North Florida Outlasts Edward Waters in Home Debut; Collects First Win

North Florida Outlasts Edward Waters in Home Debut; Collects First Win

Score: North Florida 98, Edward Waters 83
Records: North Florida (1-2) | Edward Waters (3-3)
Location: UNF Arena (Jacksonville, Fla.)
The Short Story: After building more than a 30-point lead, the North Florida men's basketball team had to fend off a late charge from Edward Waters in a 95-83 victory on Wednesday night in the home opener at UNF Arena.

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- Junior Ivan Gandia-Rosa netted the team's first 20-point performance, finishing with 21 points including a trio of treys
- Junior Wajid Aminu collected a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds
Garrett Sams (16 pts) and freshman Carter Hendricksen (13 pts) also reached double digits for the Ospreys
- Edward Waters had five players in double figures led by 19 from Jontavious Littles
- Marked the first win of the season for UNF and was the 10th straight over the Tigers
- UNF outrebounded EWC, 48-31, but committed 21 turnovers
- Ospreys were 30-41 from the FT line including going 22-28 in the second half

First Half Notes
- Edward Waters jumped out of the gate quickly building an early 13-6 advantage just four minutes into the contest
- UNF answered with a 10-0 spurt and seized a lead they would never relinquish
- The Ospreys outscored the Tigers, 24-11 over  the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza highlighted by a 10-0 run to close the period
- Gandia-Rosa led the way tallying 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field (2-2 3PM)

Second Half Notes
- North Florida continued the scoring run to start the second half, netting the first nine points to record a 19-0 surge around intermission
- The margin bloomed to as large as 34 points (79-45) with nine minutes left in the contest
- Edward Waters began to chip away at the Osprey lead, using a 26-5 spurt over a five-minute stretch to pull near single digits at 88-79
- During the run, EWC connected on eight consecutive three-point attempts
- The Ospreys settled down in the closing minutes and secured the victory

- North Florida was 4 of 5 from the arc in the first half by struggled in the second half, going 3 for 12
- EWC finished with 14 3PM for the game
- Aminu nabbed his 10th career double-double (1st this season)
- Hendricksen tallied a career best point total
- Ospreys surpassed the 90-point mark vs the Tigers for the 8th time in the last 9 meetings
- UNF tallied 49 points in the second half (22 from the FT line) while surrendering 55

"I don't like to switch lineups but we had to play some different lineups because of individual choices made by some of our players. That caused us some issues at the beginning. I didn't like our flow and I thought we self inflicted some issues. We turned the ball over and made some haphazard plays that allowed them to get up on us. I liked how we finished the first half and started the second half with a 19-0 run. We were up 79-50 at a media timeout and I told the guys that we'd given up 22 points in the half already and that was too much. Give EWC credit because they ended up getting 33 points the final seven minutes including eight straight threes. We subbed in five at a time as an experiment but that probably wasn't the best choice. We were hoping to allow some of our guys to gain experience and work on their game conditioning. When we put the starters back on the floor, they were able to get a couple buckets and stop the bleeding and finish out the game. It was disappointing to have to do that but hopefully it is a learning opportunity for this team. We have to come back out tomorrow and continue to grow and then head out early on Friday morning to face Wright State and then on to Cancun." -- Head coach Matthew Driscoll

North Florida tips off a four-game road swing Saturday at Wright State as part of the Cancun Challenge.