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Eagles close out tourney with win over FGCU
GS Basketball
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Ike Smith and Elijah McCadden each scored 16 points, and Georgia Southern outscored FGCU by 20 in the second half to earn a 72-57 men's basketball win over the Eagles Sunday evening in the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic in Alico Arena.

Eagles of the Game
McCadden made 7 of 15 from the floor and collected a career-high five steals to go along with three assists, while Smith tallied six rebounds. Quan Jackson finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Simeon Carter and Trey Dawkins each chipped in eight points. Carter added a team-high eight rebounds, and Dawkins had three boards and a blocked shot.

Key moments
GS (5-3) trailed by 11 with 6:47 left in the first half but scored the final six points of the frame and outscored FGCU (2-8) 17-3 to start the second. Jackson's 3-pointer from the wing gave GS its first lead of the game at 41-38 early in the second stanza, and the Eagles pushed the margin to 47-38 on Dawkins' putback layup with 13:38 left.

Southern's lead never dipped below seven points the rest of the way, and McCadden gave GS its biggest cushion of the game at 68-53 with a monstrous tomahawk dunk in traffic with 3:57 to play.

GS missed its first 11 shots of the game but only trailed by two after a Dawkins putback layup with 6:47 left in the first half. FGCU took control of the game with an 11-2 run as GS went 0 for 3 from the floor and committed three turnovers during the stretch. Jackson halted the run with a pair of free throws with 1:37 left in the half, and GS scored the final six points of the frame to trail 35-30 at the break.

GS was without starters Isaiah Crawley and Calvin Wishart, who are out with injuries, and had just eight scholarship players available for the game.

Key stats
GS scored 17 second-chance points and netted 20 off of 21 FGCU turnovers. GS shot 62 percent in the second half, while limiting FGCU to 32 percent.

Quotables from head coach Mark Byington
"In the last two minutes of the first half, we got some momentum. We had back-to-back steals off of our press and were able to make it five points. That gave us momentum heading into halftime. We were excited to come out in second half, and we kept the run going and took the lead pretty early in the second half."

"It was a great response by our team after yesterday, and I'm really proud of them. We challenged a lot of guys to step up and play after yesterday, and they really responded. We didn't have a lot of guys available tonight, but all the guys who played stepped up and played well. It was a great team effort and team win."

Next up

Georgia Southern plays host to Carver College Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse.