Florida Gulf Coast held off Kennesaw State, 74-64, on Tuesday night in Alico Arena, setting up an Atlantic Sun semifinal matchup between FGCU and North Florida.
It looked as if the Eagles would pull away multiple times in this contest, at first when the Blue and Green began to dominate the paint and had opened up a seven point lead with 6:11 remaining in the first half. However, with Kendrick Ray confined to the bench due to foul trouble, Yonel Brown furiously brought the Owls back into the game before FGCU retook a 36-34 lead into halftime.
Guard play continued to be key after the break as Brown drained a triple right out of the gate. But then it was time for FGCU's backcourt to respond. Over a three minute span early in the second half, Christian Terrell poured in eight points to spark an Eagles run.
With Kendrick Ray on the bench with four fouls and Yonel Brown exiting the game due to an ankle injury midway through the second half, it looked as if Kennesaw State was down and out. The Owls, however, quickly cut the FGCU lead down to just six points.
The Eagles then were finally able to pull away as they continued to dominate the glass and hold off the banged up Owls. Christian Terrell lead the Eagles with 15 points while Zach Johnson and Marc-Eddy Norelia both added 14 points as well.
The No. 4 seeded Eagles will now head to Jacksonville to battle No. 1 North Florida on Thursday night. The two teams split the regular season series, with the home team walking away victorious on both occasions.