Eastern Florida Basketball Win Fifth Straight
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida // December 4, 2014
improves record to 9-1 on the season
ABOVE VIDEO: The men’s basketball team at Eastern Florida State College talk about their goals on media day.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s men’s basketball team closed the first half with a 33-10 run and went on to beat TAAG Academy of Tampa 84-55 on Tuesday in the Melbourne Campus gym.
The victory, EFSC’s fifth straight, moved its record to 9-1. It also was EFSC’s 35th straight home court victory and gave head coach Jeremy Shulman his 98th victory in his five seasons with the Titans. But, it didn’t come easy.
“Especially the second half our guys wanted to make sure I had a lot to get upset about, they wanted to make sure I had a lot to watch on film and make sure I had a lot to fuss about at practice tomorrow,” Shulman said.
“They don’t make it easy on me. I’ll be honest I thought our first half was really, really good.”
EFSC rocketed from a 13-12 lead to a 27-12 advantage over the space of four minutes and led at the half 46-22.
“Putting up 46 points,” Shulman said. “Defensively we were awesome. I couldn’t have been more proud of the guys in the first half. I thought all the hard work we’ve done in practice . . . I saw some improvement.
“The second half we got complacent, we got lazy. It’s unacceptable. I love this group of guys but they definitely left some room for me to fuss about.”
The Titans led 70-41 with 8 minutes and 8 seconds to play but managed only three baskets from the floor for the remainder of the game as TAAG played them even, 14-14, down the stretch.
Freshman Djordje Beronja led EFSC with 14 points. Sophomores Jermohn Queen and Kyle Meyer and freshman Marcus Barham had 13 and sophomore Demetrius McReynolds had 10.
The Titans beat TAAG 83-54 in Melbourne on Nov. 20 after briefly trailing early in the second half.
EFSC came into Tuesday ranked third in the Florida College System Activities Association coaches’ poll behind Northwest Florida State and Tallahassee Community College. The Titans were sixth in the nationwide computerized Massey Ratings and received votes but were not ranked in the second NJCAA Division I top 25 poll of the season.
Next up for EFSC is the Titans Winter Classic on Friday and Saturday in the Melbourne Campus gym.
EFSC hosts Cape Fear Community College of North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Friday and plays Florida State College Jacksonville at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Cape Fear plays Daytona State College of Daytona Beach at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Admission to all games is free.
EFSC closes its home stand by hosting ASA Miami at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in a re-match of their Nov. 4 game which the Titans won 105-42 in Melbourne.