Florida Gulf Coast outlasts Stetson 111-103 in 3OT
DELAND, Fla. – Anthony Banks scored 24 points, including the basket that gave Florida Gulf Coast the lead for good, as the Eagles outscored Stetson 17-9 in the third overtime for a 111-103 victory Tuesday night.
Florida Gulf Coast (5-13, 2-7 Atlantic Sun Conference) snapped a six-game losing streak while setting a school Division I record for most points in a game.
It was the third-most points in school history and the first 100-plus point game for the Eagles since a 103-75 victory over Fairmont State on Jan. 22, 2005, when Florida Gulf Coast was Division II.
The Eagles' Christophe Varidel led all scorers with 29 points.
Stetson (6-15, 4-6) broke the 100-point mark for the first time since a 106-95 win over Belmont on Dec. 16, 2001. Tyshawn Patterson and Joel Naburgs led the Hatters with 20 points apiece.
All but four of Florida Gulf Coast's points in the third overtime came at the free-throw line. The Eagles made 41 of 60 free throws in the game, while Stetson made 24 of 35. There were 67 fouls called.
Hatters freshman center Steve Forbes made a 3-pointer — the first of his career — at the buzzer in regulation from the top of the arc to tie the game at 67 and send it to the first overtime.
Patterson knocked down a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left in the first OT to tie it at 76.
Varidel connected on a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the second overtime to tie it at 94.
Stetson attempted a school-record 41 3-pointers with Naburgs matching the individual school mark with his 12 shots from behind the arc.
The 214 total points is the most combined points ever in a Florida Gulf Coast game.