FGCU Basketball: Women fend off late rally; men lose on late bucket

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The FGCU women’s basketball team saw a 21-point first half lead evaporate, but managed to hold off Houston to win 76-71 on Wednesday at Alico Arena.

The Eagles(5-2) led by as many as 21 in the first half, 43-22 after a Chandler Ryan three, and by 18 with 9:19 left to play in the fourth. But Houston went on a run, 17-0 over the next nearly seven minutes while the Eagles missed their next seven shots and turned it over five times, closing all the way to within 63-62 with 2:39 to play.

Still a one-point game in the final minute, Nasrin Ulel hit a three with 37 seconds left to push the lead to 70-66, and after an offensive foul call on Houston for an illegal screen on the next trip down the floor, Houston coach Ronald Hughey got hit with a technical foul. Ryan hit four straight free throws at the line to push the lead to 74-66 with 27 seconds left and put it out of reach.

Ryan led the Eagles with 19 points off the bench, one of four Eagles in double figures. Ulel scored 17 points, while Lisa Zderadicka had 15 points and Keri Jewett-Giles added 14. Angela Harris led Houston with 16 points.


Brian Beard Jr. hit a go-ahead three with 14 seconds left, and the FGCU men’s basketball team blew a 14-point lead in an 81-80 loss to FIU on Wednesday to lose their fifth game in a row.

A three by Raysean Scott Jr. put FGCU ahead 79-78 with 42 seconds to go, and a foul with 27 seconds left sent Haanif Cheatham to the line for the Eagles, where he made the first and missed the second, making it just a two-point lead.

Coming out of a timeout, Beard took the inbound and took a three himself, the last of his game-high 21 points to give the Panthers(7-1) the lead.

The Eagles(2-7) had two chances to hit a game-winner, but Christian Carlyle’s drive at the basket fell off, then after Elhadji Dieng missed the front end of a one-and-one with 2.6 seconds left, Scott tried a half-court heave at the buzzer that bounced off rim and backboard.

FGCU once led this game 41-27 in the first half.

It spoiled a night where the Eagles got a career-high 15 points from Brady Ernst, and a 12 point and 14 rebound game out of Scott, now in his second game back after a preseason knee injury. Cheatham and Dinero Mercurius also scored 14 each.

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