junior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) had 11 points and freshman Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) had 10 points in a foul-plagued 18 minutes. Murray knocked down his fourth three-pointer of the season during his nine-point night.
The game featured 13 lead changes, including nine in the first half, as the two teams combined for 78 points in the paint. Stetson’s 25 offensive rebounds helped the Hatters take 73 shots from the field, but they were limited to 39.7 percent (29-73) and 8-of-28 from deep.
FGCU will take an eight-day break from A-Sun action, but will host a non-conference contest against Longwood on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Alico Arena. Tip time for the Green and Blue’s first of three straight home games is slated for 7:05 p.m.