FT. MYERS, Fla.—Juniors Macy Miller and Madison Guebert both scored 20-plus points but it wasn't enough as South Dakota State lost an 87-78 nonconference game at Florida Gulf Coast Friday night in front of 2,234 fans at Alico Arena.
Miller recorded a game-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Guebert tallied 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and a season-high six 3-pointers. Freshman Myah Selland added 15 points and a team-high five rebounds.
FGCU, now 13-3, had four in double figures led by Rosemarie Julien's 18 points. China Dow and Taylor Gradinjan each added 17 points.
The Jackrabbits, now 10-4, trailed 30-18 after the first quarter, but cut the lead to 49-41 at halftime with back-to-back 3-pointers by Selland and Guebert to end the half.
Trailing 62-56 at the end of three quarters, the Jackrabbits used a 12-2 run to take a 68-64 lead with 5:29 left. Selland and Miller each scored four points in the run. SDSU hung onto its four–point lead, 73-69, when Guebert sank a 3-pointer with 3:51 to go.
The Eagles sank back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 10-0 run and take a 79-73 lead with 1:38 left. FGCU then outscored SDSU 8-5 for the win.
South Dakota State opens its 11th season of Summit League play Wednesday, hosting Omaha at 7 p.m.
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