N. Florida’s balanced attack propels it past FGCU 89-74

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)J.T. Escobar scored 20 points on five 3-pointers and North Florida’s starting five all recorded double-digit point totals in an 89-74 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday.

Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored 19, Carter Hendricksen 18, Garrett Sams 12 and Wajid Aminu 11.

The Ospreys (9-8, 2-0 Atlantic Sun) were 30-of-60 shooting, including 16 of 31 from 3 and distributed 17 assists.

Justus Rainwater’s 3 brought FGCU within 28-24 with 7:38 before halftime before the Ospreys closed the half outscoring the Eagles 14-7 before intermission. North Florida led by double figures for the remainder and led 84-64 on John Endicott’s layup with 2:25 left.

North Florida has won three straight after a three-game losing skid.

Caleb Catto led FGCU with 16 points, Rainwater and Zach Scott each scored 11 and Jalen Warren 10.

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