Boxscore
Belmont 83, Florida Gulf Coast 69
Saturday, March 3, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - University Center, Macon, Georgia
Officials - Rick Crawford, Marc Ellard, Freddie Williams
Attendance - 1121

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Florida Gulf Coast 42 27 69
Belmont 39 44 83

Recap


Belmont 83, Florida Gulf Coast 69: Ian Clark scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures as the Bruins won the Atlantic Sun championship for the second consecutive season.

Top-seeded Belmont (27-7), playing in its final Atlantic Sun game before moving to the Ohio Valley Conference next season, finished 5-0 in conference championship games.

Sixth-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (15-17), in only its fifth year as a Division I team and in its inaugural conference tournament, upset No. 3 USC Upstate and No. 2 Mercer to get to the final, but couldn’t hold a three-point halftime lead.

Belmont erased that 42-39 halftime deficit, but led only 51-50 with 12:41 left after Sherwood Brown converted a lay up off an inbounds pass for the Eagles.

Belmont quickly took control with a 17-5 spurt that put the top seed up by double digits for the remainder of the night.

Brett Comer tried to keep the Eagles in it, scoring 10 of his game-high 20 points over a seven-minute stretch as Gulf Coast trailed just 71-61 at the five-minute mark. But the Eagles, who shot 50 percent from the field in the opening half, missed 21 of 31 field goal attempts in the final 20 minutes.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Florida Gulf Coast came out red-hot shooting the ball, knocking down 14 of its first 21 field goal attempts (66 percent), and led by as many as 13 points in the opening half. ... Belmont had only four made field goals in the first 11 minutes, but Clark knocked down three of his four first-half 3-pointers over the final 8:36, including a long three with one second left.

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Bernard Thompson 26:00 3-10 1-4 2-2 0 4 4 1 1 0 2 0 9
Brett Comer 34:00 7-11 3-4 3-6 1 1 2 7 2 1 4 0 20
Chase Fieler 17:00 2-5 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 1 4
Eddie Murray 14:00 0-1 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 1 0 1 1
Sherwood Brown 35:00 3-11 1-5 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 2 0 0 9
Christophe Varidel 24:00 0-6 0-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 0 0
Filip Cvjeticanin 24:00 5-10 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 1 0 0 13
Ed Rolax 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Cantinol 23:00 6-9 0-0 1-4 2 4 6 1 4 2 0 3 13
TOTAL 200 26-63 8-29 9-16 7 23 30 11 19 8 7 5 69
  41.3% 27.6% 56.2% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 7

Belmont Bruins

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Drew Hanlen 33:00 2-7 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 0 6
Blake Jenkins 18:00 6-7 1-2 2-3 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 15
Kerron Johnson 38:00 4-8 1-2 5-5 0 11 11 5 3 0 2 0 14
Ian Clark 37:00 5-10 4-7 2-2 1 5 6 1 2 1 1 0 16
Mick Hedgepeth 26:00 3-10 0-0 8-10 4 6 10 1 0 0 1 0 14
J.J. Mann 18:00 1-4 0-3 0-0 2 5 7 1 1 0 1 0 2
Reece Chamberlain 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
Adam Barnes 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Saunders 14:00 5-8 0-0 2-3 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 12
Brandon Baker 9:00 1-3 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 4
TOTAL 200 27-58 8-21 21-25 9 33 42 11 16 2 11 2 83
  46.6% 38.1% 84.0% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 11
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