Florida Tech Falls To Eckerd In Final Minutes, 60-57

By  //  February 1, 2015

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Corbin Jackson tacked another double-double

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Corbin Jackson recorded his 11th double-double of the season and his sixth straight at Eckerd on Saturday. (Image by Amanda Stratford Photography)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eckerd scored 14 points in the final 2:22 to overcome an 11-point deficit and steal a Sunshine State Conference victory away from Florida Tech, 60-57, Saturday evening at the McArthur Center.

Eckerd improves to 11-8 overall and 4-5 in SSC action, while FIT drops to 12-8, 2-7 SSC.

“I think we dominated the second half,” head coach Billy Mims said.

“I thought we played really good basketball for 38 minutes. Defensively, that might be the best 38 minutes we’ve played all year. We deserved to win this game. We just beat ourselves. We had an 11-point lead with two minutes to play.”

Billy Mims

Billy Mims

“There were three reasons why we lost the game after having an 11-point lead,” Mims said.

“We didn’t protect the ball, we didn’t make free throws when the game was on the line and you can’t give up threes. The biggest threes Eckerd hit came in the last two minutes of play.”

The Panthers were ahead by eight points with 1:24 remaining. Keshawn Ingram cut the Tritons’ deficit to six with 1:16 to go.

Jordan Majors’ free throw attempt on a one-and-one was missed on the next possession. Jerrick Stevenson rebounded the shot and missed a three-pointer on the other end of the floor.

However, Ingram was in the right place at the right time to catch the ball and step back for a triple to make it a one possession game with 59 seconds left.

Chris Carter was fouled at the 47-second mark and unfortunately his first attempt at a one-and-one went off the rim.

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Eckerd once again capitalized as E.J. Moody knocked down a jumper to put his team within one.

Stevenson continued to come up big for the Tritons, forcing a turnover and finding Moody for a lay-in and the go-ahead basket. He then iced the win by knocking down a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Chris Carter led the Panthers with 20 points, while playing all 40 minutes.

Corbin Jackson tacked another double-double on to his season total. He now has 11 on the year and has picked one up in each of the last six games.

He finished with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Saint Leo will travel to Melbourne on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. scheduled SSC game.

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