Panthers Defeat Rollins 61-48, Clinch Spot In Tourny
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // February 26, 2015
'I’m really, really proud of the defensive effort'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech (15-12, 5-10 SSC) held Rollins (9-18, 2-13 SSC) to 33-percent shooting on its home floor in the Panthers’ 61-48 victory Wednesday night at Warden Arena.
With the win, FIT clinches a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, scheduled for March 6-8 at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
The win solidifies the Panthers’ second series sweep of the Tars in four years and it eliminates them from SSC Tournament contention.
The loss is Rollins’ 18th of the season. The last time the Tars dropped that many games in one season was 51 years ago during the 1963-64 campaign.
“The thing that I was the most proud of was our defensive effort,” head coach Billy Mims said.
“Rollins runs a tremendous offense. It’s a read and react type of offense and they run it among the best in the country. I told the guys in the locker room that tonight’s game was going to come down to defense and rebounding. We defended well for a solid 40 minutes, holding Rollins to 48 points.”
“They were playing for an outside chance at going to the tournament. We were able to put the dagger in them. I’m really, really proud of the defensive effort our kids gave tonight,” said Mims.
Jermaine Jackson scored a team-high 21 points and has now scored in double figures in four straight games.
Corbin Jackson collected his 14th double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jordan Majors rounded out the Panthers, who scored in double figures with 11.
FIT led for 38 minutes and never trailed in the game. Less than 10 minutes in, the Panthers were up 17-4 following a layup by Corbin Jackson off a pass from Jermaine Jackson. Rollins eventually cut its deficit to eight, but the score would increase back to double digits by the time the halftime buzzer sounded.
In the second half, the Tars were within seven points with 2:45 to play. With optimism beginning to fill the arena, Majors connected with Corbin Jackson on an alley-oop to all but dash the Tars’ fans hopes.
The Panthers out-rebounded the Tars 51-28, including an 18-10 edge on the offensive boards. Joining Corbin Jackson in double figure rebounds was Akeem Johnson with 11.
FIT will wrap up the regular season on Saturday at Lynn at 4 p.m.
Live video and stats will be available courtesy of Lynn at FloridaTechSports.com
Paul Van Scott will broadcast the game for the Panthers at FloridaTechSports.com/live