After Reggie Reid earned Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Week honors on Monday afternoon, it was Zach Johnson's turn to make his mark for FGCU. The redshirt freshman point guard went off, scoring 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting, and almost led the Eagles to another comeback victory. Bowling Green was able to hold off the late charge, though, and the Falcons won 82-77.
"They took the fight to us from the get-go, and we were on our heels most of the night," coach Joe Dooley said.
The Eagles followed the same dangerous blueprint they've used all weekend, which is to dig themselves into a hole in the first half, and then make a big push in the second. However, tonight they weren't able to rebound from their 10-point half time defecit.
Despite the loss, FGCU got big performances from both Johnson and sophomore Christian Terrell. They were the catalysts that sparked the Eagles' near comeback in the second half. Of Johnson's 26 points, 22 of them came in the second half. Terrell finished the game with 21 points on seven of 11 shooting, and 17 of those points came in the second half.
"I think Zach being aggressive really helped me, helped open up lanes for me to drive, and drive and kick it out if someone came off to help," Terrell said. "I was just finishing around the rim pretty well today, more so than the last few games."
Johnson and Terrell were in the same recruiting class for FGCU, and Monday night they showed a glimpse of why Dooley wanted both of them so badly. After sitting out last season, the two finally get to play together, and they proved to be a dynamic duo against Bowling Green.
"Me and Christian are really close, we're good friends," Johnson said. "Everybody on the team, no matter who comes out, whoever has a great game, we congratulate each other."
Monday night, it was Johnson and Terrell who had the great performances. Though it didn't result in a victory, their success bodes extremely well for the future of Florida Gulf Coast.
- Demetris Morant had six points in 16 minutes on the court, and all came via the dunk
- FGCU was out-rebounded 40-28 by BGSU, and the Falcons had nine second chance points in comparison to the Eagles' two
- Julian DeBose started despite injuring his left ankle on Sunday night