Florida Tech Men’s Basketball Falls to Saint Leo, 92-80
By Space Coast Daily // January 6, 2014
nine-game conference winning streak snapped
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — A new year began with Florida Tech (11-2, 1-1 SSC) in an unfamiliar position as Saint Leo University (12-2, 1-1 SSC) was a perfect 19-of-19 from the free throw line and its dominant second half was enough to defeat the Panthers, 92-80, on Saturday afternoon at the Marion Bowman Activities Center despite Jermaine Jackson’s 22 points.
FIT’s five-game win streak and nine-game conference winning streak dating back to last season was snapped. Jackson’s 20-plus points marked the seventh time the junior guard scored over 20 points. SLU was 17-of-23 from the field in the second half and shot 57 percent in the game, including going 7-of-8 from long distance in the second half.
Chris Carter finished with nine points and seven assists, David Usic added nine points and one block and Corbin Jackson reached double figures with 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and one block.
Saint Leo came out firing in the second half and took an 11-point lead with 12:59 remaining. FIT cut it to seven, but a 9-0 run by Saint Leo in a span of 3:15 enabled the Lions to take a commanding 16-point advantage, 72-56, with 7:15 left to play. Overall, FIT’s bench outscored the Lions’ 23-17 behind Cameron Stahl’s eight points.
TRAILED AT HALFTIME
Corbin Jackson connected on his second three-pointer of the season for the game’s first points. Usic proved to be too much to handle down in the post early in the contest with a five-inch size advantage over his opposition and scored on back-to-back jumpers to give the Panthers a 7-2 lead.
FIT shot 47 percent from the field, but trailed 40-38 heading into halftime. Jermaine Jackson led Florida Tech with 13 points, Carter dished out five assists, Corbin Jackson scored eight points and Usic added six points, four rebounds and one block.
For the Lions, Chim Kadima was 5-of-7 from the field, good for 15 points and pulled down six rebounds. SLU closed out the half with 46 percent shooting, but went just 2-of-15 from long distance.
The Panthers host Rollins College on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and the University of Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.