Men's Basketball Falls to FGCU, 70-54
Nov. 25, 2017
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Brandon Goodwin scored 19 points and Zach Johnson tallied 17 to lift FGCU (4-2) over Navy (4-3), 70-54, on Saturday at the Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout in Alico Arena. FGCU was an NCAA Tournament team in each of the last two seasons.
Navy senior guard Shawn Anderson became the 24th Midshipman to score 1,000 career points on Saturday when he drove past two FGCU defenders for a layup with 10:39 remaining in the first half. Anderson achieved the milestone in his 101st career game and he now has 1,012 career points.
Navy struggled offensively on Saturday, shooting just 35 percent from the floor (20-of-58) and just 11 percent on 3-pointers (2-of-18). Navy was 0-of-7 on 3-pointers in the critical second half when the Eagles outscored the visitors 42-28 to take control of the game.
"It was very challenging game for us offensively tonight," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "We missed 9 or 10 one-foot shots right at the basket, and we were just 2-of-18 on 3-pointers. We did some good things defensively at times, but it's really hard to overcome a poor shooting night like we had here tonight."
Christian Terrell had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles.
The teams played a close opening half with FGCU holding a slim margin until Navy used a 9-2 run to turn an 18-15 deficit to a 24-20 lead with three minutes remaining in the period. Navy got back-to-back offensive putbacks from sophomore center Evan Wieck and Dulin to open the run. Anderson then scoring a driving layup and Dulin knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner.
FGCU responded right back with an 8-0 run that was keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Goodwin and Terrell. Goodwin then made two free throws to push FGCU's lead to four before Navy's Mo Lewis made two free throws to cut the halftime margin to 28-26.
Navy shot just 31 percent from the floor in the first half (10-of-32).
Lacey led Navy's offensive efforts to open the second half by scoring Navy's first 10 points in the period. Lacey had a highlight reel dunk over FGCU's 6-foot-10, 250-pound Rickey Doyle and then followed with an and-1 layup. Lacey would score a driving layup and three more layups, but another Midshipman wouldn't score until 9:33 left in the second half. At that point FGCU was leading by 13 points at 49-36.
FGCU's lead grew to 22 points after Goodwin and Terrell hit 3-pointers with four minutes left, and Lewis helped Navy chip away at the lead by scoring the team's final six points on the contest on a baseline jumper, two free throws and a layup.
Navy will be right back in action just 15 hours after the conclusion on Saturday's game when facing Denver in its third and final game of the Shootout on Sunday at 12 noon.
-- Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) November 26, 2017