FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Chase Fieler scored 13 points and Florida Gulf Coast easily handled poor-shooting Kennesaw State in a 67-49 win Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Bernard Thompson, Christophe Varidel and DaJuan Graf each finished with 11 points for the Eagles (21-10, 13-5 Atlantic Sun Conference), who finished second in the conference standings behind Mercer. Sherwood Brown added 10 points.
Kennesaw State's Nigel Pruitt made a jumper with 18:08 left in the second half to trim the deficit to 34-28. But the Owls (3-27, 2-16) pulled no closer, as Florida Gulf Coast answered with eight straight points to claim a 42-28 advantage with 13:46 remaining.
The Eagles took their largest lead of the game at 65-47 when Brown converted on a three-point play with 2:03 left.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.