Johnson, Acevedo Named FIT Athletes of the Week
By Florida Tech // January 22, 2014
Awarded for the efforts from jan. 13-19
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — A near upset for Florida Tech men’s basketball (12-4, 2-3 SSC) over No. 3 Florida Southern College (17-0, 6-0 SSC) and a double-double in a 63-62 win for women’s basketball (12-5, 3-2 SSC) over the Mocs (4-11, 0-6 SSC) were some of the highlights in a week of action for FIT.
For their efforts, Akeem Johnson and Rita Acevedo were named FIT Student-Athletes of the Week for the week spanning Jan. 13-19.
Johnson dominated the first half of Saturday’s SSC bout, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting as the Panthers led for most of the contest before a lay-up with 16 seconds remaining in the game gave the Mocs its first lead of the game.
Johnson finished with 23 points, going 8-of-10 from the field and added seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. The junior went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and hit both of his shots from beyond-the-arc.
The Fort Pierce, Fla. native has started all 16 games for FIT and has been the defensive stopper for the Panthers.
Acevedo’s 12 points and 10 rebounds helped the Panthers avoid an upset as FIT escaped Lakeland, Fla. with a 63-62 win to improve 12-5 overall and 3-2 in SSC play.
The senior guard scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half as the Crimson and Gray overcame a 10-point deficit. In 33 minutes, the Puerto Rico native distributed six assists and did not commit a turnover.
The Panthers host Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The women have a tough task, taking on the No. 3 Sharks looking to hand NSU its first loss of the season.
On Saturday evening, the Panthers host Eckerd College at Eastern Florida State College’s Titan Coliseum at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The men’s slate will mark the annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” game. Saturday’s contests will have free admission.