Florida Tech Rolls Past LeMoyne-Owen 76-45
By Florida Tech // December 21, 2013
panthers advance to championship game today
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Florida Tech Panthers kicked off the 2013 CarMax Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon in the Clemente Center when they faced the Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College. The Panthers trailed briefly in the first half before taking control and cruising to a 76-45 win.
“What was most important to me and the coaches was that we would play with emotion and maintain our intensity the whole game, and we did,” said head coach John Reynolds.
The Magicians (0-8) scored the first bucket of the game to take a 2-0 lead. The Panthers however took control of the game, and did not trail the rest of the way. Juniors Kayk Wilson and Kaila Callender led the Panthers with seven points in the first half. The squad was able to take a 37-30 lead on the Magicians into halftime.
PANTHERS ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SATURDAY
The Panthers (8-4) came back out and resumed control of the game in the second half. The squad led by as many as 35 in the ball game, and cruised to the 76-45 victory.
All 14 Panthers played in the game, and the bench scored 46 of FIT’s 76 points in the game.
“We never took our foot off the gas pedal today, and I think that can be attributed to our bench,” Reynolds said.
“It is easy to ease up when you lead by 20, but we continued to play hard the entire game today.”
The Panthers shot 37 percent for the game. They were 7-of-21 from three-point range, and 15-of-18 from the foul line. The Magicians shot 33.3 percent for the game.
“We never took our foot off the gas pedal today, and I think that can be attributed to our bench. It is easy to ease up when you lead by 20, but we continued to play hard the entire game today.” — John Reynolds
They shot 1-of-9 from beyond the arc, and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Wilson led all scorers in the game with 15 points. Junior Rosie Hynes scored eight points to go with four rebounds and four assists. Senior Rita Acevedo scored 6 points, and six rebounds, and five assists. Ganasua Hall led the Magicians with 10 points. The Panthers forced 24 turnovers, while the Magicians forced 13.
The Panthers advance to tomorrow’s championship game at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of #24 Shaw and Palm Beach Atlantic. LeMoyne-Owen will face the loser of the second game in tomorrow’s consolation game at 12 p.m. ET. Live stats and video will be available at FloridaTechSports.com.
“Whoever we tomorrow we have to be ready,” Reynolds said.