Titans Roll USC In New Year Classic 80-51, Improve To 17-1
By Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications // January 3, 2015
Sophomore Kyle Meyer leads team with 19 pts.
BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Eastern Florida’s men’s basketball team limited USC-Salkahatchie to 15 first-half points en route to an 80-51 victory on Saturday to wrap up the Eastern Florida New Year Classic on the Melbourne Campus.
Eastern Florida improved to 17-1 overall with its 13th straight victory this season and its 41st straight victory at home. Salkahatchie fell to 11-9.
In Saturday’s Classic opener Eastern Florida’s Southern Conference foe Broward College defeated Wytheville Community College of Virginia 78-68 to improve to 15-3.
Wytheville fell to 7-9. Eastern Florida wasted little time in getting ahead of Salkahatchie racing to a 17-5 lead with 15 minutes and 14 seconds to play in the first half. From there the Titans went on a 24-10 run for a 41-15 halftime lead.
The Titans built a 48-19 advantage in the first three minutes of the second half before Salkahatchie got to within 48-26 with 14:34 to play. Four minutes later the score was 57-29.
“Every game and every series of events within a game is a chance to get better and that’s what we focus on,” said Eastern Florida head coach Jeremy Shulman.
“I thought it was a fantastic first half. What a defensive effort. When you’re up as big as we were in the second half you’re going to have some lapses. Fantastic effort. I thought we got a lot better today,” said Shulman.
Sophomore Kyle Meyer again led Eastern Florida, this time with 19 points to go with the 24 he scored in Friday’s 80-46 victory over Wytheville.
Classmates Jermohn Queen and Demetrius McReynolds added 15 and 13 points respectively on Saturday.
Eastern Florida now begins defense of its two straight Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference titles when it visits Indian River State College in Fort Pierce at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Conference teams play each other three times each. Admission to all Eastern Florida home games is free.
Eastern Florida’s first conference home game is 7 p.m. Jan. 14 when it hosts Palm Beach State College.