Red Devil, College of Central Florida Up Next For EFSC Titans Men’s Basketball
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida State // November 4, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida men’s basketball head coach Jeremy Shulman will need a fine touch this week.
First he needs to prepare his team for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. visit from Red Devil Academy while at the same time honing things for a visit from always tough College of Central Florida at 7 p.m. Friday.
While Red Devil is not expected to pose the challenge that 2012-2013 national champion CCF will, Shulman can’t go into Wednesday with rose-colored glasses.
Red Devil scored 72 points in falling 105-72 at Florida State College Jacksonville.
A victory over Red Devil will extend Eastern Florida’s Titan Field House winning streak to 50 games and give the young, still developing Titans (2-0) a shot of confidence heading into Friday.
Central Florida also is 2-0. And while it is a different team than the one that beat the Titans in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 title game en route to the national title, the quality of the program under head coach Tim Ryan is undiminished.
The CCF game will be telecast live on WEFS-TV and streamed live at www.efsctitans.com
Admission is free and one lucky EFSC student will get the opportunity to sink a three-point shot for a free three-hour course in 2016.
“We’re hoping the gym is full for both games this week,” Shulman said.
“The Red Devil game should be exciting and the game against Central Florida really needs no introduction. Year in and year out CCF is one of Florida’s top teams and they will pressure us at both ends of the floor from the opening tip to the final buzzer.
“Our guys will certainly know where they stand when this one is over.”
Eastern Florida is ranked third in Florida in the FCSAA/Region 8 poll and 25th nationally. CCF is ranked ninth in Florida.
“We appreciate the ranking but at the same time know Central Florida is better than ninth. We need to lace our shoes tight and be ready to compete.”
Heading into the two games, freshmen Kareem Brewton and Jon Martin are leading the Titans in scoring averaging 16 points per game. Sophomore B.J. Gladden is at 14.5; sophomore Djordje Beronja is at 12; and freshman C.J. Jackson at 10.5.
Gladden is the leading rebounder at 9.5. Jackson leads in assists at 8.5 and steals at 3.5.