11/16/2010 12:00:00 AM
Men's Basketball Falls to Florida Gulf Coast, 89-78
Nov. 16, 2010
By Jeff Honza
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Leon Powell registered a double-double 26 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Southeast Missouri (0-2) fell to Florida Gulf Coast (1-1), 89-78, Tuesday night at Alico Arena.
Powell scored 10 points in the first 6:29 of the game en route to a 17-point first half. He shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and grabbed seven of his rebounds in the opening stanza.
Southeast trailed by eight (11-3) early on, but erupted for a 19-2 run to take a 22-13 lead with 11:12 left to play in the first half.
Powell scored eight points and Nick Niemczyk came off the bench to bury a pair of three-pointers to key the surge which ended on Zach House's jumper.
The Eagles regrouped by scoring 10 unanswered points and took a 30-29 edge on Sherwood Brown's dunk with 3:58 remaining.
Southeast later led, 37-36, at the half.
The Redhawks held the lead until the 13:29 mark in the second half, where Brown's layup gave the Eagles a 49-48 advantage.
Two minutes and 23 seconds later, Christophe Varidel knocked down a three-pointer to get the Eagles a 57-55 lead.
Varidel's bucket ignited a 16-4 run and the Eagles never looked back.
Southeast made only one field goal in a span of 6:23, and as a result, FGCU built its biggest lead of the night to 73-59.
The Redhawks managed to pull to within eight points on three occasions in the final 3:37 of the game, but that was as close as they would get.
Powell, who earned his second-straight double-double this season, shot 12-of-16 from the field and 2-of-7 at the free throw line. He also had two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.
Niemczyk followed with 13 points on 4-of-15 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws. Niemczyk drained three 3-pointers, as well.
Marland Smith added nine points and Marcus Brister chipped in eight.
Southeast shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63) from the field and made 17-of-34 shots (50 percent) in the second half. The Redhawks, however, went just 11-of-23 (49.2 percent) at the free throw line.
Reed Baker led three Eagles in double figures with 28 points. Anthony Banks and Marlon Rivera each followed with 16 apiece. Rivera was one assist shy of a triple-double with 11 rebounds and nine assists
FGCU heated up to shoot 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field and outscored Southeast, 53-41, in the second half.
The Redhawks will play their third-consecutive road game when they head to UMKC Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m., CT, at Swinney Recreation Center.