North Florida tops FGCU, takes command of A-Sun, 76-62

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Beau Beech had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Jalen Nesbitt scored 18 and North Florida took control of the Atlantic Sun men's basketball race with a 76-62 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.

Demarcus Daniels had 10 of his 15 points after halftime for the Ospreys (19-11, 11-2 A-Sun), who can lock up the league's No. 1 seed and home-court edge for the conference tournament with either a win over Stetson or a FGCU loss to Jacksonville on Saturday.

Marc-Eddy Norelia scored a season-high 19 for FGCU (21-8, 11-2), which saw its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Eagles lost both meetings with North Florida this season.

Julian DeBose and Jamail Jones each scored 12 for the Eagles. Brett Comer had 10 assists, but he and fellow senior guard Bernard Thompson shot a combined 5 for 23.

FGCU used a 10-0 run to take a 26-19 early lead, then got outscored 57-36 the rest of the way.

The Eagles and Ospreys will both host conference quarterfinal games on Tuesday night.

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