Wednesday resulted in another tough road loss for the Eagles as Dallas Moore and the Ospreys got the better of Joe Dooley's squad. Let's break down some of our postgame thoughts:
• For the first time in a while, Florida Gulf Coast came out with fire to start a game on the road. The Eagles were aggressive on both ends of the floor, getting to the hoop and also forcing numerous Ospreys' turnovers. Unfortunately for FGCU, they couldn't keep this up...but more on that later.
• Bernard Thompson seemed to exit his recent slump in the first half. Being more aggressive, the senior guard took some open looks and they finally started falling (8 points in the opening half). But when the Eagles needed him most, down 12 with time winding down in the 2nd half, he fouled out on a very questionable offensive foul call.
• Brett Comer had phenomenal dribble-drive penetration that opened up good looks for others, but it wasn't a great shooting night for the Eagles. The Winter Park product tried to bear the weight on his shoulders, but his 21 points weren't enough against an experienced and talented UNF team.
• The Eagles big men had a poor outing against North Florida. They all missed quite a few shots within five feet of the basket and gave up a few offensive rebounds late in the game that really allowed the Ospreys to extend their lead beyond FGCU's reach. However, this group of talented forwards have a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday as the Eagles battle Jacksonville back at the Nest.
• Chris Davenport was ejected early in this contest after back to back technical fouls for continuing to argue with officials. If UNF's second leading scorer had played the entire game, I don't think this one would have been any prettier for the Eagles. With the Ospreys at full strength, the Feb. 25 rematch will be quite the challenge for FGCU.
• It sounds simple, but the Eagles must string together two halves of good basketball if they want to win the Atlantic Sun. And while Stetson is a good warmup, FGCU must prove they are up to the test against North Florida, USC Upstate, and Lipscomb.
Stats To Note
Brett Comer: 21 points (9/19 FGs), 3 assists, 1 turnover, 3 steals.
Eagles shot 37% from the floor, Ospreys shot 50%.
FGCU had 22 points off turnovers, compared to UNF's 13.