FGCU Notes: Eagles rout Siena; getting attention

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The FGCU men’s basketball team made quick work of Siena on Monday, routing the Saints 86-53.

Brandon Goodwin and Christian Terrell led the Eagles with 16 points each, who shot 52 percent from the field as a team. In total, four FGCU players scored in double figures, as Zach Johnson added 13 points and junior college transfer Dinero Mercurius scored 14, notching his second double-digit scoring game in as many on the roster for FGCU.

The Eagles led 40-27 at halftime, and led by as many as 35 in the second half. FGCU held Siena to just 30 percent shooting and held a 50-16 advantage on points in the paint.


After now two double-digit wins to open the season, the Eagles are starting to catch the eye of college basketball analysts.

“Two words to describe Joe Dooley and Dunk City this season: Upward Trajectory,” tweeted CBS Sports analyst Jon Rothstein shortly after the Eagles demolished the Saints on the road.

On Sunday, ESPN’s Seth Greenberg said that the Eagles starting backcourt of Zach Johnson and Brandon Goodwin “might be the best mid major backcourt in the country.”

“Both are winning players at any level. Joe Dooley has a squad,” Greenberg tweeted.

Greenberg’s words echoed what Illinois State coach Dan Muller said after the Eagles 98-87 win over the Redbirds to open the season on Saturday. Johnson had a career-high 27 points that game, while Goodwin had 21.

“Those two guards are so good,” Muller said. “They just keep attacking. I said before the season I don’t know that we’ll see a better backcourt than we saw today.”


FGCU announced three signings on Monday as part of the early signing period.

Zach Scott, a 6-foot-4 guard from Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy. Scott was ranked as a three-star player by 247Sports, and was rated as the recruiting service’s 25th best player in the state. Scott also had offers from Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Vanderbilt, and UCF, among others.

Quentin Jackson, a 6-foot-3 junior college transfer will be coming to FGCU from Tallahassee Community College. Jackson played at Charlotte as a freshman before switching to junior college. Jackson averaged 5.5 points per game in 17 minutes as a freshman. Jackson scored double figures is both of his games thus far for TCC.

The Eagles also made official a known deal, the signing of Southwest Florida Christian’s Caleb Catto. Catto verbally committed to the Eagles in September.

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