Florida Tech’s Corbin Jackson Collects Third SSC Weekly Award, Defensive Player of The Week
By Florida Tech // January 6, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Nearing the season’s midway point, Corbin Jackson is yet again making his case as the league’s top defender after earning his third Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday.
Despite the Panthers’ 11-day hiatus away from competition, Jackson showed no signs of rust in return from the holiday break. Facing a more physically imposing frontline against Division I Stetson, the reigning two-time SSC Defensive Player of the Year registered a season-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and five blocked shots in a hard-fought 93-83 exhibition defeat.
Three days later, Jackson rang in the New Year with another 20-point effort, coupled by six boards and six blocks, to help Florida Tech overcome an 11-point first-half deficit en route its 10th win in 12 tries versus conference foe Lynn.
Following the 101-85 victory, the Panthers are now 3-1 in the SSC for the first time since 2011-12, the same year they captured the program’s first and only SSC regular season title.
Collectively over the two games, Jackson connected on 20-of-27 attempts from the field and now leads the league in both field goal percentage and blocked shots.
FIT will hope to continue its strong start in the SSC when it welcomes Saint Leo to the Clemente Center for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip Wednesday. The Panthers and Lions split the season series in 2014-15, with each team securing wins on its respective home court.
Live coverage of the midweek contest will be available at floridatechsports.com/live.