Free Throws Plague Panther Men’s Basketball In SSC Loss

By  //  January 27, 2014

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Florida Tech falls to 3-4 in ssc play

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Despite Jermaine Jackon’s 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, his 11th 20 or more point performance of the season, Florida Tech falls to 3-4 in Sunshine State Conference action while EC improved to 3-4 in conference play. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Head coach Billy Mims stressed the importance of taking care of the basketball and free throw shooting.

With one more win, head coach Billy Mims will stand alone as the most winningest coach in Florida Tech (3-0) history with 126 victories. (Florida Tech image)

Head Coach Billy Mims (above), On Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Night, as the Panthers shot 56 percent from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 16 times as Florida Tech (13-5, 3-4 SSC) fell to Eckerd College (10-8, 3-4 SSC), 79-75, on Saturday evening at Titan Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Florida State College. (Florida Tech image)

On Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Night, the Panthers shot 56 percent from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 16 times as Florida Tech (13-5, 3-4 SSC) fell to Eckerd College (10-8, 3-4 SSC), 79-75, on Saturday evening at Titan Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Florida State College.

The Tritons capitalized on FIT miscues all evening, scoring 21 points off of Panther turnovers and outscoring 47-37 in the second half.

Despite Jermaine Jackon’s 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, his 11th 20 or more point performance of the season, Florida Tech falls to 3-4 in Sunshine State Conference action while EC improved to 3-4 in conference play.

Jermaine Jackson was 5-of-10 for 10 points and Chris Carter and David Usic each had eight points.

After shooting 60 percent from the field in Wednesday’s victory over Nova Southeastern University, the Panthers went 14-of-28 from the field in the first half to take a 38-32 lead heading into halftime.

Corbin Jackson pulled down seven rebounds and his dunk with 28 seconds remaining in the frame brought the crowd to its feet and finished with his 13th double-double of the season (12 points and 10 rebounds).

JERMAINE JACKSON’S THREE POINT SHOT

Foul trouble allowed the Tritons to score six unanswered points and tie the game at 38 to begin the second half.

FIT's Jermaine Jackson had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Panthers beat Morehouse to win the Hooters of Melbourne Thanksgiving Tournament. (Image courtesy Florida Tech)

The Panthers took a 7-0 run behind a three-pointer and a fast break lay-up by Jermaine Jackson, a steal by Isaac Spence and a lay-up by Corbin Jackson, giving the Crimson and Gray a 55-50 lead. (Florida Tech image)

Jermaine Jackson followed with a triple to give FIT a 41-38 lead with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game but EC hit its own from long distance to tie the game at 41 before connecting on both free throws to take its first lead since the opening minute.

After a media timeout with 11:48 remaining, the Panthers took a 7-0 run behind a three-pointer and a fast break lay-up by Jermaine Jackson, a steal by Isaac Spence and a lay-up by Corbin Jackson, giving the Crimson and Gray a 55-50 lead.

An and-one, two consecutive steals and a Panther turnover tied the contest at 55-all before a three-pointer by Alex Bodney gave the Tritons a 58-55 lead with 9:50 left to play.

TRITONS CAPITALIZED ON PANTHER’S SLOPPY PLAY

The Tritons capitalized on sloppy play by the Panthers’ offense and turned an 11-1 run to a 61-56 lead before Spence’s four points cut FIT’s deficit to one.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Upon checking in, Carter hit one-of-two from the free throw line and led a fast break lay-up that ended with two points for Jermaine Jackson.

The three points gave FIT a 70-69 lead with 2:58 remaining in the game.

However, the Tritons took a charge on the defensive end and finished with an old fashioned three-point play on the offensive side to take a two-point lead with 2:21 remaining.

ECKERD’S LONG DISTANCE SHOT SCORES FOR 75-72 LEAD

Carter connected on both of his free throws to tie the game at 72 with 1:59 left in the crucial SSC game.

Despite Jermaine Jackon’s 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, his 11th 20 or more point performance of the season, Florida Tech falls to 3-4 in Sunshine State Conference action while EC improved to 3-4 in conference play.

Eckerd followed with a long distance shot that found the bottom of the nylon for a 75-72 lead with just under a minute remaining in action.

Jermaine Jackson’s lay-up gave the junior guard his 27th point of the game and cut the Tritons’ lead to one with 35.7 seconds. EC connected on both of its free throws but fouled Jermaine Jackson with 13 ticks remaining.

A jump ball was called with seven seconds left and the Tritons made two-of-two from the line with 5.6 remaining to make it a two possession ball game.

Up next for the Panthers are two road contests beginning with Barry University on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.


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