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Eagles coast past Jacksonville, 74-51

January 10, 2012
Special To The Citizen , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Senior Eglah Griffin scored a game-high 17 points as the FGCU women's basketball team connected for 11 three-pointers for the second game in a row Monday en route to a 74-51 win over Jacksonville at Alico Arena.

With the Atlantic Coast Conference win, the Eagles (14-2, 6-0 A-Sun) now are 8-1 all-time against the Dolphins and 71-8 all-time in the month of January.

The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.4), have drained double-digit three-pointers in 13 of their 16 games this season and now have 198 threes as a team. Five different players made at least one for the Eagles Monday, led by Kelsey Jacobson with four.

Griffin contributed three of the treys. Jacobson finished with 12 points, three assists and one rebound in 27 minutes. The A-Sun's all-time leader and the nation's leader (among active players) in career three-pointers (302), Jacobson hit 4-of-6 behind the arc for the second consecutive night and has made 25-of-33 from long range in the last five games.

Freshman Whitney Knight chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, three blocks and a pair ofassists.

The Eagles travel to Nashville to take on Belmont and Lipscomb on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

Florida Gulf Coast 77, Jacksonville 66: (AP) Bernard Thompson scored 16 points and Sherwood Brown had 15 as FGCU defeated Jacksonville Monday night.

The loss is the 12th in a row for the Dolphins (2-14, 0-5 A-Sun), matching their second-longest losing streak ever.

After a three-pointer by Keith McDougald pulled Jacksonville within 68-66 with 4:02 remaining, the Dolphins didn't score again. They missed four shots and two free throws and committed three turnovers.

Thompson scored eight points in the final 3:55 for the Eagles (7-9, 3-3 A-Sun), starting with two free throws. He added a jumper and then made four more free throws in the final 1:06.

Brown made all five of his shots while playing 18 minutes. His first basket, a three-pointer 18 seconds after he entered the game, gave FGCU a 22-19 lead.



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