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Morant has 7 dunks in 49-36 Florida Gulf Coast win over Ave Maria


FORT MYERS, Florida — Demetris Morant scored a career-high 14 points — all dunks — to rally Florida Gulf Coast to a 49-36 win over Ave Maria on Friday, ending a three-game skid.

Brett Comer had 12 assists, including alley-oop feeds to Morant for his seven dunks, including four in a row. Christian Terrell scored 11 points for the Eagles (10-5), who won their program-record 10th non-conference game of the season (previous record: 8 in 2012-13).

Ave Maria jumped to a 12-5 lead on a 3-pointer by Exor Torres but FGCU used a 12-1 run to close within one and trailed 13-12 at halftime.

FGCU pulled ahead 21-19 on a layup by Terrell, then Morant made four dunks in a row to spark a 16-0 run and the Eagles led 37-22. Later Morant hit three dunks in a row for a 43-31 lead.

Torres led Ave Maria (7-6), an NAIA member, with 12 points and Jelani Bonner had 11.

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