FORT MYERS, Florida — Beau Beech had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Jalen Nesbitt scored 18 and North Florida took control of the Atlantic Sun men's basketball race with a 76-62 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.
Demarcus Daniels had 10 of his 15 points after halftime for the Ospreys (19-11, 11-2 A-Sun), who can lock up the league's No. 1 seed and home-court edge for the conference tournament with either a win over Stetson or a FGCU loss to Jacksonville on Saturday.
Marc-Eddy Norelia scored a season-high 19 for FGCU (21-8, 11-2), which saw its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Eagles lost both meetings with North Florida this season.
FGCU used a 10-0 run to take a 26-19 early lead, then got outscored 57-36 the rest of the way.
The Eagles and Ospreys will both host conference quarterfinal games on Tuesday night.