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Rayjon Tucker scored 19 points and Florida Gulf Coast held off Kennesaw State for a 79-74 victory Thursday night for the Eagles' eighth straight victory

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KENNESAW, Georgia — Rayjon Tucker scored 19 points and Florida Gulf Coast held off Kennesaw State for a 79-74 victory Thursday night for the Eagles' eighth straight victory.

Christian Terrell added 16 points and Zach Johnson 15.

Kennesaw State (5-15, 1-3 Atlantic Sun) was within six with 1:07 to go after a 3-pointer by Yonel Brown and got the ball back on a turnover. But Brown was called for a charge and Tucker added three free throws in the final 25 seconds.

Tucker scored 12 points in the first half when FGCU (13-7, 4-0) took a 42-32 lead. The Eagles led by 14 early in the second half before the Owls got within four.

Kendrick Ray scored a career-high 31 points for the Owls. Brown added 20.

The Eagles had a 39-28 rebounding edge including 13-5 on the offensive glass, plus a 48-28 scoring advantage in the paint.

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