Davenport finished off the night with multiple highlight reel dunks, but also had 11 boards, 12 points and five assist giving him his second double-double of the season.
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Every single UNF player wearing a jersey scored a field goal and five players scored in double figures in the blowout win.
“What’s crazy is, the last two days we shot a ton of free throws on those two goals.”
UNF did make things interesting, but eventually lost to the University of Florida Gators Friday, 77-69, in its season opener.
Before they play UF in the first game of the season, check out the reconstructed men’s basketball team.
UNF’s head coach Matthew Driscoll whistled fervently into the dying minutes of the first round game, attempting to call plays for his players as best as he could, but his acute whistle wasn’t enough to stop the Eagles from taking control, and keeping it.
With 21 seconds left and UNF clinging to a two point lead freshman Ray Rodriguez, who had attempted only one free-throw all season, stepped to the line.
“He pretty much expressed to me how a sport could define somebody,” Wallace said. “He said if you work hard at something, anything is pretty much possible. We played basketball almost everyday. He was maybe 32 at the time and I was like 10-years old, so I was playing against these older guys.”
“We want to get hot going into the tournament and we were very confident coming into tonight,” Smith said. “It’s very frustrating.”
In UNF’s last three games, there has been a strong showing on the defensive end, but they have struggled to get buckets. UNF averaged 56 points per game in its past five games, compared to its 65 points per game season average.
During pre-game warm-ups Wallace was the most vocal player on the court. You could see the energy exuding from him as he stalked up and down the court, taking time to pump up each of his teammates.
Junior Travis Wallace led the team in more than one aspect Saturday night. His energy and vocal leadership kept the team’s head in the game, even when the Ospreys fell behind by 19 points midway though the first half. His presence inside and perfect free throw shooting (6-6) led all scorers with 18 points.
FGCU racked up 13 second chance points in the second half and shot wide open threes, hitting 52 percent from downtown. Five eagles scored in double-digits for the game.
“It’s a good league and every night you better be ready to play, and if you don’t buy into that or you don’t believe that, you have something seriously wrong with you,” Driscoll said.
“It’s a confidence builder,” junior guard Travis Wallace said, who notched 4 rebounds in addition to his 12 points. “It allows us to understand what we have to do. It doesn’t matter what team you’re playing, you’ve got to finish.”
Playing strong competition can reveal a lot about a team, including strengths and weaknesses. UNF showed they can hang with the big boys of the NCAA, playing well in spurts against Memphis and FSU, but if UNF wants a shot at the A-Sun Title they will need to make a few key improvements.