Big Games Await Florida Tech, Starting Today
By Florida Tech // December 19, 2014
Livingstone Tonight at 6 p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Before Florida Tech breaks for one week, the Panthers are looking to extend their hot start to the season on Friday and Saturday at Claflin’s Holiday Basketball Showcase.
The Panthers (8-1) will oppose Livingstone (6-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Claflin (2-6) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be played at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.
FIT played a solid game all-around in its 87-81 win on Monday at Flagler. Five of the eight Panthers who played scored in double figures and two just missed double figures by one point. Chris Carter paced the team with 19 points, 14 came in the second half. Corbin Jackson registered his fourth double-double of the season and 21st of his two-year Panther career.
Both helped the team shoot 54.8-percent (34-of-62) from the floor and 50-percent (7-of-14) from the three. Flagler was held to 43.8-percent (28-of-64) shooting and the Saints were outmuscled in the paint, 48-30.
Jermaine Jackson has been held to nine or fewer points in the last two games, but he remains the Panthers’ leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. Corbin Jackson is nearly averaging a double-double, pulling in 15 points per night with 9.9 rebounds.
As a team, FIT is shooting 52.7-percent from the field and holding opponents to 40.1-percent.
Livingstone, a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, has not played at home yet this season. The Blue Bears are 4-2 in enemy territory and 2-0 in neutral site games. They went 21-8 a season ago and fell in the first round of the NCAA Division II Regional to East Stroudsburg, 99-98.
Earlier this season, they beat Rollins 89-82 in Charlotte, North Carolina. All of their games since then have been settled by 10 points or less.
This week, Livingstone beat Morehouse 68-67 on a layup by Eric Dubose with 2.6 seconds remaining. However, 24 hours later, Morehouse scored the eventual game-winning shot with 1:24 left to win 69-68.
Dubose is the Blue Bears’ leader in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Eric Mayo isn’t too far behind at 12.9 points per contest and he leads the team in rebounds at 8.6 per game.
Claflin has lost four straight games since last beating West Florida on Nov. 28. Each of those games has been decided by six points or less. Also nicknamed the Panthers, they were overcome Thursday night at Elizabeth City State, 73-67.
Adolph Caldwell came in off the bench and poured in a game-high 20 points and Arthur Talley supplied 16.
FIT last played Claflin in its season opener last year. Carter and Jermaine Jackson had a huge game combining for 58 points in the 86-82 victory. Carter also dished out 13 assists, while playing all 40 minutes.
Kendall Jackson paces Claflin in scoring at 10.8 points per game. Talley is on her heels at 10.1 points per game and Patrell Rogers is at 10.0. Claflin’s leading rebounder is Fare’al Walker at 6.4 boards per game.