Offense Eruption in Second Half Leads Ospreys to Final Non-Conference Win

Offense Eruption in Second Half Leads Ospreys to Final Non-Conference Win


Box Score 
Score: North Florida 104, Florida National 76
Records: North Florida (6-9) | Florida National (11-9)
Location: UNF Arena (Jacksonville, Fla.)
The Short Story: North Florida scored 64 points in Wednesday's second half en route to a dominating 104-76 victory versus Florida National in the squad's final non-conference contest of the season. Garrett Sams led the Ospreys with 22 points.

Final Boxscore (PDF)

Garrett Sams netted a season high 22 points including a 4-for-8 performance from the 3-point arc while also grabbing a career high 6 steals
Noah Horchler recorded his seventh double-double with 16 points/15 rebounds
Wajid Aminu and Ivan Gandia-Rosa each chipped in 14 points
- Antonio Sims led a trio of Florida National players double figures with 21 points
- Osprey defense forced 24 turnovers for FNU including 16 steals
- The 104 point total was the first triple digit outing of the year for UNF

First Half Notes
- The first half featured 12 lead changes and 6 ties as neither team led by more than four points
Garrett Sams got his hot shooting night early, drilling an opening three-pointer than adding a four-point play minutes later
- Twice the Ospreys built a small advantage but the Conquistadors answered with scoring runs to get back into the game
- North Florida used a late 8-2 surge including a two minute scoreless span for FNU to hold a slim 40-38 halftime lead
- The squads combined for 21 turnovers (11 FNU | 10 UNF) in the opening 20 minutes
- Florida National shot 54% while North Florida struggled to just 38% shooting
Second Half Notes
- The Ospreys raced out of the gates in the second half outscoring FNU, 18-4, to build a double figure margin they would never relinquish
- UNF opened the run with three straight treys including one from Ivan Gandia-Rosa and a pair by Sams | JT Escobar added a trey of his own during the stretch
- North Florida expanded its lead to over 20 minutes later as a pair of dunks by Wajid Aminu and a three-pointer from Ryan Burkhardt capped an 8-0 spurt
- The margin remained above 20 for the rest of the game as UNF cruised to the home victory
- Ospreys tallied 13 assists in the period while turning it over just four times | UNF defense forced 10 turnovers
- #BirdsofTrey collected 8 three-pointers and shot 57% from distance in the second half

- Win marked the 200th victory at UNF Arena
- Ospreys remained undefeated at home this season (4-0) and extend current home win streak to 7 games
- All 11 North Florida players that got in the game scored
- Horchler's 15 rebounds were the second most of his career
- Most turnovers forced by UNF this season
- UNF improved to 20-0 against non-D1 opponents under Head Coach Matthew Driscoll

"It's good to be back home. The second half tonight was what we want to do, how we want to play, especially from an offensive standpoint. We put 13 assists with just four turnovers and did a great job of sharing the ball. We scored 64 points in a half and that's the way this team is built to perform. For whatever reason, we've struggled some on the offensive end. It seems like some of the guys are just caught up in trying to figure out what we do well and then doing those things. We are working through that but our last five games have been against some high level opponents that didn't really allow us the opportunity to work on it. The our guys credit, they came out in the second half tonight and played the way they are capable of playing." -- Head coach Matthew Driscoll

North Florida tips off ASUN Conference play hosting league newcomer North Alabama on Saturday at 5 p.m.