Mercurius lifts Florida Gulf Coast past NJIT 57-55
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dinero Mercurius scored the last four points of the game with just under three minutes to push Florida Gulf Coast past NJIT 57-55 on Wednesday night.
Diego Willis made a corner 3-pointer to give NJIT a 55-53 lead. Mercurius answered with a 3-point play with 2:31 remaining, and then split a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to go. Following an NJIT timeout, Shyquan Gibbs missed a potential game-winning 3 with six seconds left.
Schadrac Casimir had 15 points to lead the Eagles (11-16, 6-6 Atlantic Sun Conference), who won their five straight home game. Mercurius finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Troy Baxter Jr. added four blocks.
After heading to halftime with a 33-25 lead, Florida Gulf Coast managed to hang on for the victory despite being outscored by six points in the second half. The Eagles’ 24 second-half points marked a season low for the team.
The Eagles leveled the season series against the Highlanders with the win. NJIT defeated Florida Gulf Coast 66-54 on Jan. 30. Florida Gulf Coast faces Stetson on the road on Saturday. NJIT matches up against North Florida at home on Saturday.