No. 25 Florida Tech Falls To Florida Gulf Coast, 77-58

By  //  December 4, 2014

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Jermaine Jackson finished with a team-high 18 points on Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast. (Linwood Ferguson image)

Jermaine Jackson finished with a team-high 18 points on Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast. (Linwood Ferguson image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – No. 25 Florida Tech played alongside NCAA Division I Florida Gulf Coast in the first half Wednesday night, but the Eagles prevailed in the end by a score of 77-58 at Alico Arena.

The game was an exhibition for the Panthers, but a regular season game for the Eagles who improve to 7-1 on the season.

“I thought we defended well enough throughout the ballgame to compete,” head coach Billy Mims said. “We were 5-for-26 from behind the arc. We just couldn’t buy a shot from the outside. You have to make some shots. They gave us some great looks.

“The area where we struggled was rebounding. They outrebounded us 54-39. They also won points in the paint and their bench outscored ours. Their bench played most of the game tonight and they scored 51 points. I thought that was a big difference in the ballgame.”

Jordan Majors drives toward the basket against the Eagles. (Florida Tech image)

Jordan Majors drives toward the basket against the Eagles. (Florida Tech image)

Florida Tech defended well in the first half, holding its counterpart to 39 percent shooting from the field. It also overcame a 13-0 run that gave Florida Gulf Coast a 25-15 lead with 7:31 to play. Akeem Johnson punctuated a 9-0 run with a free throw that tied the game at 30 with 2:09 left in the first.

A three-pointer by the Eagles’ Christian Terrell gave his team a 33-30 lead at the break. Jermaine Jackson led all scorers at halftime with 10 points. FIT turned the ball over just two times in the first half and it forced five Florida Gulf Coast turnovers.

However, in the second, the Panthers were held to 25.6 percent (10-of-39) shooting from the field and 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from the arc. The Eagles meanwhile shot 50 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the arc. Terrell connected on 5-of-6 shooting, including all three of his three-pointers, to pace all scorers in the second half with 14 points.

Billy Mims

Billy Mims

“We shot the ball poorly in the second half,” Mims said.

“When shots don’t go down, you lose momentum. I thought we did a poor job in the second half of getting out and contesting their threes. I thought we did a great job of controlling the paint defensively. The transition buckets in the second half opened up the game.”

Jackson finished with a team-high 18 points. Sam Daniel and Corbin Jackson scored 10 points each. Daniel just missed a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds. Corbin Jackson also swatted away four Eagles shots.

“Sam played well again,” Mims said. “He finished one rebound away from a double-double with 10 points. Jermaine Jackson proved why he’s a candidate for Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.”


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