This is the team. This is the team that was a heavy conference favorite heading into the season. This is the team that could pull off a shocker come tournament time.
The deep Eagles squad had four double figures scorers as Christian Terrell showcased his shooting stroke. After going 0/10 from three on Thursday night, the junior guard bounced to go 3/7 from long range en-route to 12 points on the night. His continued consistency will be key if the Eagles want to go dancing.
“They just fell tonight,” Terrell said. "I was just having an off night that night. It didn’t have to do with preparation or anything like that."
Another bright spot, besides the 30 point win, was Marc-Eddy Norelia's return to 2015 form. With a smile on his face and that infectious energy, the 6-foot-8 big man recorded his second double-double of the season (12 points, 15 rebounds).
“He had a terrific game. Not just the offense, his energy level with the 15 rebounds,” said FGCU head coach Joe Dooley. “…I thought he did a really good job catching the ball in the high post and making some moves."
All in all, Florida Gulf Coast played one of its best games of the year to cruise to a 87-57 win over Stetson in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals.
Amidst all the cheering from Eagles fans, Alico Arena held its collective breath for a few moments in the second half when Brandon Goodwin hit the floor hard after a nifty baseline assist. According to a team release, he "bruised his hip, but is expected to play on Thursday."
“We’ll see,” Dooley said in regard to his availability for the semifinals “I’m sure he’ll be fine. He’s a tough kid."
Next up for FGCU is #5 seeded Kennesaw State on Thursday night. In the regular season, the Eagles squeaked out a five point lead on the road and pulled away for a double digit lead at Alico earlier this month.
“It’s just a regular game for us,” Terrell said.