Vital Conference Games For EFSC Women and Men
By Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications // February 9, 2015
victory will give EFSC Women 2-game lead
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Fans of high-stakes basketball need to look no further than Eastern Florida State College as the biggest week in years unfolds on the Melbourne Campus.
Eastern Florida’s women and men can take big steps toward Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference championships with home games on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Admission is free.
The women, 18-6 overall and 9-1 in the conference, host second-place St. Petersburg College at 5:30 p.m. at the Titans Field House. A victory will give Eastern Florida two victories over everyone in the conference.
The women and the men play each of their conference foes three times — 15 games for the women, 12 for the men — to determine who advances to the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament March 4-7 in Ocala. The top three women’s teams move on while the top two men’s teams qualify.
St. Petersburg’s women are 7-3 in the conference. Miami Dade College is 6-4, Palm Beach 5-5, Indian River State 3-7 and Broward College 0-10.
Eastern Florida’s women last played in the state tournament in 2003.
“I’ve maintained from the start of practice that we would strive to get better with every practice, every possession and every game,” said Eastern Florida’s women’s head coach Jim Grimes who is in his second season.
“If we met those goals and played with our principles and within our process we could be successful. How you define success is an individual thing. Based on our record and accomplishments to date you can say we’ve been successful. But believe me – and the players are as tired of hearing this as I am of saying it – we’ve got a lot more work to do.
“If we get our work done the results will come.”
The women have won 10 straight games at home and exceeded their overall win totals of the last two seasons combined when they won their 11th game this season.
The men, 24-3 and 7-2 and two-time defending conference champions, host Palm Beach State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a game that will be televised live on WEFS-TV and streamed at www.njcaatv.com/efsc.
The game will be preceded by a live remote radio broadcast of the Mark Moses Show on Sports Radio 95.9 “The Fan” from 3 to 6 p.m. also from the Titans Field House.
Also, the game is Faculty and Staff Night with free pizza and a soda for faculty and staff sponsored by United Faculty of Florida-Brevard, plus an attendance contest by campus with free t-shirts at half-time for the attendees from the campus with the most faculty and staff to sign in.
The Titans have split two games with Palm Beach State and must win their remaining three games to be assured on their third consecutive trip to the tournament.
Broward College at 6-3 is second in conference followed by Miami Dade College at 5-3, Palm Beach at 4-5 and Indian River State at 0-9. Eastern Florida has beaten Indian River three times and Broward twice. It split two games with Miami Dade.
“It’s crunch time,” said Eastern Florida men’s head coach Jeremy Shulman whose team is riding a 45-game home winning streak.
“That we have two of our final three games at home before what has been all season just a tremendously enthusiastic and supportive home crowd is definitely a plus.
“The guys feed off the crowd and the crowd feeds off our success. But make no mistake Palm Beach is a very dangerous team and we can take absolutely nothing for granted.
They pushed us to the limit here (a 78-74 Titans victory) and beat us at their place. I’m hoping to have a record-setting crowd at Titans Field House for Wednesday’s game.”
The men travel to Kendall, always a tough place to play, to meet Miami Dade at 4 p.m. Saturday and conclude the regular season by hosting Broward at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in a Sophomore Day game that will be telecast live by WEFS-TV and streamed live at www.njcaatv.com/efsc.
The women also travel to Kendall on Saturday, tipping off against Miami Dade at 2 p.m., host Broward in the Sophomore Night game at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and travel to Indian River in Fort Pierce and Palm Beach in Lake Worth on Feb. 21 and Feb. 24 respectively to conclude the regular season.