NASSAU, Bahamas – Fueled by a 39-point first quarter and a 56 percent shooting night from the field, the FGCU men’s basketball team shot the lights out of Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium during a 121-78 win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars in its final game of the Summer of Thunder Tour Friday evening.
Six of FGCU’s seven players reached double figures, while three reached the 20-piont plateau. Sophomore Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) led all scorers with 28 points, while senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) and junior Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) each added 22 points.
FGCU finishes its Summer of Thunder Bahamas tour with a 3-0 record, averaging 111 points per game with 34 three-pointers. The Eagles’ three games in three-day schedule featured a 110-95 win over the Commonwealth Bank Giants on Wednesday, a 102-69 triumph over the Mailboat Cybots on Thursday and tonight’s victory.
“I’m really pleased with the way we played over the last three days,” said head coach Andy Enfield. “We executed well on the offensive end during this trip, but tonight was our best performance. Our players will benefit a lot from this trip and the extra practice time leading up to it from a basketball standpoint, but it’s also been a good way for our guys to continue to grow as a team.”
Holding a 113-75 lead with four minutes left after six straight points from Brown that featured a three and a breakaway dunk, the lights in the gym went out and only recovered back to a fine dining level as the two teams played out the game. The lights and nets of the Isaacs Gym were victim to FGCU’s 48-of-85 shooting night that included a 43 percent clip (12-28) from beyond the arc.
Returning to full form after sitting out much of Thursday’s game with tightness, sophomore point guard Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. Comer was nearly joined the double-digit assist party, as freshman DaJuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy) added nine helpers of his own. As a team, the Eagles had 26 assists.
Not if shooting 56 percent from the floor wasn’t enough, FGCU was able to haul in 21 offensive rebounds to help aid its 121-point night. Sophomore Filip Cvjeticanin (Zagreb, Croatia/American School of Madrid) also had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive. Brown added nine rebounds and Thompson had eight to help FGCU finish with a 44-31 advantage on the boards.
Thompson had 22 of his 28 in the first half and was 10-of-22 from the floor for the game. Fieler, like Thompson, made four triples and added four highlight reel dunks on breakaways and alley-oops. Brown went 9-of-13 from the field, while senior Eddie Murray (North Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) added 12 points to round out the double figure scorers.
With FGCU holding a 16-14 lead a little over four minutes into the quarter, the Eagles reeled off 10 straight points, including eight from Thompson, to take its first double figure lead of the contest at 28-16.
Following a bucket by the All-Stars, Brown and Comer helped FGCU finish the opening quarter on an 11-2 spurt, accounting for nine of the points. Comer brought the frame to an end it style, knocking down a three-pointer from the right baseline before the buzzer sounded with the Green and Blue leading 39-20. FGCU made 14-of-20 from the field in the opening 10 minutes.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Comer early in the second quarter gave FGCU a 42-21 lead over the All-Stars, as it never saw its lead dip below 20 points over the final 29 minutes of the game.
The Grand Bahamas All-Stars are part of the “Summer of Thunder,” hosting games against Norfolk State, Arizona, Indiana State, Tulane, UNC-Charlotte, Morgan State, Central Michigan and Cal State Bakersfield in the month of August.
Fans and media can continue to follow the Eagles leading up to and during the 2012-13 season through several social media outlets. Live in-game updates will be available on twitter, recaps and postgame interviews on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com, while pictures will also be available on twitter and the team’s Instagram and Facebook pages. A full listing of FGCU men’s basketball’s social media outlets is below.