COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FGC blows out Florida College to remain unbeaten at home
Nathaniel Henderson threw it down inside.
Bryan O’Boyle lit it up from outside.
Florida Gateway College’s duo was unstoppable Monday night at home against Florida College. Henderson recorded a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds while O’Boyle nailed six three-pointers to finish with a game-high 24 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 114-76 win over the Falcons at the Howard Center.
Seven players scored in double figures for FGC, which finished with 12 made threes and led by as many as 41 late in the game.
“It’s just fun,” Henderson said of the offense. “It’s something new everyday. We work hard everyday and we keep it up everyday.”
Za’Khari Cobb scored 15 more points for FGC while Kenny Brown and Jermaine Graham each had 14. Diamond Smith added 11 and Latravious Miller finished with 10.
The Timberwolves (3-2) bounced back after dropping back-to-back games to Florida State College of Jacksonville and Andrew College last week. Sending players to the foul line early and often cost FGC against Andrew College on Saturday night but that wasn’t the case on Monday.
The Falcons (3-3) only led briefly 9-5 early on before the Timberwolves took the lead for good with an 11-0 run. Caleb Evarett led Florida College with 22 points and Brian Chong added 15.
“We didn’t come out and give up fouls early and get the other team in the bonus where you dig a hole yourself and have to dig out,” FGC head coach Charles Ruise said. “Tonight we came out and took control of the game and it gave us an opportunity to take care of business.
The Timberwolves led 48-36 at halftime and saw the Falcons trim the deficit to 10 early in the second half. But a three-pointer from Cobb jumpstarted a 21-7 run to put the game away.
Henderson was the catalyst during the run. He had a steal and a dunk, a putback, another steal-turned-dunk, another dunk and a fast break layup all during the explosive sequence.
Those dunks sent the crowd into roar after roar as the Timberwolves improved to 2-0 at home.
“He’s a hustle player,” Ruise said of Henderson. “He’s one of those guys that’s everywhere and plays hard. When he does that, good things happen for us. He’s going to be an exciting, hard worker for us all year.”
The game really got away from the Falcons thanks to O’Boyle and Brown. The tandem scored 21 of the final 30 points for the Timberwolves, which included three triples from O’Boyle.
With FGC leading 99-68, the kids in the crowd began chanting “100! 100!” O’Boyle delivered almost instantaneously, drilling a three-pointer with arms raised to the fans as he pushed his team’s enormous lead to 102-68.
Brown’s basket with less than two minutes to play gave the Timberwolves their biggest lead at 114-73.
“We challenged our guys (at halftime) to come out and take care of the ball and share it as much as we can and do a good job,” Ruise said. “That’s what they did.”
The Timberwolves are back in action Wednesday night when they play host to Webber International at 7 p.m.